I already did a previous blog post on Tim Ferriss and his podcast, but The 4-Hour Work Week deserves its own separate post.
The 4-Hour Work Week is a self-help/self-improvement book, but it is not your typical one filled with cliches and pointless information. It is one of my favorite books, and it has a lot of valuable lessons in it.
In the book, Ferriss talks a lot about his life, and how he struggled for a long time finding something to do with his life. He knew that he didn’t want to work a typical 9-5 job, and he wanted to do something to change it. However, this is a path that is not done by many; also, it is a path you need to create your own template for. In the book, he details his journey to becoming his own boss; also he gives tips for optimizing your life and working as efficiently as possible.
Ferriss ends up starting his own company, BrainQUICKEN, but he tries to spend as little time as possible on it while still making it successful. He does this by streamlining the production as much as possible, as well as having assistants he trusts to make most of the day-to-day decisions. Overall, it is super interesting to read about how he went from working 40+ hours a week to around 10 hours a week (while also massively improving his salary).
This book has been a big motivation in my life, as I do not see myself working a 9-5 job for the rest of my life. While working a 9-5 job definitely has its benefits (much more stability, less stress, working for an already established company), I find myself wanting to try something different if I am fortunate enough. Still, since this is an unconventional path, it is nice to hear success stories and tips from people who have already done it.
I think for people who are looking for inspiration, or maybe who feel stuck in their careers/life, this is a great read. While it will not solve all your problems instantly, it can give you the tools and advice necessary to help you chart a new path.
The 4-Hour Work Week Recommendation Rating: 5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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