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Book Review 8 - The 4 Hour Work Week

Posted May 22 2009 11:55pm

El Teide (12,000 ft) as seen from Gran Canaria (Canary Is.). Photo Courtesy Ignacio Martel

This is a marvelous book for out-of-the-box thinking! It has little to do with my usual psychological, emotional, or spiritual posts, except for the fact that it may well help you put meaning into your life - in most unconventional ways. In the book (and I had to laugh when I read this quote - with which I very much agree, by the way), the author cites my very favorite Joseph Campbell from The Power of Myth:

People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think this is what we are really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive.

Tim Ferris wrote The 4 Hour Work Week and has created a huge following of people eager to emulate his life-style. Here's the amazon description of the book:

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 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 world. Join Tim Ferriss as he teaches you:

• 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 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 in 2 to 4 weeks
• 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 50–80% off
• How to fill the void and create a meaningful life after removing work and the office

You can have it all—really.

This is heady stuff indeed!! What would you do if your time were your own?Here's Tim Ferriss' take on the creativity process. And here's his take on nine habits to stop now. And here's his take on How to Do The Impossible: Create a Paperless Life, Never Check Voicemail Again, Never Return Another Phone Call… All of these posts are from his blog.
I recommend the book. I recommend the blog. I don't care what your age or gender is. Just read it. You may not do what he suggests, but you will start thinking out of the box.

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