The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek

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 more 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 curr...


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TitleThe 4-Hour Workweek
ISBN9780307353139
Author
Release DateApr 24th, 2007
PublisherHarmony
LanguageEnglish
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development, Productivity
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  • Todd N
    2008-01-21
    Timothy Ferriss spoke at a management meeting last week where I work. A few of the managers came back pretty impressed, so I cadged a copy off of a manager and skimmed/read it one sitting Friday night.The effect of this book is like being trapped in a room with a manic-depressive during the manic part of his cycle. Imagine a cross between Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys and a late-night infomercial. Then add a dash of narcissistic personality disorder to...
  • Jonathan El-Bizri
    2009-05-28
    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...
  • Emma
    2008-08-08
    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 y...
  • Craig
    2008-10-21
    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 precluded 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 th...
  • David Sasaki
    2013-03-17
    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 ...
  • Ryan
    2008-05-09
    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 id...
  • Maria Andreu
    2008-01-05
    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.""Ok...
  • Otis Chandler
    2007-10-24
    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 ...
  • Rasmus
    2008-04-14
    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 a...
  • J.F. Penn
    2013-08-22
    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.
  • Kara
    2007-08-17
    I just started this book, and I can't even finish it. Aside from the author grating on my last nerve with each page turn, I find his outlook on life to be overly fantastical. This book appeals to people who are working in dead end jobs that are hellish to say the least, and offers a way out to people who have lost hope. But I'll tell you something. If making a ton of money, working a 4-hour work week, and living like a millionaire were easy, ever...
  • Kyle
    2009-05-01
    I am always interested in life-hacks that can make work more productive and leave more time for leisure so this book grabbed my attention. Little did I know that reading it would feel like listening to a confessional from someone who will leave no corner uncut. If you have no qualms about out-sourcing work and under-paying people to do it, then this book may be for you. If not--and you have no anthropological interest in the delusional contours o...
  • Livia Blackburne
    2010-05-21
    It does a good job of challenging people to rethink the status quo and evaluate what they're doing with their time. It's often hard to think outside the box and imagine your life as you'd really like to live it, and Ferris does a good job of shaking things up.That said, many of the tactics Ferris suggests are morally questionable. You'll get more out of the book if you have no qualms about calling in "sick" at work, hiring overseas assistants at ...
  • Linda Robinson
    2010-01-17
    Ugh. There are a few nuggets here, but digging for them is arduous. Because of the mild distaste I experienced reading the book, I took the time (wasted no doubt, in this lexicon) to count quotes. There are plenty. 92 from men, 7 from women, 2 from fictional characters (1 each Yoda and Calvin: note, males) 2 inanimate objects (1 each Fortune Cookie and AT&T), 1 Chinese Proverb, and 1 from an Italian rap group.Guybonics. And tomfoolery. If you mus...
  • K.M. Weiland
    2014-12-12
    Call me a cliché. A surprised cliché—because I really didn’t expect to join the cadre of readers whose lives were challenged and even changed by this book. I’m an efficiency nut, so I figured there might be a few good tips in here for streamlining my workflow (and there were). But what I wasn’t expecting was a call to reevaluate my life, my work, and my direction. I read it at just the right time, when I was shifting focus on projects a...
  • Chip and Katie Moore
    2008-05-10
    Overall, I appreciate the idea he brings up in the fact that people waste their days with nonsense (this may come from the fact that I worked in the government for years). As a computer guy, I also appreciate the fact that many people don't fully harness the power of auto-replies, faqs, macros, scripts, batching, etc. to eliminate a good 80% of their work in an office environment. That being the case, the idea of doing all of this doesn't work ev...
  • Naveed
    2010-03-11
    This book is garbage. I donated it to my local library shortly after completing it. First off - the number of plugs Ferriss puts in his book is unbelievable. He's clearly getting a small cut from each of these people who want to "advertise" in his book. Secondly - he talks mostly about himself throughout this book. As opposed to Guy Kawasaki who might actually give instructions, and most likely will inspire, Tim Ferriss is so insecure about himse...
  • Amber
    2008-04-13
    Reading the first third of this book was one of the most self-indulgent activities I’ve ever done. (And yes, I read fiction.) It was so nice to hear that someone else in the world doesn't understand why we spend so much time on meaningless meetings and other time-fillers when there are so many meaningful things we long to do.This book is worth reading though there are a few things you'll have to endure to finish it:-potty-mouth words-author-coi...
  • Nate Q
    2012-03-09
    The 4 Hour Work Week OR How My Life is Awesome, and Good Luck Replicating It - Even With My Quick and Easy Five Thousand TipsOne thing that really gets into the marrow of my funny bone is how often Tim makes reference to the Pareto Principle (or the 80/20 rule, which states 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts, and applies to efficacy in many areas of life), and how this book is precisely that: 80% of it doesn’t apply to me (or mos...
  • Aaron Minks
    2008-05-27
    One of the few books I have read more than once. Timothy Feriss does an excellent job of explaining the lifestyle and methods of the new rich. Not only that, but he provides web addresses, phone numbers, and more for manufacturers, drop shippers, and mentors. This is a life changing book for any person involved or interested in business.
  • Chad Warner
    2009-02-10
    Timothy Ferriss explains how he freed himself from the rat race and slashed his working hours by delegating, outsourcing, and automating his businesses. He spends his new free time living on his terms, which for him means traveling the world. He wants you to do the same, and provides the motivation and action steps to do so. The basic message of this book: take shortcuts.In most cases, those shortcuts involve working smarter. In a few instances, ...
  • Kim
    2011-07-26
    Ok, if I ever met this guy (and I could have because he participated in a celebrity date auction in SF some friends and I were jokingly considering attending), I KNOW I would not like him based on his voice in this book. However, he has about 3 points I took away, and I can appreciate him for that: 1. Don't waste time trying to accomplish things that don't help your bottom line 2. More time given to do things makes more time to procrastinate 3. "...
  • Jami Leigh
    2012-12-26
    I figure, having been unemployed most of this year, I'd see if there were any suggestions in this book that I could actually apply into the kind of career I actually want to do. Well, that and it was free on a holiday promotion. There are words to describe my opinion of this book, however most of them would break the terms and conditions of this site. Suffice it to say, it's one big sales pitch for being an egomaniac, passive agressive jerk. It b...
  • Amir Tesla
    2018-09-02
    Wow, this book literally equipped me with a new pair of eyes. The 4 hour work week basically means automating and delegating task as much as possible. This would give you enough freedom to start a new business.Another amazing insight of the book helps you escape the 5-9 routine. How? Well, it teaches you clever tricks (which is to be played on your boss). To summarize 10-20 pages, you call in sick for 2 days. You show up on day third and show how...
  • brian Lehnen
    2007-06-24
    It is nice to know that somebody is out there attempting to shed some light on the American rat-race lifestyle... Although this book has its obvious flaws, namely:1. Author is an ivy league entrepreneur (of course he's not worried about money).2. Many of his "time-saving" work tips have no relevance in many fields of work. In fact, I cant really see how they would work unless you already have some independence in your job.3. The Get-Rich-Quick in...
  • Douglas
    2007-11-08
    Many of my friends have read this book and my friend Alex kept talking it up, so I picked it up.Very few books have really changed the way I envision how I am going to live my life. So far, I have only two: Rich Dad Poor Dad and this one. Though Rich Dad introduced me to the concept of owning assets that pay you to free your time, 4-hour workweek dispels a lot of myths about the need to make millions to live the life that we all dream about. In a...
  • Tommy
    2008-02-03
    One of the best books out there for breaking you out of the routine way of THINKING about your job, even if some of the model suggestions are a bit preposterous for a non-entrepreneur. Very inspiring!
  • R. B. Kiernan
    2014-11-11
    The book should be entitled, "Everything that's Wrong with this Country." All you need to do is cultivate ignorance, outsource everything, and never think for yourself. If you have absolutely no ethics whatsoever and want to con the masses, then you too can Get Rich Quick. Here's how:1. Pretend you're an expert on... anything. He specifically explains that it doesn't even matter what you might or might not actually know. You do this by repackagin...
  • Jason Pettus
    2010-07-28
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)If I was in the mood to be deliberately cruel, I suppose I could sum up the four main steps of the insanely popular "lifestyle management" guide The 4-Hour Work Week thusly: "Step 1: Stop reading the news! That whole pesky 'being an informed citizen' thing...
  • Rosie Nguyễn
    2014-12-08
    This book is not for those who are loving their full time job, or experts, as the tricks in the book maybe viewed as cheating from the people who have tried so hard and spent so much time to thrive and become specialists in their areas. Yet I have no problem with that. Yeah, Tim Ferriss is an aggressive and competitive guy. Some of his actions mentioned in the book may make people feel not comfortable, and prone to oppose to his arguments. But th...