What it is: The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss is a guide to working more efficiently and effectively to make a lot of money without working long, grueling hours. It’s directed towards people working in office environments and encourages them to break free of the 9-5 in order to have a life that is both financially successful and passionately fulfilling.
What I liked about it: Self-improvement and life-hack type books tend to talk about changing your circumstances in an abstract way, but Ferriss breaks down the exact steps you can (and should) take to achieve the ideal four hour workweek. He provides scripts for tough conversations with superiors and concrete timelines for how to make the leap to escape the office while maintaining success. It’s more like a recipe than a description of a meal, and I really appreciate that style.
What I didn’t like about it: Some of the advice Ferriss gives is applicable to people in all sorts of positions, but a lot of it is more niche, which alienated me a bit (I’m not a businessperson, and most of what he suggests doesn’t apply to me at this point in my life). Also, I found that because his plan is so concrete, he doesn’t explain any variations of the exact scheme that worked for him. Occasionally I found myself thinking, “Not everyone is like you, Tim Ferriss!” but I’m sure he’d argue back, “But they could and should be!”
Memorable quote: “I never enjoyed answering this cocktail question [‘what do you do?’] because it reflects an epidemic I was long part of: job descriptions as self-descriptions.”
Overall rating: 3.5/5 stars.
Challenge satisfied: #24, read a self-improvement book (either traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement.”
Additional notes: I skimmed the last 1/4 or so of the book, and don’t think I missed much there–at least once I identified I’m not currently the target audience. If I were seriously considering & able to make a lifestyle change, I might’ve studied his resources and ideas a bit more.
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