4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
One Line Summary
Don’t be busy. Be productive
Why it’s Awesome
You almost had everyone fooled. A 12 hour work day huh? Wow you must get a lot accomplished…or do you?
In 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss, Ferriss challenges the standard model of “more is more” when it comes to productivity and living that dream life you desire. He does this by citing a classic rule of thumb known as the Pareto Principle (or 80-20 rule), which states that 80% of the results in any system come from only 20% of the input.
Let’s apply this idea to personal productivity. What the Pareto Principle would say is that 80% of what you’re doing is probably shit and only producing 20% of your results.
For the average person I guess that’s fine. But if you want to live the life Ferriss talks about, the life of the “New Rich”, that isn’t going to cut it.
Ask yourself with pure ruthlessness, what is that 80% of filler in my schedule? And then start the hacking away process.Zone in on that 20% that actually gets results.
One major source of filler that Ferriss talks about is menial administrative tasks. You can outsource that stuff these days. Get a virtual assistant and watch how you’re suddenly being productive in your sleep.
Another major problem you have is that you haven’t figured out how to make passive income. By passive income I mean having a business where you’re able to generate substantial income by only putting in a few hours of maintenance labor.
This is a tough thing to do, especially if you already feel like you’re tight in disposable income. But it can be done and the benefits are absolutely worth it.
The final step Ferriss lays out in the path to joining the New Rich is convincing your employer to let you work remotely. This is something that can be even easier to accomplish in today’s job market than it was when Ferriss work this book. Working remote is far more common and the software out there is incredible.
Finally, Ferriss talks about the internal struggles of making the move over to the New Rich. Deep questions about life suddenly become important when your life is on easy mode and you have all this new free time. Shoutout to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Ferriss offers some basic answers and solutions, which is nice. For a book about productivity he definitely goes pretty deep. But really you have to find out these things for yourself through deep work and study of universal principles.
Why Does It Suck
Ferriss isn’t a idiot. He realizes that people want to minimize work and maximize results. And a book entitled “4 Hour Work Week” that promises the dream life by working four hours a week is extremely enticing. And I won’t even argue that it isn’t possible.
But is that really what you want?
Just sit on your ass and try to “take” as much pleasure as humanly possible?
You’re basically the human equivalent of a leech at that point. And let me also make this clear: Ferriss himself does not do this. Ferriss works smart and hard, even if it’s not the typical projects people work on. The end of the book makes that clear. But it is easy to believe that if you could work four hours a week, you’d just be happy.
I’d invite you to try it and see.
The Wrap Up
Everyone should read this book because everyone can benefit from Ferriss’s way of thinking about the world. A lot of societal rules are bullshit mental constructs that you can just laugh at and ignore. Beyond that, everyone should learn to strip away the nonsense in their life.
But the reality is that there are no shortcuts to real success. I know that sounds cheesy and goes against the entire theme of the book, but it’s one of the truest things I’ve learned. You can cheat the system if you want but come see me when it either doesn’t work or you lose everything you gained.
Real success and fulfillment comes from building something real. Something that actually brings value to people and you enjoy doing. And then you basically just keep doing that over, over and over again until you get it. Little tiny baby steps EVERYDAY. That’s how you win.
That’s what I try to do with this blog. I know that this isn’t the most marketable information but it’s real. And I know the payoffs are real too. It isn’t based off trying to get rich off internet marketing schemes.
So read this book. But think heavily about what you really want your life to be about.
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