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How The 4-Hour Workweek Will Change Your Life Forever
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! Except...it 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 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.