The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

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  • Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.
  • ?How Tim went from ,000 per year and 80 hours per week to ,000 per month
  • ?How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for 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

More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:
•How Tim went from ,000 per year and 80 hours per week to ,000 per month and 4 hours per week
•How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for 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 frequent “mini-retirements”

The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:
•More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point
•Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than a meal
•How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times
•The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either

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  1. Student says:
    2,730 of 2,900 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    For Sale: One Bridge in Brooklyn –EZ Payments, June 12, 2007
    By 
    Student (Northridge) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      

    Well,

    Where to begin? I actually had fun reading this book, to be honest. It is, if nothing else, a bit inspirational and motivational. To the author’s credit he has (and I have emphasized this before) come up with a catchy title and gimick to sell you a book–good for him. What’s inside, though, are things that you can find better handled by other authors in other books.

    In the first part of the book one can’t help notice what a great guy the author is. We notice this becasuse he tells us. We are to believe that he has gone through the Hero’s Journey and back again before his late 20′s. Now, dear reader, he has distilled the fruits of his vast experience and wisdom into this little gem. Read it, and you will never have to work again. Just be sure to purchase with the 8 minute ab workout.

    We get a lesson on the Pareto Principle. If you have never heard of the Pareto Priciple before (otherwise known as the 80/20 rule) you should go back to junior high. BTW, Brian Tracy has discussed this principle and its implications ad nauseum. The author would have us believe that he personally redicovered in some forgotton tome (probably while motorcycle kung-fu rock climbing in Bora Bora–between kendo lessons) and was just about the first to ever apply it to his life.

    Later in the book we get some basic info (all easily found in more detail in other books) about starting a web business, outsourcing your workload, etc.

    I can appreciate some of this as I had a web business for several years. This section of the book is an interesting read, but little more. If anything, maybe it will inspire someone else to get started on their own enterprise. And that’s perfectly fine. If the author accomplishes this, then good. After all, I don’t necessarily think that he’s a bad guy, just a shameless self promoter and a bit of a charlatan.

    Authors such as Ferriss are common: someone falls a** backwards into a relatively easy existence and then decides that they are experts and proceeds to seel their “secret” to success to everyone else–which helps them get REALLY successful. But here’s the deal: One hit wonders are not experts. When you’ve started 4 or 5 businesses and grown each of them to the point where they are self sufficient, THEN you can call yourself an expert. Striking it lucky one time in stocks, real estate during a bubble, or starting one business do not constitute experience.

    In the end, I think that the author does his readers a bit of a disservice by telling them that work is not necessary to be financially successful. I have known both success and failure. I have seen others go, literally, from rags to riches (and sometimes back again). Over the years I guess I have given this subject some thought. My conclusion is that you will not get there (wherever “there” may be for you) by working four hours per week. Vision, hard work, and persistence are the 3 main “secret” ingredients for success. Just as exercise and eating right are necessary to be in shape. But telling people this doesn’t sell books.

    P.S. Can’t help noticing how many 5 star reviews there are for this book from people who have only written one review. Hmmm…

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  2. Hwan K. Lee "Danny Lee" says:
    2,380 of 2,528 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    There’s a Sucker Born Everyday ( MUST READ BEFORE PURCHASING!), January 11, 2011
    By 
    Hwan K. Lee “Danny Lee” (Clovis, CA, USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    This review is from: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) (Hardcover)

    The title and cover draws people in. 4 Hour Work Week, it’s too good to be true. Then we read the first couple of pages, maybe the first couple of chapters. The first chapters are the typical motivational, “you can do it” montage. I’m not going to lie, I felt motivated to give this book a try after reading the first part of the book without even knowing what this book is all about. But as I began to get out of the fluff, and actually found myself reading the core subject of the book, I was utterly disappointed.

    D is for Definition

    In this section Ferriss tells us to do an important task: define what you want. And I agree that most of us live through life not knowing what we want; just following the crowd like a herd of sheep. This section was the motivational, make you feel good section. This wasn’t the how, it was the why, and it downright made me pumped.

    E is for Elimination
    Okay, so he basically says to eliminate all the junk in your life. For example: watch less TV, don’t check your e-mail 50 times a day, don’t look at your phone 100 times a day, don’t surf the web 3 hours a day, etc. It’s all good advice, nothing too fancy, or new, just plain old, “don’t waste your time” advice. So far so good.

    A is for automation
    This is where I ran in to problems with Tim’s method of creating a “4 hour workweek”. First he tells us to outsource a big chunk of our lives using a VA (virtual assistant) from India or Shanghai or wherever. Basically a virtual assistant is a person who assist you in everyday task (checking emails, making reservations, doing research for your job that you got hired to do,set up appointments, etc) so basically an online-personal assistant you hire for dirt cheap. So if you are okay with some guy in India knowing your personal information (SSN, bank account number, phobias, any illnesses you might have, problems in life, and many more as Ferriss states) go ahead and outsource the things you can already do yourself to a guy in India you never met. But Ferris says that misuses of sensitive information are rare; well there could be bias behind that statement, but I’m not willing to find out if it’s true or not. The irony of oustourcing your life is that you become dependent on your VA. You no longer have the urge to take control of your own life when it comes to paying bills, making reservations, or doing research for your job because your VA does it for you. So that’s the paradox: out source your life, but become more dependent on a foreigner. And Ferriss quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson throughout his book as a motivational spice. But it’s apparent that he never read “Self Reliance”, the cornerstone of Emerson’s philosophy. (Tim if you’re going to use Emerson’s words, how about not making a book that totally contradicts the philosophy of Emerson? Thanks).

    A is for automation Pt. 2
    Ferriss then goes on to tell us how we can make up to 40,000 dollars a month of automated income (little work). Basically you create a product and sell it. Plain and simple. He tells you to find a market, find the demographics of your product, make a product and sell it. Yup, your average entrepreneurship. It’s nothing new, and Ferris is not an expert entrepreneur. He did have a company BrainQuicken which sells “Neural Accelerator” supplements. The site is 99% advertising and 1% scientific: It sells because it’s precisely that. And the product that Ferriss started is not something revolutionary, I’ll take my 200mg of caffeine before a workout any day than pay 50.00 dollars plus shipping for BrainQuicken. So if you want to make your own product, market it, sell it and make millions of dollars go ahead. Tim tells you exactly how, but what Tim doesn’t tell you is that it takes a lot of work in the beginning, a lot more than 4 hours a week.

    L is for Liberation
    More like L is for not showing up to work, and being cynical. Now I’m against the 9-5 hours of work. I think that human beings are more efficient enough to get things done in a short period of time, and I believe that society is slowly catching on. But here’s Tim’s idea of “liberation”. Escaping the office: not doing your job or worse, not showing up. Killing your job: quit your job. Mini retirement: take a month vacation every 2 months of work (or pattern that works best for you). Filling the Void: filling in the emptiness and the boredom you feel with fun stuff like becoming a horse archer, learning tango, and winning a fight championship by cheating.
    So okay, let’s say everything goes well: you are making 40,000 dollars a month, you are working no more than 4 hours a week… now what. Even Ferriss says that you will feel a void… well that sucks doesn’t it? Why don’t you go and talk to your VA about your problems?

    Now obviously I’m against Tim’s advertising methods, it’s misleading. The book only sells because of the hope it gives 9-5 workers that it’s possible. Oh,…

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  3. Nuwire Inc. "NuWire Investor" says:
    433 of 467 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Get “old rich” writing a book about the “New Rich”!, June 27, 2007
    By 
    Nuwire Inc. “NuWire Investor” (Seattle, WA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    Ultimately I enjoyed the first half of Timothy Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Work Week. It challenged me to evaluate my perspective on the cost and availability of my own dreams. However I couldn’t help getting the self-promotion stomach pangs while I read it. Hopefully you’ll be able to look past that and enjoy the book for what it is: a challenge to the way we as Americans think of retirement and money.

    The first 70 to 90 pages of the book are extremely engaging and well worth the price of the book. After that the book turns into a “lifestyle-for-dummies” book on setting up a shell company to sell someone else’s products. Although I find it noble that Ferriss is attempting to give people pragmatic steps for implementing his “New Rich” lifestyle, I also find his suggestions impractical for two reasons:

    * His business ideas rely on tiny, niche audiences. This works well unless his book becomes a best seller and many people decide they want to do the same thing (can you say, We Buy Ugly Houses?). Anyone who figures out how to make 5 or 10 times their money on a product that they exert little effort to produce will quickly find competition popping out of the woodwork.

    * His business ideas are not sustainable. They rely on marketing strategies and promotions that have to work forever without any change to profitability or response rates, in order to maintain the “4-hour work week” lifestyle. In my experience the market is fickle and changes frequently, especially as it relates to the internet and online marketing.

    I can’t help but think that the entire “New Rich” concept is a branding ploy to roll out a series of self-help seminars. Let’s hope not. If it does, it will distort the message of the book, for it would require that Ferriss trade in his “New Rich” lifestyle to be back in the rat race on a quest for the millions that he claims are not necessary to achieve one’s dreams.

    Perhaps that’s the real lesson to be learned from the book: no matter where you are, the grass always seems greener on the other side.

    Jeremy Ames, Executive Editor

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