Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

This book is an awesome paradigm shift from most books you will read on business, entrepreneurship or efficiency.  He describes and elaborates on what he calls “The New Rich”, defined as “those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility.”

Marrying itself to the proverbial American Dream, Ferriss writes a manifesto on how to work smart and not necessarily hard.  He points out how most people work hard, save and THEN enjoy life at the end.  He flips it around to teach how to take the “mini-retirements” by working smart and focused on productive and wise ventures so you can be healthy and enabled to enjoy things you would want to do and experience while you are best able to do so.  He explains how he has separated income from time and created an ideal lifestyle.

Note that this is not a real estate book; this is a book on creating freedoms for yourself at a very real level.  As he points out, “being financially rich and having the ability to live like a millionaire are fundamentally two very different things.  Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and withwho you do it with.”  He calls this the “freedom multiplier”.

As you read this book consider:

1)     Retirement is worst-case scenario insurance

2)     Less is not laziness

3)     The timing is never right

4)     Money alone is not the solution

So what is the right solution?  Read this book to find out!

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