Forget the old concepts of retirement and a deferred life plan. There is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. For living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.
This expanded edition includes dozens of practical tips and case studies from people who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book. Also included are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.
©2007 2009 by Tim Ferriss; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"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. This will be huge." (Jack Canfield)
the narrator talks like a douche. I thought I liked it at first, but his doucheyness rubbed off on me and I started acting like a douche and it made me depressed. if you're a douche, you'll like the audio book version. if not, stick with the print version
other than that the book is one of the best productivity books out there. highly recommend
-not a douche
The book was a fantastic listen. The narration was wonderful as well. There were so many tips in this book that I had to listen to it twice. If you are looking for a way to break out of the rat race this book gives you an excellent place to start.
This just makes SO much sense! Why not have several mini-retirements throughout our lives?! Since reading this book several times, I have found myself more focused and energized! Once you outline what it is you really want in life, it is easier to focus on what it will take to get you there. Thank you Tim Ferris for a phenominal book!
I just downloaded this book and look forward to listening to it, however I must say it is trying to reach a 4 hour work week in 13 hours..... Is it worth the time? I'll keep you posted.
Tim essentially teaches you in this book how to be self-serving and prosper at the expense of society at large. In his eyes as long as something is not illegal, then it must be perfectly ethical and fine to exploit. In other words, he knows how to game the system.
I have no doubt that all of the numerous posts here and on Amazon.com that give this book a rave review and claim it changed their lives are just Tim's army of personal assistants in India planting these reviews. Doing that would be EXACTLY the kind of behavior he advocates in his book, and he mentions having his Indian hired labor perform numerous tasks that the average person would look at skeptically. For example, in the book when Tim's wife is mad at him, he hires someone in India to write a note in the first person (as if from Tim) and send it to his wife telling her that he loves her etc. That is one of hundreds of examples of shady dealings in this book.
I listened to about 75% of the book for entertainment value alone, because I couldn't get over the ridiculousness of it all.
Too many lists being read do not allow for easy listening. You wish he would hurry up to the meat of the matter. This book seems best for people who are in corporate America.
I also have the eBook version but wanted to listen to this and work through it with a friend. What Feriss proposes is provocative but I'm not sure how practical it is for those of us in just ordinary jobs. It's difficult to "outsource" a manual labor job, for instance. I did like the "dreamlining" exercise and I was able to get some inspiration from some of the other info. The audio version gets bogged down by all of the web page references. The narrator spells out every little slash and dash of the addresses and there are many of them. Probably a couple hours could have been trimmed from this version without all of the URL's. In reference to one of the other reviews, the narrator's voice IS NOT computerized. It is a real person. I think what that person may have experienced is the effect on the sound from digitizing audio.
Many of the main ideas laid out in the early chapters were very challenging of cultural expectations; very good.
However, when Tim began to explain some the tools /sites /products he used to accomplish his lifestyle design goals, it seemed like he was just plugging a bunch of sponsors. Perhaps if this was more of a reference section at the end as opposed to the bulk of many chapters, it would have been more palatable.
To say this book changed my life and you should absolutely get this book would be a bit preachy so let me just be honest. The 4-Hour Workweek simply did one thing, open my eyes to a new world of thinking and learning. It set me on a pretty amazing course. No, I did not just pack up and leave to far away destinations, and no, I'm not typing this on a hammock next to a beach, but I have changed my life so much so that a hammock down by the South American coastline may only be 40 more degrees to a 180 lifestyle change. I'll get there. Just changing my outlook on work pushed me to learn more and better myself, my whole self, body, mind, and "soul." I began listening to more podcasts (usually on the business end), started reading fiction, develop good habits/rituals, and has led me to start my own business; which might I add is doing pretty good. All in all, the 4-Hour workweek is one of the most influential books I've read/listened to thus far. It may not change your life, you may not ever dance in front of a crowd, win a martial arts competition, make a million in a year, but you will probably find something that will nudge your trajectory in ways you wouldn't expect.
Tim was my favorite character he is Funny, witty and brilliant mastermind~
When Tim said "reality is always negotiable" LOL brilliant
I will listen to this book at least 10 times to have it vibrate so I can implement. I hope I can get half the results following the process and building toward my freedom and breakaway from the traditional work loads.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.