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Total and utter waste of words on paper - too many words at that, and too many papers.
I've listened to Tim's podcasts for good few years, and respect his interview skills and the type of people he invites. But that does not make him a writer - if that were the criteria then all radio/tv broadcasters/new-readers/weather-reporters will be writers too. Too much content thrown into the book in a false hope something somewhere may be of use to someone.
The author attempts to promote his working lifestyle for the reader broken down in four steps. I have to start by sayings this book is written at a very low reading level and a lot of needless filler.
The author breaks it down in four steps D E A and L D is for definition and is probably the only part of the book of any substance. If you’re under 23, naive, and never stand up for self you might get something out of it. It’s mostly work mindset a lot of people have developed over a year or so in the work world.
E is elimination which is his time management section. Honestly there is some good advice , however,there are way better books on the topic. He advocates the low information diet which basically being willfully ignorant.
A is for automation. In this section he advocates for first automating/ outsourcing as much in your life as you can to save time and money.
But the main focus is setting up a business online that sells things of little value very overpriced and attempting to automate that. Having worked in online marketing, I can tell you the information here is outdated, vague, and not very thorough. If you want to set up a business online I would recommend reading a different book. He also advocates calling yourself an expert and teaching courses on topics you have no authority in. Ultimately, this is where the book falls apart as this is his central way to live the four hour work week, which if you take a look at his own life he isn’t living that way.
For L is for liberation and I took his low information diet and stopped reading.
Conclusion: this book is for naive, weak, dummies who hate their jobs and will take any terrible advice to give them hope. Ultimately this book is like his own online business which sold a product of little value he wasn’t an expert in. Which is what this book is.
If you really want to become more lazy and see your results going down instantly that's the right book for you! It leaves all to outsourcing and delegating.. As an example: one of the best quote i've read in the book is to give your business to outsourcers for support and tell them "my customers are your customers" -- Do whatever you want! Apart from some of the tools described in the book a bit excessively (to get more pages?) globally i woudn't recommend this book I'm really disappointed...
At first I decided to download this book for free from the net, but that would be an absolutely wrong decision ! Everyone should buy it , it has so many useful tactics to reduce your work and work "smartly"! If you went through the school system , you should read this book to overcome the donkey mindset they instilled in us !
Even starting the first chapter, I could feel my BS-ometer beginning to wiggle upward on the scale. About the time I got to the outsourcing - where he proudly admitted paying someone $4 an hour to do his work for him - then read the "result" from one of his readers where he (a chef) was able to hire some brown person to cook for him at $5 a meal... (leaving me to wonder if that chef would happily work for $5/hr to cook for someone else) that's when I realized that this covertly racist and utterly lazy method of making/saving money went against my every moral fiber.
When I read parts of it to my husband, he shook his head and said it sounded toxic. Of all the other books you can read that will set your soul in the right place to earn money ("The Soul of Money" by Lynne Twist, "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown) - this one screams selfish, greedy, lying, and morally-bankrupt. Half of the stuff in here I can't even fathom working - outside of getting you fired. The concept of "It's better to ask forgiveness than permission" irks me in so many ways - namely, that it takes a dire lack of respect to pull off. This book reeks of disrespect.
I'll end by saying - read those negative reviews if you want a really solid look into what this book is about. Into the recycling bin it goes.
If I could put zero stars, I would. This book was a waste of money. Not so much of my time since from the beginning you can very easily understand that it is simply the author's self praise for being such an amazing human being who can learn so fast and so easily.
I read through it a bit, just to see if it was just the first chapters, but it is the entire book. This book should be called "I am amazing and you should know why". None of what he says is realistic for most people anyways, and more than anything, it is completely unrelatable (if that's a word). I thought I would get some tips and some nice idea... Not necessarily know how to just work 4 hours a week, and got nothing.
Let's just be honest, a lot of us work for big companies. There is way more people at the bottom of the pyramid than at the top, and those people can't work 4 hours a week, that's pretty simple.
"Timothy Ferriss spends 50 hours per week advertising his 4 Hour work week book" Ferriss spend an enormous amount of time not on giving general principles for improving your life style or be more effective, but instead on showing off on how much he achieved only being an ass with people and outsourcing all his works.
In the end the whole book is an immense collection of tools, plugins, apps and websites for solving really narrow and specific problems of your daily life (though, most of the problems are not even encountered by non-productivity obsessed people).
The final summary of the book is (list extended from a previous post):
1. You're a game changer: define your own rules (apparently everyone is smarter than the average, even if exactly half of the people are less smart than the average...). 2. Stop checking emails 3. Outsource everything--even your soul. It's all about you. 4. Retire, vacation, go mobile. 5. Go in countries where the dollar is stronger.
Could be a wakeup call for some but I personally didn't learn anything new from this book but I'd recommend it if you have no idea where to start and how to escape. Don't think it will just be a revelation, more of a trigger, something to motivate and inspire you. Spoler: A LOT of hard work ahead!
Tim Ferriss oversells this book. Try not to take the claims on the cover too seriously. Once you put aside expectations, this is a very good book. It provides interesting insights and new ways to look at priorities. It is definitely helpful.
This book is a nice guide if you are a traveller. But If you are a very family oriented person then it may not be the best book to read, however, you'll still pick up a few good ideas that may come handy.