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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich | [Timothy Ferriss]

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.
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Publisher's Summary

Tim Ferriss is an extraordinary young man on a mission. The 28-year-old serial vagabond and successful entrepreneur has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University for the past four years: a how-to and why-to guide to throwing out the old methods for success (balancing life and work, retiring well, having a great nest egg) and replacing them with an entirely new way of living.

The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

©2007 Timothy Ferriss; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador." (Jack Canfield)
"Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family, and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful work." (A.J. Jacobs, Editor-at-Large, Esquire)

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    Josh Richmond Heights, MO, USA 10-31-07
    Josh Richmond Heights, MO, USA 10-31-07
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    "Not so much."

    While this audiobook may have a few helpful hints here and there for managing your time and energy, Ferriss clubs the listener/reader over the head with talk of his life spent climbing mountains and being anywhere but the office. What he's advocating is the supremely selfish lifestyle - you can start a business and put it in motion, after which point you're pretty much totally useless for everything except receiving money. Don't be fooled with talk of anyone being able to do what Ferriss does - slick talk and smooth assurances mask the fact that he both depends on and walks all over the network of subordinates he's put together to run his life while he plays around.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-13-07 Member Since 2014

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    "Did I miss something"

    I listened to this audiobook and kept waiting for the author to get to the part which made it clear why he picked the title he did. He spends most of his time speaking about three things: outsourcing odd jobs to india, convincing boss to let you work from home some, and taking mini retirements of a year or so. the only trouble is that most bosses arent going to let you spend 36 of your 40 yours out of the office and still keep you job and most people who are interested in building a life are not going to be able to uproot and just travel to some distance location of the globe (the author gives useless advice about using online travel cites etc to get good deals). it seems this books simply is the authors way of living his own advice. he did not want to work for a living so he through together a bunch of random examples from his own life and bunched it together to sale to us suckers to fund his next year long mini retirement.

    244 of 282 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Richmond, VA, USA 10-28-07
    Robin Richmond, VA, USA 10-28-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Unrealistic"

    Being 47 and with 5 children aged 7 to 17, I find this book a little unrealistic for someone at my stage of life. More than that, I simply did not enjoy his tone throughout the book. He seems to have a life filled with activity, but little substance. As I listened, I kept wondering what was the matter with me that I had no desire to do all of the jet setting and globe trotting. Call me boring, but I would rather stay in one place and build long term relationships with my family, neighbors and friends. Yes, I do want my children to have some really neat experiences (trips to Africa, Alaska, whatever...), but not at the cost of growing up disengaged from my friends and family.

    There were some good suggestions to maintain control of your work and clients, however, I am already employing most of them.

    Terrible book to "listen" to...maybe better to read.

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas New York, NY, USA 03-27-08
    Douglas New York, NY, USA 03-27-08
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    "Interminable"

    If you want to read this book, do so in print: at least that way you can easily skim it. It has only a few points, which you will most likely get out of any newspaper or magazine review. The key point of the book (and I doubt I'll be able to find the details) is that you should find a job that lets you work remotely. Once you have that, you can be creative to reduce your "work load" to its core, which is only a few hours of real work a week. This can be achieved through entrepreneurship, outsourcing, or just working from home where nobody is watching your hours. You are then free to intersperse your "retirement" throughout your life, doing things you enjoy.

    The rest of the book, as far as I can tell, is platitudes and case studies that are light on details. In the print copy, I'm certain you can skip all that junk, but in the audio version, you'll want to listen to it at 2 or 4x speed, if you can. The only redeeming feature of the audio version is that the narrator does try to add drama to the reading.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mary New York, NY, USA 06-12-07
    Mary New York, NY, USA 06-12-07
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    "Fantastic wealth of information"

    I've listened to The 4-hr work week more than once since I downloaded it last week and I just now ordered the hard copy since there are so many sources of information cited which I intend to use. This is inspirational and motivational material. If you are a believer in the work smart not hard concept then you will truly appreciate this book. The author walks you through the neccesary steps to start living your dreams.

    If you have no imagination and lots of self doubt then you will be skeptical and you probably won't take action.

    If you believe in yourself, that you deserve to live your dreams and are willing to start dreaming then you will be left feeling inspired, enlightened and empowered.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Whitinsville, MA, USA 09-20-08
    Jason Whitinsville, MA, USA 09-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining...but thats about it"

    On the "pro" side:
    (1)This book is often humerous and entertaining (2)The lists of service websites are a valuable time saver when looking for available resources for your business.
    (3) Its motivational value (mostly from motivational quotes) and fear analysis chapter is helpful.

    But on the "con" side I'm afraid Tim Ferriss is like many other successful Type-A persons who want to credit a "plan" or "program" for their success (you can SELL this) rather than the more likely reality: He marketed the right product to the right people at the right time.

    While getting this, the listener must endure some rather crude humor and somewhat unethical suggestions. HIs 'liberation' from the office job really only applies to cubicle dwelling underperformers whose jobs are almost entirely phone calls and web based. This simply wouldn't apply to most careers.

    I gave it a 2 because I think it falls far below its promises. If the book was entitled "A brief biography of Tim Ferriss" I would have given it a 4 or 5.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Asheville, NC, USA 09-28-08
    Heather Asheville, NC, USA 09-28-08
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    "rubbish"

    what a load of self-aggrandizing rot. it would have taken many fewer words, and quite a few less irritating kick boxing anecdotes, to say "e-commute. work smarter, not harder. get a blackberry and a laptop and travel the world."

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    David Delran, NJ, USA 08-19-08
    David Delran, NJ, USA 08-19-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Not very helpful..."

    At times it was pompous, it was all about Tim Ferris and his singular experience and the delivery was stilted and choppy. This is not something that many of us can or will replicate. It was a re-hash of most "rags-to-riches" stories and not unique or that well presented. There were some useful tips - but not enough to set Ferris apart from better works like those from Tom Peters or Brian Tracy. And they are much more entertaining at the same time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 04-26-08
    William Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 04-26-08
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    "Interesting Content-Reading Could Be Better"

    The content of this book has been well reviewed here and on other books sites. There are some very very interesting topics in this book, some of which are things I could actually implement and some that are not practical for me.

    My biggest complaint is the reading of the book. The reader actually reads out the names of URL's for web sites which is really a time waster and very annoying. Audible should create a companion link for each book that contains any URL references and mention it in the beginning and end of the reading as well as list it with the book information on this site. That would save a lot of time and make the audio experience much more enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Elmwood, IL, United States 02-23-08
    Neil Elmwood, IL, United States 02-23-08
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    "Beyond concept to the details"

    I've read many books on a similar topic, and while the concepts are similar - Tim goes way beyond into real life, nitty gritty detail about steps to accomplish the goal of streamlining and stripping away unnecessary tasks; testing goals before setting out to achieve them; and finalizing it all into a life plan. Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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