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The 4-Hour Workweek EDIT I ve left my original opinion below However, as time has passed, I don t really think I can recommend this book as anything but entertainment Anything useful has been written elsewhere, better, and by people who aren t lying to you I hesitantly recomend this book The reasons why are towards the end of the review.The douchebaggery and straight up disengenuity espoused almost drips off the pages quite remarkable even in the self help, think outside the box, start your own business g EDIT I ve left my original opinion below However, as time has passed, I don t really think I can recommend this book as anything but entertainment Anything useful has been written elsewhere, better, and by people who aren t lying to you I hesitantly recomend this book The reasons why are towards the end of the review.The douchebaggery and straight up disengenuity espoused almost drips off the pages quite remarkable even in the self help, think outside the box, start your own business genre Much of what Ferris recommends just plain doesn t work I m talking from experience Other things are slightly ridiculous an entire chapter is spent discussing how one can get people to stop bugging you at your cubicle by lying to their faces about how busy you are, or using other,passive aggressive methods to avoid them Yetsuggestions are evenunethical and unsound how to get your boss to sign you up to work at home, so you can go off and get your job done in an hour a day and then get on with pursuing your just rewards Apparently, as long as no one realizes what useless timewaster you used to be, Ferris thinks it is perfectly acceptable to use this new found time to your own ends, as long as no one catches on.According to Ferris, we should all use methods to arbitrage the actual productivity of others such as email friends and colleagues for information rather than finding it ourselves, despite the fact he also espouses avoiding all such requests from others, getting them to channel their communications into forms that you can either ignore or answer as quickly as possible, preferably through an executive assistant As far as that secret get rich quick, live on the beach lifestyle he promises It involves the same arbitrage, only commercially In other words, we should all start websites that dropship stuff and by google adwords and we ll all be rich Life doesn t work like that someone has to make shit, and the web is already saturated with stores.Why do I recomend this book anyway Well, despite the shitloads of pie in the sky bad advice, and the loads of leeching douchebaggery that Ferris seems to think he is the original source for, there is a lot to be learned in regards to automating and simplifying one s life, and practicing and developing an enterpreneurial outlook to improving one s situation.So, read between the lines, recognize the Ferris is an untrustworthy weasel frat boy out to promote himself and sell books But, take note that while the lifestyle he espouses in his book just doesn t add up, his overall philosophy has served him well, and there is definitely utility in the tactics that serve this get someone else to do it for you life strategy Instead of focusing on this book s lame contents it was really bad I decided to share my review of how it was otherwise used in the hopes that it might inspire others.First of all, I found the book s paper a little rough in texture This eliminated it from being used in the outhouse or camping, if you know what I mean The raspy paper DID, however, have just the right stuff to be ripped and rolled into some really effective starter wicks in the old fireplace Went up like a charm and led to Instead of focusing on this book s lame contents it was really bad I decided to share my review of how it was otherwise used in the hopes that it might inspire others.First of all, I found the book s paper a little rough in texture This eliminated it from being used in the outhouse or camping, if you know what I mean The raspy paper DID, however, have just the right stuff to be ripped and rolled into some really effective starter wicks in the old fireplace Went up like a charm and led to a toasty warm fire in no time Very little smoke produced and it left a good, clean ash.The pages and binding that remained sat limply and dejected by the hearth for much of the evening before inspiration struck once again I tore the front cover off I am reluctant to burn colored ink in my fireplace call me old fashioned and ripped it into some smaller pieces to fold and wedge into a drafty window to help keep it closed I made sure to have the outer cover facing outward to better repel any moisture that might attack the paper from the window seam Again like it was MADE for the task Finally, and I m not proud of it I like to minimize my footprint on Mother Earth I had to let the binding go No good for burning and I doubt even a hungry squirrel would find it appealing It was dropped in the trash by the light of the crackling fire on that dark snowy night.I sat by the roaring fire as light sleet pellets tickle the window, pondering the fate of the environment With so many copies of this book very likely suffering some form of destruction around the globe what s a species to do At first I thought this was the bee s knees, toes, and ankles But as I read further I began to realize that this guy wins by cheating, delegates by leaving everything in the hands of his 5 hour personal assistant in India, and sells books by promising to tell you how to get rich, and delivers a book on how to get everyone around you to be really annoyed with you for shirking any responsibility He encourages you to lease expensive cars so you can feel like you are living the life of your At first I thought this was the bee s knees, toes, and ankles But as I read further I began to realize that this guy wins by cheating, delegates by leaving everything in the hands of his 5 hour personal assistant in India, and sells books by promising to tell you how to get rich, and delivers a book on how to get everyone around you to be really annoyed with you for shirking any responsibility He encourages you to lease expensive cars so you can feel like you are living the life of your dreams And then he puts Walden in his list of resources I m confused I guess he s saying that if you really want to drive a fancy car, then make that your priority, and then when you can afford to lease it, you ll be happy I m hoping that would then teach you that maybe a car is not the most important thing in your life and you might want to spend your 2500 a month on rent, food, health insurance and the like So you don t have to live in Borneo in order to drive your new car.Reading this book made me realize that I already have a life that involves meaningful work, setting my own schedule, and choosing whatever projects I want to do And oh yeah, passive income No, I don t drive a Ferrari and vacation in Argentina because the exchange rate is awesome But you know I don t really want to.I agree with some of his instructions on automation, especially the importance of not having decision making bottlenecks However, if you care about the reputation of your company you might want to have some input on its day to day operations I guess now we know why he is described as a serial entrepreneur on the book jacket.I give him points for being honest If someone wanted his kind of lifestyle, this would be a fairly good roadmap Except for one thing his sales ability Which he doesn t really teach in this book He definitely has a different take on business and the point of life, and perhaps it is useful just in that sense He is definitely marching to the beat of his own drummer I just am not sure I want to march with him Let ME save YOU a few hours.1 You re a game changer and a rule breaker.2 Quit checking your fucking email and get off the computer No, seriously Go.3 Outsource everything even your soul It s all about you 4 Retire, vacation, go mobile.5 Tim Ferriss is an ass.Questions Ryan Hey Tim, I work in a pickle factory in Poland and have a minimal education, how do I make the above program work for me Tim head explodes Seriously, some simple ideas are in here that can probably help you get thi Let ME save YOU a few hours.1 You re a game changer and a rule breaker.2 Quit checking your fucking email and get off the computer No, seriously Go.3 Outsource everything even your soul It s all about you 4 Retire, vacation, go mobile.5 Tim Ferriss is an ass.Questions Ryan Hey Tim, I work in a pickle factory in Poland and have a minimal education, how do I make the above program work for me Tim head explodes Seriously, some simple ideas are in here that can probably help you get things done faster and think about how you spend your time But Tim Ferriss is still an ass What do you do Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question Depending on when you ask this controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer I race motorcycles in Europe I ski in the Andes I scuba dive in Panama I dance tango in Buenos Aires He has spent than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast growing subculture who has abandoned the deferred life plan and instead mastered the new currencies time and mobility to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary worldJoin Tim Ferriss as he teaches you How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants forper hour and do whatever you want How blue chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs How to eliminate % of your work inhours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist How to trade a long haul career for short work bursts and freuent mini retirements What the crucial difference is between absolute and relative income How to train your boss to value performance over presence, or kill your job or company if it s beyond repair What automated cash flow muses are and how to create one intoweeks How to cultivate selective ignorance and create time with a low information diet What the management secrets of Remote Control CEOs are How to get free housing worldwide and airfare at% off How to fill the void and create a meaningful life after removing work and the office I don t know how else to put it Timothy Ferris is a douche There is, in fact, an entire genre of blog literature that explains why Timothy Ferriss is a douche Even New York Times columnist Frank Bruni got in on the action Since I already heard Ferriss insecure egocentricity on full display during his Long Now talk, I came to this book expecting a self obsessed hustler to peddle his you too can be like me vision But I still wanted to read the book I wanted to understand why it became a b I don t know how else to put it Timothy Ferris is a douche There is, in fact, an entire genre of blog literature that explains why Timothy Ferriss is a douche Even New York Times columnist Frank Bruni got in on the action Since I already heard Ferriss insecure egocentricity on full display during his Long Now talk, I came to this book expecting a self obsessed hustler to peddle his you too can be like me vision But I still wanted to read the book I wanted to understand why it became a bestseller and why Ferris, the arch egocentic, has become so influential among ambitious American men of my generation If you haven t heard of Ferriss before, you probably don t spend much time reading tech and entrepreneurship blogs What I didn t expect was to come to feel a deep sympathy for Ferriss Despite the fact that he s a jerk, he isn t a terrible writer and the biographic sections of the book are rich fodder for psychoanalysis Like Ferris, I also grew up with an instinctive, acute resentment of authority and hierarchical structures It is still the most defining characteristic of my personality, but I have learned to control the resentment and anger as I have matured Like Ferriss, I too was also extremely motivated and reasonably precocious This combination of wanting to accomplish so much while spending most of my energy rebelling against the institutions around me led to constant anxiety and insecurity Does not fulfill potential was scribbled across all of my report cards, which led me to rebel against my teachers and parents even , all the while internalizing the basic notion that I was letting people down.Like Ferriss, I knew that I didn t want to define my life by others expectations I wanted to find my own path and define my own expectations Part of that like Ferriss was to travel the world That is where our paths began to diverge Ferriss embraced a deep individualism that prioritizes self improvement as the definition of success Among his conclusions Don t search for meaningful work find a way to make as much money in as little time as possible, and spend the rest of your time having fun There is no meaning in life what we really want is excitement, not meaning Don t let others interrupt your path toward personal perfection if they start blabbering, cut them off and return to focusing on yourself.Ferriss is obsessed with his own image He constantly reminds the reader that he is a world champion of kickboxing, the winner of a tango championship in Argentina, a polyglot, a motorcycle racer, a chef, and a weight lifter But he is driven only by extrinsic motivation He does not appreciate the craftsmanship of his pastimes that is, in the words of Richard Sennett, the desire to do a job well for its own sake For Ferriss, it s all about winning a trophy, bragging to his friends, or checking something off his to do list The collective, the individual, and the twilight of the elites Why has Ferriss vision of the good life proved so appealing among my generation Why has the perfection of the self become such a popular pursuit I am easily persuaded by Christopher Hayes argument that the rise of American meritocracy over the past fifty years has led to extreme, individualistic competition among ambitious elites at the expense of our concern for collective well being In order to be successful in America today you have to focus on yourself The idea of placing one s community or one s work team ahead of one s self is pass David Brooks has written a lot about the individual versus collective world views From China, he penned a column noting that Asian economies are challenging the assumption that a culture of individualism creates incentives for greater economic growth Then, following President Obama s second inaugural address which he calls among the best of the past half century , Brooks examines the pros and cons of the individualist versus collectivist society It is the cultural debate that underlies almost all other contemporary political debates Like Ferriss, I too am deeply individualistic The day after I graduated from high school I packed up all my belongings and drove to Alaska to spend six months by myself I wanted to disconnect from all institutions, responsibilities, and expectations But unlike Ferriss, during my 20s I came to a deep appreciation of the satisfaction that can come from participating in a community that isn t defined by hierarchical structures or individual achievements I am speaking of my time working at Global Voices, which finally gave me a productive channel to focus my energy toward the goals of a greater community There is satisfaction that comes from individual accomplishments But, in my experience, nothing is as satisfying as building something together as a team I fear we are losing the craft of cooperation If there has one thing my generation has learned, it is self promotion and no one can out self promote Timothy Ferriss I hope that one day he can take a break from perfecting his self in order to experience the pleasure of cultivating community A few weeks ago in NYC, I sat with two of the smartest people I know at a cool brunch But explain it to me, I said Just what is it about the 4 Hour Work Week that we haven t already seen Having a background in a work smarter not harder industry the coaching industry , what I d heard about 4HWW had not impressed me as anything particularly fresh and new Well, said one friend, It s just never all been put in a book like this before Okay That didn t sound so compelling to me Well, A few weeks ago in NYC, I sat with two of the smartest people I know at a cool brunch But explain it to me, I said Just what is it about the 4 Hour Work Week that we haven t already seen Having a background in a work smarter not harder industry the coaching industry , what I d heard about 4HWW had not impressed me as anything particularly fresh and new Well, said one friend, It s just never all been put in a book like this before Okay That didn t sound so compelling to me Well, attempted the other It s Tim, too His personality The way he gets things across Still unimpressed.But here s the thing two people I really believe in and trust were telling me I HAD to read this book So I sucked it up and ordered it fromwho, I believe, I single handedly keep in business, though my scant GoodReads list may not yet reflect it.So I decided to give it a shot and ate it up in a weekend A fun and easy read The premise is basically this so many of us follow the rules and strive to tolerate the best job we can get for 40 years, holding off for retirement Tim Ferriss, the 30 year old author of this book, posits an entirely different worldview and a straightforward plan for achieving living it set up automatic profit centers, and take mini retirements throughout your life which he does, and explains in fun and interesting detail He s studied tango in Argentina, martial arts in Berlin Cool reading The thing I most enjoyed about this book were the practical tips I was familiar with many of them, having an internet entrepreneur background, but still found plenty of interesting information to make it worth my while Lots of good detail on the travel side too He gives you not just the theory, but the web addresses and the exact plan for setting up your own online business and mini retirement lifestyle It s interesting to look at the negative reviews of this book A lot of them sound like, Yes, that would be nice, but A careful read of the book should push you out of that it could never work for me, mentality Worth giving a shot I found this book on a recommendation from a good friend, and if it wasn t for that I might have put it down right away, because the tone is very markety, and the author makes a lot of big claims with little substance.That being said, the author must be a smart guy because there is a lot of good stuff in this book.Big Takeaways1 Most of us have the idea that we are supposed to work until we are 60, then retire and live the good life Tim does a great job pointing out how backwards that idea is, I found this book on a recommendation from a good friend, and if it wasn t for that I might have put it down right away, because the tone is very markety, and the author makes a lot of big claims with little substance.That being said, the author must be a smart guy because there is a lot of good stuff in this book.Big Takeaways1 Most of us have the idea that we are supposed to work until we are 60, then retire and live the good life Tim does a great job pointing out how backwards that idea is, and gives lots of suggestions for how to change your life to accommodate He calls those who have done so the New Rich , as they are rich in life which is not related to being rich in dollars 2 Take mini retirements throughout your life instead of planning to retire at the end of your life which I probably wouldn t do anyways This means every 5 years take a year off to go on a big adventure Tim s point is you don t need to be rich to do this, and gives a lot of advice on how to go about it I don t think he ll convince too many people, but it does sound like he s starting to have a following.3 Be a business owner not a business runner One gives you lots of free time the other consumes your life which I can currently attest to 4 Time is your most valuable asset Tim gives a lot of good tips for time management which aren t unique, but every time you read them helps you The ones that stuck out for me were only check email 3 times a day at set intervals outsource everything you can to 3rd parties like a virtual concierge in India who works for 5 hr batch activities like paying bills for max efficiency give employees autonomous rules guidelines avoid meetings whenever possible use emails instead works wonders 5 Try to start businesses that can be completely outsourced after you ve set them up, so they run on auto pilot The author did it with a nutrient company I m dubious on this one though.6 80 20 rule 80% of your revenue probably comes from 20% of your customers You can save a lot of time and makemoney by focusing where it matters on the 20% This applies to most things in life, and although I ve read it before it was a good refresher.7 Reach out to important people Don t be afraid to reach out to important famous people for advice They are oftenaccessible than you think Tim had good tips for this like always uses phone s and not emails.8 Avoid excessive information too much information input can overload you, so avoid reading news on subjects that don t relate to what you do If something important happens in the world you will hear about it or its good conversation when you meet with a friend whats new in the world Although mr Ferriss has some good ideas and goals, there is one word that describes why, I am not a fan of this book Scumbaggery.While I totally agree with Tim Ferriss, when he says that most meetings are useless and should be avoided, I cannot agree with his recommendation of making up excuses and lies, in order to leave early or not show up This is just one example of behavior recommended in this book, and it quite frankly disgusts me.I am all for automating the dull aspects of my life, tak Although mr Ferriss has some good ideas and goals, there is one word that describes why, I am not a fan of this book Scumbaggery.While I totally agree with Tim Ferriss, when he says that most meetings are useless and should be avoided, I cannot agree with his recommendation of making up excuses and lies, in order to leave early or not show up This is just one example of behavior recommended in this book, and it quite frankly disgusts me.I am all for automating the dull aspects of my life, taking on personal assistants and applying to 80 20 principle where ever it fits, but I never ever want to do so at the price of my own dignity The book has good ideas but is ultimately written for people without scruples of any kind.The author brags about winning a martial arts contest by bending the rules He s being a scumbag and encouraging others to follow in his footsteps I m sorry, but that s not me The book that changed my life a few years ago My aim was to be location independent, after a number of businesses and investments that tied me to one place 5 years later, I am location independent and a full time author entrepreneur This book helped me see it was possible.


About the Author: Timothy Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is author of three 1 NYT WSJ bestsellers The 4 Hour Workweek, The 4 Hour Body, and The 4 Hour Chef He is also a start up advisor specializing in positioning, PR, and marketing Uber, Evernote, etc When not damaging his body with abusive sports, he enjoys chocolate, bear claws, and Japanese animation.


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