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The 4-Hour Work Week - A Book Review

Updated on April 26, 2021
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4 Hour Work Week Review

This is a review of Timothy Ferriss’s popular book ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’.

I just happened to recently read the book after purchasing it from Amazon and I have to say I found it (like a lot of others) pretty interesting.

This is a dream come true for many of us - to be able to relax and be free with just four hours of work every week! I know it’s a dream for me. And I’m sure there are many out there who are looking for the same amount of financial freedom in their life as Timothy Ferriss claims to be getting.

The author gives a lot of practical advice and tips to educate and prepare you for a brighter future monetarily.

An Inspirational Neils Bohr Quote

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field

Success Does Not Come Easy

Timothy Ferriss talks in detail about his journey to his financial freedom in ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’.

What I liked in the book is that Timothy Ferriss does not go about boasting about his skills and how he was able to achieve his success quickly and easily. The get-rich-quick schemes are more often than not - scams. We all know that money does not come without a little bit of patience, hard work, and determination.

As you will find out after reading the book, Timothy Ferriss believes in the motto of "working smarter and not harder".

He was not exactly popular in his previous workplaces because of his ability to complete a given task using his own rules and regulations resulting in a faster turnaround time. Timothy Ferriss used the rest of his time to practice his fighting skills because he’s a professional fighter.

In ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’, he mentions his struggles – how he got fired – and still rose from the situation to shine and prosper.

What Exactly is a DEAL?

DEAL is an acronym coined by Timothy Ferriss in ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’.

It stands for

  • Definition
  • Elimination
  • Automation
  • Liberation

All About the Book

It is mainly an inspirational read with steps you need to understand in order for success to come your way.

Tim talks about making a "DEAL" and how it can help you in attaining complete freedom in doing whatever your heart desires. We all believe that only millionaires have that kind of freedom to do whatever they want, right? But it is not necessary to be a millionaire to fulfill your dreams.

The New Rich

The author is someone who doesn’t really believe in doing a lot of hard work.

He gives a term “New Rich” in ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ for people who are capable of earning without spending hours and hours doing their work. You shouldn't work for the money, the money should work for you eventually. This is what a lot of financial experts wholly agree with.

The New Rich is able to do his work in a short span of time with minimum amount of work that he is able to take out time and enjoy his freedom doing things that he wants to do.

Learning From Others Mistakes

Apart from his own real-life story, Timothy Ferriss also gives inspirational success stories of other entrepreneurs in ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’.

It’s truly motivational to go through these stories and learn from their experiences.

None of these followed the usual norms to gain success. They went against the tide and soon enough success followed.

The author explains how sometimes it is very necessary to go against conventional methods to achieve the impossible.

Mini Retirements

Timothy Ferriss lays emphasis on “mini-retirements” throughout your life, and how you can achieve that instead of just concentrating on the big one-time retirement at the end. He believes that it is possible by working smarter and not harder.

'The 4 Hour Work Week' is more like a step-by-step instruction manual on how you can achieve financial freedom by working just 4 hours per week.

Apart from that, he explains in detail how you can outsource your work to virtual assistants on the web.

The book is surely motivational and inspirational for those who are burnt out because of work. I totally recommend the book to anyone who is into business or looking towards managing a business of their own.


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