The 4 Hour Work Week – Book Review

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A very intriguing book filled with a mix of pretty solid good ideas and then some really drastic and out there ideas. I’m not saying the drastic and out-there ideas were bad, they were just extreme or hard to swallow.

One idea from the book that I was particularly fond of was taking mini-retirements all throughout life rather than saving it up until the end when you are too old to enjoy them.

I liked the idea of a “muse” project, one that needs very little oversight but can be a source of income with a little effort up front but then having your involvement taper off while you automate the project/business and still collect the income. I’m not sure that I can come up with one, but I liked the idea of having one.

I also liked his idea of outsourcing certain tasks to personal and virtual assistants. Having them find you jobs, write resumes and cover letters, schedule interviews, perform research and create presentations. It seemed ingenious really.

Some of his work slip streaming tactics seemed a bit reclusive and not really possible if you are in a service based position but that doesn’t mean that the techniques couldn’t be adapted to most work situations. I may not be able to check email once a week like him, but I couldn’t certainly trim it down to twice or three times a day and put off the constant interruption of “new mail” notifications.

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