Book – The 4 Hour Work Week
Author – Timothy Ferriss
Genre – Self-Help
Published in –2007
Living like a millionaire requires doing interesting things and not just owning enviable things.– Timothy Ferriss
The 4-Hour Work Week was waiting on my reading list for a long time, as my Employee mindset couldn’t conceive the idea the book title suggests.
I remember reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad & The Cash Flow Quadrant, which introduced me to different perspectives on money, work, and investing.
I liked what one of the praises had to say about the Book – The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving an ancient problem: how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work?
About The Book –
Whether you want to embark on the entrepreneurial journey or slow down at work without negatively impacting your Income, this Book will help you with it without drama and overwhelming feelings.
Tim discusses how New Rich thinks and works to sustain or even double their Income while creating time and freedom to do things they buried when so-called life took over.
You may find many Ideas and suggestions counterintuitive, yet I suggest reading the whole Book with an open mind and seeing where it takes your train of thought.
Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control: what you do when, where, and with whom you do it. He calls it the “freedom multiplier.”
Options the ability to choose is real power. This Book is about seeing and creating those options with the least effort and cost.
It just so happens, paradoxically, that you can make a lot more money by doing half of what you are doing now.
Tim explains the process in Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation.
Here are a few ideas from the Book –
The Idea of Retirement –
Retirement is the worst-case scenario. Insurance – Retirement as a goal or final redemption is flawed for at least three solid reasons: Don’t mistake retirement for purpose.
1) Interest and energy are cyclical – The NR aims to distribute “mini-retirements” throughout life instead of hoarding the recovery and enjoyment for the fool’s gold of retirement.
2) By working only when you are most effective, life is more productive and enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having and eating your cake.
3) Alternating periods of activity and rest are necessary to survive, let alone thrive. Capacity, interest, and mental endurance all wax and wane. Plan accordingly.
The Timing is Never Right –
- For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. I am waiting for a good time to quit your job. The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time.
- If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course.
Emphasis Strengths, Don’t Fix Weaknesses –
- Most people are good at a handful of things and utterly miserable at most.
- The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre.
Relative Income v/s Absolute Income –
- Where absolute Income only focuses on the payment, relative Income also considers the work we put in, mainly the number of hours, days, and years to earn that money.
- Tim shares a great relative income example in the Book. Two people may make the same money. However, those who spend fewer hours working for that money have higher per-hour earnings than Income.
System Reset –
- Tim suggests flipping the questions and focusing on what will excite you rather than your goals; the process of striving makes goals exciting.
- He claims that the opposite of happiness is not sadness but boredom. Remember, boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.”
- You may consider checking out his Ted Talk on Fear Setting (Why should you define your fear than your goals)
Effective v/s Efficient –
- Effectiveness is doing the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task (whether necessary or not) in the most economical manner possible.
- Two truisms to keep in mind: 1) Doing something unimportant well does not make it essential. 2) Requiring a lot of time does not make a task meaningful.
80/20 Rule Two Questions –
Tim suggests asking the two questions below as often as possible to refrain from time-wasting, energy-draining, non-productive activities & people.
- Question 1 – Which 20% of sources are causing 80% of my problems and unhappiness?
- Question 2 – Which 20% of sources result in 80% of my desired outcomes and happiness?
Two Questions for Beating Procrastination –
Two more questions to refrain from wasting time on trivial things and hurting results.
- Am I being productive or just active?
- Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important?
Creating a Sense of Urgency –
I like Tim’s hypothetical questions for people who think they can’t let go of anything from their current to-do list to free up any time.
- What would you do if you had a heart attack and had to work two hours per day?
- What would you remove if you had a gun to your head and had to stop doing 4/5 of different time-consuming activities?
- Learn to ask, “If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?”
The Low Information Diet –
Tim suggests cultivating selective ignorance, where information and its sources are abundant and offer few ideas.
- You must learn to ignore or redirect all information and interruptions that are irrelevant, unimportant, or unactionable. Most are all three.
- Develop the habit of asking yourself, “Will I use this information for something immediate and important?” – just-in-time information instead of just-in-case information.
Outsourcing Life –
- If you spend your time, worth $20–25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it’s simply a poor use of resources.
- Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined.
Filling The Void –
Tim offers fantastic advice on the biggest problem. How do you utilize newly found time freedom?
- Decreasing income-driven work isn’t the end goal. Living more and becoming more is.
- What can I do with my time to enjoy life and feel good about myself? Two components are fundamental: continual learning and service.
I have also created a video of a few quotes from the Book. Please subscribe to the YouTube channel self-help book quotes- Myread4change –
Whether you want to create a business or negotiate more remote work to generate more income and free time in your current job, this book will help you achieve both. It will be like having your cake and eating it, too. It’s a must-read book.
If you like this Book, you may also like Your Money or Your Life.
Thank you for Reading.