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How The 4-Hour Workweek Will Change Your Life Forever

Updated on February 3, 2017

At first glance, The 4-Hour Workweek seems too good to be true - work 4 hours a week, get paid like you're working 80, and spend the rest of that time relaxing.

Impossible! isn't. In fact, it's totally possible.

The 4-Hour Workweek is an extremely inspirational book that opens the doors to achieve your dreams and in many cases "do it all." It offers specific strategies, scenarios, and real-life examples so that you can see this plan in action. It is a business book intertwined with a self-help book, and provides a perfect bridge for people who want to merge their work and life in a way that gives them the best of both worlds.

The Premise

The 4-Hour Workweek is, in many ways, just what you'd think. The author, Tim Ferriss, finds a way to cut down his work week to 4 hours. It didn't start that way though. He successfully created a company for himself where he spent as much time as he possibly could until he reached a breaking point where he just couldn't do it anymore. From there, he builds a list of strategies that he successfully implements to cut down on the time he spends at work. Lucky for us, he lays out those strategies so that they can be applied to your own situation.

With his free time, Tim is able to travel the world and dive into hobbies he never used to have time for. He spends months at a time living in various parts of the world and builds expertise in anything and everything that excites him.

Through the success of his book, he has added substantial sections that provide examples for how other people have achieved the same or similar goals. In many cases, the "4 hours" does not need to be taken literally - these strategies can be used to cut your 60-hour work week down to 40 hours if that is how you want to approach it.

How This Book Will Change Your Outlook

Not all income has to come from a traditional 9-5 job. This is becoming more and more commonplace, especially out of necessity for those that have lost jobs. The internet has also opened tons of doors for alternative sources of compensation. Yet, for some reason we are still raised to believe that the only way to earn an income is from having a traditional 9-5 job. Even if you're salaried, you are typically required (or expected) to put in a certain amount of hours.This book provides endless examples of how that doesn't have to be the case - how you can earn an income through a nontraditional channel that does not involve a cubicle or a 9-5 work week.

Increases in income do not always come from working harder, sometimes you have to work smarter. First you will find out how to make your job "nontraditional." How to turn it into something that does not require you in a cubicle, and does not require you present from 9-5. Then comes the amazing part - figuring out how to work smarter instead of harder. You will actually find that you can work less hours, with less effort, and earn more money.

You can spend the majority of your time loving what you do. For the most part, we are raised to believe that we can do anything we want. That we can, and should, love what we do. Then we enter the real world and for some reason we end up in jobs that don't fulfill us. But the reality is (and Tim Ferriss will teach you how to do this) that you can easily earn money doing what you love OR you can easily earn money that will afford you the opportunity to spend most of your time doing what you love.

You can create your own unique lifestyle. Once you realize all the potential out there, it's time for the fun part - you make it happen. You create your OWN lifestyle that makes you as happy as can be. You travel, you spend time with your family, you volunteer your time, you innovate. You create a life that you only dreamed could happen.

What This Book Did For Me

This book truly changed how I view my career, my lifestyle choices, and the way I’m living my life. It gave me hope, motivation, and most importantly specific strategies for how to achieve the lifestyle I want. I will tell you - when I’m down and out I will sometimes read a few pages of this book just to revive my mood.

When I had my son, my husband and I made the decision that I would stay home with him instead of going to back to work. Instead of discussions about how we would pile these new responsibilities onto our pre-existing responsibilities, we were able to discuss how we could readjust or cut back on what we’re doing so that these new responsibilities didn’t require additional hours to the day. We’re still finding ways to add to our life without cutting back on anything we don’t want to cut back on - and by cutting out the things that really don’t fulfill us. And most importantly, we are finding ways to carve out additional time to spend with our new baby without adding any stress or strain to our lives.

Going forward, I can tell you that I don’t view my career as something that will remain a 9-5 endeavor. There are endless possibilities and I’m enjoying the exploration of what opportunities I have to create my own lifestyle - and this is in large part all thanks to The 4-Hour Workweek.

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    • Heartily profile image

      Lucy Bieri 

      4 years ago from Switzerland

      Love already your lens intro, It says it all.. I am now considering getting this book. I am a great believer of the 80/20 principle, achieving more with less. It could be what I need now.. Thanks for sharing

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I truly do love having a more relaxed lifestyle than others do. I cannot imagine working in the rat race again. Too much stress!

    • Lionrhod profile image


      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great review. I'm putting this on my wishlist!

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      Lynda Makara 

      4 years ago from California

      I'm intrigued. I need to read this.

    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      4 years ago from New Jersey

      This really is a great book. I'd recommend giving it to everyone as they graduate high school!

    • ProjectResolute2 profile image


      4 years ago

      I sent a sample to my kindle to try it out...

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      loved this book!

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      Laura Hofman 

      5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Thanks for the information! I need to read this book...sounds very inspirational.

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      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Just got the book. Looking forward to it more after reading this.

    • KathyZ1 profile image


      5 years ago

      Conga on your Lotd

    • stanger66 profile image


      5 years ago

      I'm getting there

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      5 years ago

      love it

    • laniegrrrl profile image


      5 years ago

      Love it! I want to check this book out now! Is it available in e-book format?

    • ReviewsRS profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens, BoL with the new family. I got the audio book version of this over a year ago, so I'm inspired to go back and listen all the way through.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Great tips and ideas, thanks for sharing

    • Linda Pogue profile image

      Linda Pogue 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      I read this book a while back and am working to implement some of the strategies I learned. Great book!

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      5 years ago

      I would love to do a 4 hour week, however this is not possible in this economy

    • yomikelaw profile image


      5 years ago

      Thank you for making me aware of this book!!

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      5 years ago

      I'm not at the 4 hour a week point but I did leave my unsatisfying full-time job to do what I've always loved. I'm working on making it a success and will get there. It's books like these that are so inspiring. Thanks for a great lens.

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      5 years ago

      I can wait to read this book. Thank You!

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Awesome job on this lens.Congrates on the little one coming soon.Looking forward to more of your creative work.

    • somebudiesangel2 profile image


      5 years ago from North Vancouver

      congrats on lens of the day ....:) Love the concept...i wish:)

    • tammywilliams09 profile image


      5 years ago

      Congrats and thanks for sharing. I have read comments on Amazon and I am glad for your feedback.

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      5 years ago

      Sounds interesting! Wishing you the best for you and your future little one!

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Interesting concept. Congratulations on getting LotD!

    • LluviaDeArte profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens thank you for writing it- congrats!

    • Mommie-Moola profile image


      5 years ago

      I definitely need to get this book! Thanks for bringing it to my attention and best wishes on the new baby :)

    • CrazyHomemaker profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice lens! Congrats on LOTD and Purple Star. I've just found my next informative book to read! Bookmarking the page so I can come back to this later.

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      bobnolley lm 

      5 years ago

      But more importantly, thanks for bringing this book and what it represents forward. More people need to read it, and more of the people that read it need to do it.

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      bobnolley lm 

      5 years ago

      Congrats on the LOTD. Very nice...well deserved.

    • Merstarr profile image


      5 years ago

      Hmmm. I love a title that sounds like my dream come true....

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Sounds like an interesting book. Congrats on LOTD.

    • Mary Stephenson profile image

      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD

    • TheWritingnag profile image

      Writing Nag 

      5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Thanks for this review! I need to put this book on my reading list. Congrats on a well deserved LOTD!

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      tfsherman lm 

      5 years ago

      I work for a non-profit (a library), and my duties include reading children's books and reading books TO children, doing crafts with them, and buying books. Part of my job is singing If You're Happy and You Know It twice a week. I get a weekly salary, I get hugs, and at Christmas time I get treats. I'm one of the lucky ones.

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      5 years ago

      I don't work. I play.

    • Nightcat profile image


      5 years ago

      Lovely, congrats on LoTD! :)

    • delia-delia profile image


      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Well written lens on an interesting subject...

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Thanks so much! The crazy thing is that I have this book, because my dad bought it a long time ago. I've always been to busy to read it though, and frankly I thought the title did encourage laziness and greed. Ha! Now I shall read it, as I've never been drawn to a 9-5 job and am thrilled to create my own unique path in life.

    • AnnabreeWrites profile image


      5 years ago

      Really great lens. Congrats!

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      5 years ago

      Awesome lens, Awesome book. I have all of Ferriss's books and they all are worth so much more than I paid in terms of the value they provide. I actually did a blog post about speed reading based on a page in the book. Check it out sometime:

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      KentuckyGal LM 

      5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on your well deserved purple star, book club quest win, and LOTD!

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      5 years ago

      My husband and I listen to this on audiobook all of the time. Great lens!

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      I like the idea of working less and making more. I will have to read this book. Thanks for the introduction. I needed that.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      I like the book it has some really great tips for helping entrepreneurs save time and make more money with their skills, Great review.

    • eilval profile image


      5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Fascinating lens . Congrats on LOTD !

    • choosehappy profile image


      5 years ago from US

      I loved this book. It changed my life--literally. Also, The 4 Hour Body, by the same author is amazing as well!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Growing up in a rural community a relaxed atmosphere sort of flowed hand in hand with the work that we did. Often work was play because it became a fun task to do. I think that it is not so much the degree or hours of work that you participate in but the enjoyment of that work. It is something that seems to be missing from the lives of many people today. Pride in an accomplishment well done. Happiness in completing a task to the best of your ability no matter what that task might be. Question is: How to bring the fun back into work.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I bought the book and never read it, after reading this I will. It sounds worth it.

    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 

      5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great book review! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day! I need to download this book, sounds like a book I could use right now.

    • Jogalog profile image


      5 years ago

      It sounds like something everyone would want to achieve but some jobs just cannot be done by not being there e.g. service jobs. I love the idea of it though.

    • TopTot profile image


      5 years ago

      One of the most influential books I've read. Also, people should check out the author's book "4 Hour Body". It introduced me to the slow-carb diet which has been a game changer for me.

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      Jennifer Lawyer 

      5 years ago

      This is intriguing...since I am working from home with 4 children (18, 17, 5, and 2), I struggle with the "work smarter, not harder" mentality. Thanks for the review!

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations on your Lens of the Day! It feels great doesn't it!

    • katiecolette profile image


      5 years ago

      Great review of the book, definitely made me want to buy it :) 4 hour week sounds wonderful, or even a 15 hour week would do. Good luck with achieving your goals!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to say congratulations on your Book Club win and inspiring Lens of the Day!

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      5 years ago

      wow! This book sounds like it works. I will give it a try

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      This works extremely well in the IT field but not necessarily in marketing perishable items. However it does make people think. What if you could earn a Years salary in just 3 months?

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LOTD! Go take 3 days off your work week to celebrate. :-) Hey, you've earned it.

    • tmsmith19 profile image


      5 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendation. I think I will pick this up! Thanks!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      This is great, carve that time and spend as much time as you can with your new baby, because they grow up so fast. Don't miss it because you're working. Congratulations on the baby and Lens Of the Day.

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      Lewis Clifford 

      5 years ago from London

      I read a lot of about this book on the internet, and then a couple of weeks ago I saw it on a second hand bookstore - for 50p (about 75 cents!) - so I bought it. Does make you think about how you can re-structure your lifestyle.

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      5 years ago

      Looks like a good book.I will read it.

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      5 years ago

      I like to work only 4 hours a day!

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      rattie lm 

      5 years ago

      Like ted-batchelor below, I too have read the book, but I think we must keep reminding ourselves of the sentiments. In trying to switch careers, I know my husband and I waork way too hard, but I'm about to hire a VA whom I trust. I hope that this will be a firm step in the right direction.

    • tedwritesstuff24 profile image


      5 years ago

      I have read this book twice and whilst I would love to endorse it (and I love the premise), outsourcing your work to an Indian concierge service just isn't possible in many fields. But if it inspires just one person to think about their current situation, then more power to it.

    • girlfriendfactory profile image


      5 years ago

      This sounds like a great book for my best friend who is struggling with some career change decisions. Congrats on the upcoming addition to your family!

    • Meganhere profile image


      5 years ago

      I read this book a few years ago and it had a big effect on me. I started a business with the view to working from anywhere in the world. Still on the way . . .

    • SavioC profile image


      5 years ago

      Looks very interesting. I will read this one.

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      5 years ago

      Nice lens, nice information.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      5 years ago

      Oh it is such a good idea. I really like to hear people's ideas about how to make something unexpected happen in a novel way.

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      Amy Trumpeter 

      5 years ago from Oxford

      Yes, I love the Four Hour Work Week! I will vote for this in the bookclub!

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      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This is definitely on my must-read list for myself and my family.

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I want to read this book, just haven't had time to read it yet. Great review. Congrats on the purple star

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      5 years ago from France

      I started this book but haven't had the time to complete it...! I am trying to live our dream, but need some of the tips from this book I'm guessing... Thanks for the reminder to get back to it and congrats on the purple star.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      As a former workaholic, I'm all about balance these days. Anything that will help me achieve this certainly shows up on the center of my radar screen. I'd like to read this book. Wishing you much joy and fulfillment as you get ready to welcome a new life into your family.

    • somebudiesangel2 profile image


      5 years ago from North Vancouver

      Nice positive lense:) ....and ....congratulations to you and your husband on the upcoming addition to your family:)

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      5 years ago

      This is a great lens. It is very informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      I read this book about two years ago and it inspired me also. Have recommended it to many friends.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm at the age that a 4-hour work week is becoming very appealing, especially since for the last 13 years, working for myself, I've made up the difference in those hours for a good number of years! Too many people know nothing beyond the 8-5 grind - I'd love for this book to be required reading at about age 15. Wish I would have done that with my own kids.


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