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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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. This will be huge." (Jack Canfield)

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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 07-09-10
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 07-09-10 Member Since 2010
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    "My favorite book for encouragement!"

    This updated version is worth the listen even if you have the first edition because it is filled with real life examples of people who went through with the steps in the first book and were successful.

    I wish there would've been some people who didn't make it and why. I feel like a lot of people wouldn't have been successful due to family responsibility. There isn't much advice for people who are married and have children. Tim is obviously single at the time of writing and able to focus on things without family responsibility.

    This book makes you want to get up and do something...but sometimes reality hits if your spouse isn't going along with your ideas.

    Excellent read and resources...

    101 of 133 people found this review helpful
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    carlos 01-14-16
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    "I will live off this book"

    My wife and I will apply all of Tim's strategies and I will update this review in one year once I'm self employed and on vacation.

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    Michelle P. Simms 01-11-16
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    "WOW! Excellent information/examples to redesign your life."

    This is a book that you will visit over and over again. Not only is it inspiring but it is basically a blueprint to Chang the easy you do business and the way you live. My life will never be the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Book Woman Massachusetts USA 01-10-16
    Book Woman Massachusetts USA 01-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Superb!!"

    Although I do not see myself incorporating many of the suggestions, others I will. The book provides a wealth of information and resources. I encourage people to listen to it on tape. You will not be disappointed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ItsAboutLearning 12-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Success Coach that Loves to Learn! I personally think audible is a better investment than my Masters Degree. Hope everyone is AWESOME!!! :)

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    "I thought this was an amazing read."

    I am amazed how many poor reviews are out there about this book. I will agree the title is a bit desceptive but the information and resources in this book are well worth the small investment. If I were to say this book did one thing for me, it was to open my mind to posibilities that I had never thought of in both business and travel. The creativity the book sparked was invaluable.

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    Melissa Cales 12-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a starting point, not a roadmap"
    What did you love best about The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)?

    It helped me realize that in my day job, myself and my direct supervisor are spending way too much time on the minutia that doesn't affect or impact anything. It's just a timesuck. The anecdote about two employees who are paid the same salary for the same job and one spends his time running around the office delivering things and doing extra small things that aren't impactful but works 60 hours and the other focuses just on what matters and only works 40. Which one is the smarter, harder working employee? That was me. I'm learning to say no to things that don't matter, prioritize what does and convincing my boss to delegate things like transcribing an interview - she's a VP and I'm middle-management - why the eff should we be spending our time transcribing an interview when we can outsource it for .99 cents/minute?!


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s voice?

    monotonous at times. easy to lose focus on the words he's saying, but also oddly soothing at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the reviews of this book are really naive in my opinion. Here's the thing - Ferriss even disclaims in the beginning - this isn't for everyone, not every one of these scenarios will work for everyone. pick and choose what applies to you. Why are some people getting their panties in a wad because he outsourced and automated to an extreme you can't? This isn't a step-by-step roadmap for everyone. But I guarantee there are at least 5 ideas or suggestions that anyone can apply to either their personal or professional lives.

    Ferriss describing how he outsourced and automated so much of his business so he could work less, smarter not harder, inspired me to rethink the side business I'm starting. I took a step back and researched which online tools/programs I was going to use and evaluated their integrations to reduce the amount of manual entry or tedious admin activities I would need to do to a bare minimum. Sure, it'll cost me about $75 extra dollars a month, but that's what I charge an hour. So an extra $75 in business expenses that I can earn back in 1 hour of client work, but that will save me probably 8-10 hours of work a month. That's a NO BRAINER.

    The way Ferriss described his learning curve on outsourcing research and admin work to overseas VAs was a lightbulb moment for me. I'm working on a huge product and really wanted to outsource some of the research but wasn't sure I would be able to because I need such particular information in such a particular way. I will definitely be re-listening to that section of the book multiple times. It made me realize that I CAN outsource most of the work actually, I just need to change how I assign the work and give it in small pieces. I've already started finding a VA on UpWork!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cory tona 07-17-15
    cory tona 07-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "lazy"

    I became very bored after the third or fourth chapter. Definitely one of those books I couldn't wait to be through with.

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    Martin Vápeník Czech Republic 04-21-15
    Martin Vápeník Czech Republic 04-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting parts but overall average"

    The listening of this book wasn't really easy for me.

    Surely, there are very interesting parts and recommendation and the idea itself is a dream of many people and it's great.

    However in my point of view, the interesting parts are mixed with boring and not easy to listen parts like packing recommendation, many websites and tools recommendations and I also didn't like the way of Timothy's writing. Honestly, I had a problem to finish the listening of this book.

    Moreover, if you imagine that all or at least the most of people will follow these principles, it will make them not working because if everybody has time limit for reading emails, it will create significant delays in communication. If everyone wants to speak the first on a meeting to be able to leave later during the meeting, it will create a fight at the beggining and so on.

    Despite it I would probably recommend this book to the most people but I would tell them not to expect too much. The book has better reviews than it is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helpful Reviewer Meridian, ID, United States 10-20-11
    Helpful Reviewer Meridian, ID, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    I have a bit of a different outlook on business than the author, but I definitely learned a lot of new things and have changed my business to apply some of the things I learned. This book was worth the money.

    Still, this book was not as good as "The E-Myth Revisited." That was easily the best business book I've ever read, and I've read a lot....

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 11-17-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Am I the only one..."

    ...who thinks this guy is a total [insert expletive here] who cheats his way through life? Please, someone say that I'm not!

    106 of 147 people found this review helpful

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