Do you want a step-by-step guide to completely changing your lifestyle and living free of the clock? Do you want to work to live instead of live to work? Do you want to make these changes now instead of waiting for the right moment? Than this book is definitely for you!
By far and away The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is one of the most influential and powerful book you might ever pick up. Tim has created an amazing guide to starting your journey now, instead of waiting for retirement to live the life you dreamed. Recently the book was expanded to include case studies and examples from readers who have at least doubled their income after applying these principles.
The best thing I love about this book besides the message are all the practical guides which are included. For example, email was the bane of my existence for a long time. I lived in my inbox and felt the need to check it over 40 times a day! After reading this book and following Tim’s advice I’ve learned how to automate many areas of my business and eliminate the time I wasted on things that truly didnt matter. I’ve learned to automate much of my business and I attribute a great deal of it to this very book. Many people do not realize how much of their business could be done by someone else or eliminated all together.
Bottom line, if you want to change your life you need to figure out what lifestyle design suits you best and apply the proper principles to make that happen. This book has helped shape my lifestyle design and while I’m not there just yet its certainly much further along and moving in that direction. Some people “complain” that the book talks about the steps leading up to making your plans a success as well as how to outsource or delegate the majority of your business to others once you reach the point to do so. However, it does not focus on “making it” and what that entails and how to do that. Well the simple response would be it’s different for everyone. Your definition of success might be completely different than mine. In the past few years I’ve gone from making five figures to well above six figures. So my definition of success can be very different than someone just starting out. Every business, every person, and every goal around each person and business is unique, so that part you will have to figure out on your own.
Here are a few snippets from the book:
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Being financially rich and having the ability to live like a millionaire are fundamentally two very different things… Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.
Different is better when it is more effective or more fun. If everyone is defining a problem or solving it one way and the results are subpar, this is the time to ask, What if I did the opposite? Don’t follow a model that doesn’t work. If the recipe sucks, it doesn’t matter how good a cook you are.
The most important actions are never comfortable…
Just a few words on Time Management: Forget all about it.
Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task in the most economical manner possible.