Book Review - The 4-Hour Work Week

Book Review – The 4-Hour Work Week

This month, I read another great money book by Tim Ferriss titled: The 4-Hour Workweek.  This book has been a number one New York Times best seller for multiple years, so I had a pretty good inclination going in that it would be good.  Needless to say, I was still pretty impressed and plan to re-read it again just to soak up additional info that I missed on the first read through – It really is that good :-)

Book Review – The 4-Hour Work Week – What I didn’t like about this book

Let’s start out with what I didn’t like about  The 4-Hour Workweek (not that there is very much to talk about in this section). The first thing that threw me a little off was the wide discussion of traveling the world.  If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would your passion be?  Well, it is obvious that Tim’s passion is world travel, and that’s great.  It’s just that there were several sections of the book that seemed to transform into a travel tips discussion versus how to actually only work 4-hours per week.  I caught myself several times saying “OK, enough of these travel details, let’s get back to the good stuff!”

I’ve come to realize through writing several of the book review that I like things pretty nice and neatly laid out.  I’m a real analytic “show me” kind of a guy.  Well, I was hoping for a little more details or examples around creating your own “muse”.  A “muse” is the semi-automated business you’ll setup to generate the cash you need to follow your dreams.  I recognize that the whole point of the book is that you have to find out for yourself what will work and what won’t.  I guess I’m just saying that a little more hand holding in this area would have been appreciated for the folks like me that have a little more trouble getting their “plane off the ground.”

Book Review – The 4-Hour Work Week – What I Loved About This Book

I really liked the setup and intro of  The 4-Hour Workweek.  You really got a flavor of who Tim is and his views on life.  He seems like a really amazing guy, and this shows through as you read through the book.  Going through his personal history at the beginning of the book was interesting and really gave a lot of credibility to the rest of the book.  I appreciated this!

As far as the advice of automating your business as much as possible, the book takes this concept and idea to entirely new levels that I doubt many of us have ever even considered.  This is going to sound corny, but the book really did reshape my whole view and outlook on life and what it means to be successful.  I used to consider success as having lots of material things, working long hours, and gaining the respect of co-workers.  This book really helps one to put things in perspective and realize that time is truly our most valuable asset!  Learn to work smarter, not harder is Tim’s main theme throughout the entire book.

The 4-Hour Work Week flips conventional wisdom and planning on its head.  The exercises throughout the book force you to question and ask yourself what you really want out of life.  From here, you determine how much money you’ll need weekly/monthly to make these dreams a reality.  From here, you’ll develop both short term and long term goals to get jump started.  Then, you develop your muse (automated income generating business) to meet your goal.

Planning out our lives using this approach is obvious once you stop to think about it, but many of us have it backwards!  Most of us slave away at our 9-5 jobs (7am-5pm for me), make some money, spend it with little thought, and mostly wander through life without really engineering our life to help us achieve our dreams.

This is pretty close to what happened for me.  I went straight from high school to college to the work force without thinking through too much about what I really wanted my normal day to look like.  The 4-hour Work Week serves as a wake-up call and will show you how to create a different life path for yourself if you step back and don’t like what you see.

Book Review – The 4-Hour Work Week – Rating

5/5 Stars – I would recommend this book to just about anyone!

Book Review – The 4-Hour Work Week – Final Thoughts

The 4-Hour Workweek is fantastic and really a must read for anyone that wants more out of life than just the humdrum of the 9-5 routine.  Tim is a master at questioning your assumptions of what you can and cannot achieve.  The book is very inspirational and paints the broad brush strokes for showing you how to truly achieve a 4-hour work week for yourself.  One change I’d make to the book is to remove some of the travel detailed information and include a little more info/help on how to actually go about creating your own muse.  Even just a couple more examples would have been helpful to me.  That being said, if you’ve read all the way to the end of this review and haven’t yet read The 4-Hour Workweek, then stop what you’re doing and go get it :-)  I’ve already begun to recognize small changes in my life from implementing some on Tim’s principles!