The 4-hour Workweek

The 4-hour Workweek

Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Book - 2009 | 1st rev. ed., expanded and updated.
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Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan--there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, here is the blueprint. This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: how Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week; how to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want; how blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs; how to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist; how to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent "mini-retirements."--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2009.
Edition: 1st rev. ed., expanded and updated.
ISBN: 9780307465351
0307465357
Branch Call Number: 650.1 FERRISS
Characteristics: xv, 396 p. : charts ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Four-hour workweek

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A modern business standard, Tim Ferriss has become famous for his 4-hour series of books from the practical experiences he had running and operating his own companies.

Less work for the same benefits is not a new idea. But doing it in a fast-paced society of overworked individuals can be. Learn how Tim maximized efficiency in his work and use whatever takeaways you conclude to take your life where you want it to go.

Do you work to live or live to work? Find tips on how to enjoy your life more while working less.


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Learner99
Dec 26, 2019

This is one of my favorite books and it is rightfully so. It has taught me a lot about producticity, business, and how to work smarter not harder. It has pretty good concepts and really makes you think differently. Absolutely, a book you need to read!

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Kelliroberts
Sep 10, 2019

Great book with tons of tips about being more efficient in business and life.

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ychawengsub
Jan 27, 2019

This book is packed with all valuable principle and action plan. If you are suffering in the rat race, you have to read this book. The concepts of 80/20 rule, having a "Muse" that can support your "mini-retirement" and how to "outsource your life" are just examples of how you can start living life again.
People don't want to be millionaires-they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy. The question is then, How can one achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without first having $1,000,000?
If you want to know the answer, READ THIS BOOK.

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fay_ai
Mar 23, 2017

Great book. I can understand how it can be a very controversial book. You don't have to take all his word, but only take away what you need from it. Even though I am not an entrepreneur, and I'm far from that type, I got quite a lot tips for marketing and increasing productivity. It's a funny book too.

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HollaLar98
Sep 25, 2016

There is a broad spectrum of things to learn from this book. Of first importance is TRUE time efficiency. It is a PRIMER for it, and the first 1/4th of the book has made a day/night difference in mine. And I'm ALWAYS THE or one of THE hardest workers in any environment I'm in.

Further, it is not simply exploitative income as some reactionaries have said here, but just being smart about potentially starting an income stream using little or no funds by doing proper research and analysis of opportunities first.

The efficiency tips alone make this book worth its weight in gold for any 9-5er or 9-5 organization, due to their effects on your peace of mind, which are directly correlated to whether you're getting your MOST important stuff done all the time as quickly and regularly as possible.

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AngelaWard1
May 31, 2016

Really...getting/having a fabulously rich life by way of exploitation. Well, you are white and have a right to have as much leisure time as you desire...don't worry about the "others" who are probably working 24/7 as they don't need any leisure time.
They are just sooo satisfied to keep you in the comfort you are accustomed too!
Talk about the ugly rich!

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lizzoneal82
Jan 11, 2016

I think I'll outsource and automate my entire life after reading this. J/K :P

But in all honesty, this book is full of points that make you really think about what IS possible in this world of the internet. Exciting!

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findhhall
Dec 19, 2015

There is definitely information that is valuable throughout the book. I don't think books should be read as absolutes, but as information guides to pick and choose what applies to YOUR reality. Tim Ferris is clearly doing something right to enjoy the life he lives. It's a must read in my book - no pun intended :)

suzannable Aug 10, 2015

Yeah, let's exploit the rest of the world, by outsourcing to "overseas virtual assistants" at $5 an hour. Hey join the rich by exploiting the poor, sounds about right.

KenMarriott Aug 10, 2015

This book makes you think about how we are limited by being an employee. Our human nature is to explore and grow. As an employee most of us work looking busy instead of focusing on results because of how the employee reward system works. Tim gives us ideas on how to break out of this trap.

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