Book Review: The 4-Hour Work Week




Tim Ferris is one of my favorite authors and someone who I look up to.  He is an innovative thinker and has a way of seeing the world from a very unique perspective.  The book, The 4-Hour Work Week basically focuses on how to condense your work time into four hours so that you are able to generate income while sleeping and live your life now.

He uses terms like the “new rich” to describe a breed of individuals who are focusing on living now and going through a series of mini retirement versus waiting and saving for the ultimate retirement later in life.  Although I am unsure if I will ever truly be able to fully implement his suggestions, his way of thinking simply challenges our life the way we live it now.  Tim Ferris seems to say if everybody is facing forward then why the heck don’t we turn around and look at things from the other direction?  There are always other possibilities to the status quo. There is always the option for change.  And sometimes challenging some of the most seemingly obvious paths we take in life are the ways we find our hidden treasures.

Tim Ferris does not just focus on living in the now.  He also draws attention to planning and preparation for the future, but the inspirational insight he provides highlights ways to better enjoy your now.

Tim Ferris writes with a fun spirit and I found the book enlightening as well as entertaining.  It was a great way for me to challenge some of the rote behaviors in my life and to take a better look at the big picture of life and what we are all truly living for.

I think this is a fabulous book to read for anyone, but especially for those who are burnt out in the typical 8 to 5 living and want to shake life up a little bit.  There are a lot of wonderful nuggets of wisdom in the book and whether you want to simply take a few to incorporate in your life or to swallow the nuggets whole, that is up to you, but I do suggest familiarizing yourself with his work.

Have you read The 4-Hour Work Week ?  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Have any books that you suggest as must-reads?  Let me know!  I’m always looking for my next great read.

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