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)
Loved this book. The author has a good sense of humour and writing style and I found the content interesting and challenging. The only issue was there was so much technical information, worthwhile lists and processes, that I now need to go and buy the physical book. All good for business I'm sure, but basically I really enjoyed this initial review.
Timothy Ferriss makes some startling claims in the book, not only about how to game your work life, but about his own accomplishments as well. He lays claim a couple times to being a champion martial artist. However, as I understand the researchable facts, there is no public record of him being a champion, or anything else. He claims to lecture at Princeton University. The reality is that he does a guest lecture for one class once a semester, and is not listed at Princeton as a lecturer. He also claims to have become wealthy by starting and running his own company that marketed a health drink that purports to improve brain function. Of course there is no scientific research to back up the claim, no FDA approval, nor any evidence that the product is anything but one of thousands of such “promise everything, do nothing” snake-oils that have made many unethical marketeers wealthy over the centuries.
With this as a backdrop, should I or you want to take business advice from this man? Surprisingly, the answer may be “yes”.
The reason is that Timothy is, if nothing else, a master gamer. He studies the rules of the game, finds its weaknesses, and like the very smart rat in a maze, he crawls over or tunnels under the barriers to get to the prize before anyone else. If one can utilize this strategy without a breach of ethics, I count that as working smarter, not harder!
This is my view of the heart of his work. Can you get away with only working 4 hours a week at your job? Not unless you are a master snake-oil salesperson. Can you get far more accomplished in far less time? Absolutely, and I’m convinced anyone reading this book will find at least a few treasures they can take back to the job to make themselves and the organization better, smarter, and more effective.
Marc Mintz, ACHDS, ACSP, ACTC
CIO and Senior IT Consultant
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
My husband listened to this book so this is his review. The book, in his opinion, gives a portrait of a lifestyle that seems fairly unrealistic for the typical person. He also noted that the additions from the first book, which he also read were nominal... just a few small tidbits that didn't really make purchasing the updated book worth it. Bottom line, he didn't come away with any revelations after reading either of these book, tempting as they sound.
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.
Basically just tells you to come up with a product and sell it and make a bunch of money, what a great idea
Outstanding. Have listened to it four times over the past year. Incredibly inspiring for any entrepreneur. Can't recommend it enough.
The author suggests that in order to get your boss to agree that you work from home, first slow down your production at work, next call out sick for a couple days, then do work from home at a higher pace and tell your boss how productive you were. In other words, be deceptive and unethical: great! I couldn't stand it. Even though I paid for this book (and therefore lost a credit), I won't be listening any more...I can find something else to listen to.
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.
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.
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