- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1039 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Digital; 01 edition (31 August 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091929113
- ISBN-13: 978-0091929114
- ASIN: B006X0M2TS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 5,903 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich Kindle Edition
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Imagine if all doctors/police/ military decides to work only for 4 hours a week, LOL.
Still reading it , might change my review later.
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I've listened to Tim's podcasts for good few years, and respect his interview skills and the type of people he invites.
But that does not make him a writer - if that were the criteria then all radio/tv broadcasters/new-readers/weather-reporters will be writers too. Too much content thrown into the book in a false hope something somewhere may be of use to someone.
The author breaks it down in four steps D E A and L
D is for definition and is probably the only part of the book of any substance. If you’re under 23, naive, and never stand up for self you might get something out of it. It’s mostly work mindset a lot of people have developed over a year or so in the work world.
E is elimination which is his time management section. Honestly there is some good advice , however,there are way better books on the topic. He advocates the low information diet which basically being willfully ignorant.
A is for automation. In this section he advocates for first automating/ outsourcing as much in your life as you can to save time and money.
But the main focus is setting up a business online that sells things of little value very overpriced and attempting to automate that. Having worked in online marketing, I can tell you the information here is outdated, vague, and not very thorough. If you want to set up a business online I would recommend reading a different book. He also advocates calling yourself an expert and teaching courses on topics you have no authority in. Ultimately, this is where the book falls apart as this is his central way to live the four hour work week, which if you take a look at his own life he isn’t living that way.
For L is for liberation and I took his low information diet and stopped reading.
Conclusion: this book is for naive, weak, dummies who hate their jobs and will take any terrible advice to give them hope. Ultimately this book is like his own online business which sold a product of little value he wasn’t an expert in. Which is what this book is.
Even starting the first chapter, I could feel my BS-ometer beginning to wiggle upward on the scale. About the time I got to the outsourcing - where he proudly admitted paying someone $4 an hour to do his work for him - then read the "result" from one of his readers where he (a chef) was able to hire some brown person to cook for him at $5 a meal... (leaving me to wonder if that chef would happily work for $5/hr to cook for someone else) that's when I realized that this covertly racist and utterly lazy method of making/saving money went against my every moral fiber.
When I read parts of it to my husband, he shook his head and said it sounded toxic. Of all the other books you can read that will set your soul in the right place to earn money ("The Soul of Money" by Lynne Twist, "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown) - this one screams selfish, greedy, lying, and morally-bankrupt. Half of the stuff in here I can't even fathom working - outside of getting you fired. The concept of "It's better to ask forgiveness than permission" irks me in so many ways - namely, that it takes a dire lack of respect to pull off. This book reeks of disrespect.
I'll end by saying - read those negative reviews if you want a really solid look into what this book is about. Into the recycling bin it goes.
For me, there was much that I have lived my life by all my life, not only that but it was written at a time when it appears that - to the author - if you were not an entrepreneur - you worked in an office earning around about $50K per year.
I found this very irritating, the guidance given for office workers was fine, but in an area for very low employment - most of which is care work and/or shops - the work advice very difficult to apply - if not impossible.
Fantastic advice for its time - needs to be reviewed to bring it into the 'now' world which I think is a bit different from when it was written
If you own a company, are in higher management or you work in a small team AKA your job is important, then this book is for you. If you are in middle management or a regular office employee, following this advice can get you fired.
All in all, you need to be the one with negotiating leverage in order for this to work, which is not the case for most people.
This book has helped me optimise my work life a tiny bit, but I work in a company of 5 people and am basically irreplaceable. Can't imagine this working for regular employees.
One of those rare books that’s like a grenade. I’d recommended my sister read it for years and then out of the blue she speaks about travelling to an island country and working freelance from the beach. Another conversation has a gentleman sharing about taking his two daughters on a world cruise - I asked him if he read this book, and he said it was actually his inspiration.
We don’t always have to take the path well trodden. There are other ways :).
Sure, it’s a few years down, and maybe the laptop lifestyle isn’t everybody’s kettle of fish - but as a manifesto for living and shaking you out of your rut - there are few better books than the 4HWW.
I was on course to boring 9-5 living and left my job, went travelling for 4 out of 7 years and once that itch was scratched, I’m supremely comfortable in my 9-5 job. While I might have ditched the time, freedom and mobility lifestyle, the lifelong high intensity learning, dancing to a different drum and lifestyle design lessons will (hopefully 🤞🏼) never leave me.
If you have a friend who’s wondering what to do, know someone who’s transitioning careers or just feel you’re stuck in a rut, you could do a lot worse than the 4HWW.
Look at YouTube for 4HWW success stories for inspiration.