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Lots to think about, lots more to do

  • Oct 3, 2007
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This review may be a lot shorter than many of those I've posted for other books, because frankly I'm still not quite sure what I think of "The 4-Hour Workweek." Certainly, it has given me a tremendous amount to think about -- not quite to the level of career-crisis-inducing life angst, but definitely enough to make me wonder about what I ought be doing, or am capable of doing, differently.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to someone achieving the enviable lifestyle Tim Ferriss leads is the one to which he devotes the least amount of time explaining: coming up with the product that will generate the income that allows you to "live anywhere and join the new rich." Indeed, this seems to be the initial hurdle that would prevent most of us from ever making the fundamental switch to a four-hour workweek. Even if we adopt many of the other interesting and useful ideas Ferriss endorses (outsourcing your personal life, negotiating terms that allow you to work anywhere in the world, and generally taking full advantage of technology) and reap the benefits thereof, glossing over the "First, catch your rabbit" step seems to downplay what is actually the most critical part of all.

That said, the other ideas Ferriss proposes -- and, more importantly, the impact on your life he argues those ideas will have -- are certainly thought-provoking and more than a little inspirational. I defy the thoughtful reader to give this book serious attention and NOT end up giving your own professional and lifestyle decisions some second thoughts. We may not all end up living Tim Ferriss' lifestyle of tangos in exotic locales, but I bet there are a lot of opportunities we've been missing that we could seize if we put some effort into it. At least, that's what I've taken away from this little book.

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"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, Co-creator ofChicken Soup for the Soul®, 100+ million copies sold

"This is a whole new ball game.  Highly recommended."
—Dr. Stewart D. Friedman, Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School

"Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life,
it's all here. Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this
book will change your life!"
—Phil Town, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author ofRule #1

"The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work?  A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!"  
—Michael E. Gerber, Founder & Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide and the World's #1 Small Business Guru

“Timothy has packed more lives into his 29 years than Steve Jobs has in his 51.”
—Tom Foremski, Journalist and Publisher of SiliconValleyWatcher.com

“Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful
—A.J. Jacobs, Editor-at-Large, Esquire Magazine, Author ofThe Know-It-All

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ISBN-10: 0307465357
ISBN-13: 978-0307465351
Author: Timothy Ferriss
Genre: Business & Investing, Health, Mind & Body, Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Crown Archetype
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