Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek
by Timothy Ferriss
4 hours work per week. Does this sound like a dream for you? In that case, Timothy Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek may be an interesting read to consider. The tips he shares aren’t for everyone but aspiring remote worker or nomad should check it out. I would never personally follow all these rules Ferriss gives us but hey you shouldn’t just listen to my opinion!
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks.
Waiting for a good time to quit your job?
The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life
will never all be green at the same time.”
Why I read The 4-Hour Workweek?
The bibble of any nomad, full-time traveler and dreamer. That’s what came to my mind when I finally got this book from my online library. I heard of the 4-Hour Workweek for the first time in 2015 when my life started to circle around the dreams of living as a traveler. Now I know that only traveling around the world isn’t really my thing and I have found a job that I can pleasantly do more than 4 hours every week. This book still held my interest and when I saw it on the shelf no one could have stopped me from reading it.
I wanted to know the secrets everyone was talking about. 4 hours every week, how could that even be possible?
“The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?”
or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”
The idea of 4-Hour Workweek:
Tim Ferriss escaped the nine-to-five work environment and teaches you how to follow his footsteps. Start your own business or go fully remote with your current job with these tips and tricks from the real guru of remote nomads. Most people who are working remotely have at least heard of the magical 4-Hour Workweek and its name already tells you our goal. Who wouldn’t like to work 4 hours per week?
“It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre.”
My opinion of The 4-Hour Workweek:
I wouldn’t read this book again. Maybe I just had too high expectations and that’s the reason I got disappointed. I got a few good tips but that’s really it. I had a hard time reading this book until the end and I had to skip some parts because in my opinion, it was so boring. It may be useful for some but not for me.
“People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”
I was thinking that my biggest problem with this book was that the writing style made Ferriss seem like egocentric, selfish and too confident. He seemed to put everyone who isn’t on his stage in life down. However, I also read the book called #Girlboss (I would rather recommend #Girlboss than the 4-Hour workweek) a week later and realized that this kind of style seems to be normal for business motivation speakers. They seem to think that their work and ideas are above everyone else. But keep in mind that this is just the feeling I get from their books, the writing style doesn’t mean that they can’t be the most lovely people in person.
Because I liked #Girlboss quite a lot but The 4-Hour Workweek just didn’t get me going, there has to be some other reason for my dislike towards this book. It must be the dull writing style. The stories from other people who have tried his lifestyle gave the book nice touch but other than that I was bored for the majority of my reading experience. Could I just get Timothy Ferriss memoir without any “inspiring”, “motivating” or “guidebook- like” parts?
“Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic.”
My final real opinion? This book wouldn’t have gotten all the popularity and fame if its name was different. Yes, there’re some useful tips and interesting points. Yes, Timothy Ferriss’ story from normal job to freedom is interesting. But as a book, it’s not that great. Most of the tips shared just make you a douche who may have money but that’s really it. Also, I think that these tips wouldn’t really make anyone free remote worker who only spends a few hours every week doing something real.
But hey, everyone can decide themselves are they ready to lie and cheat in their current job or to start a business using others… This book wasn’t for me but it may be for you! If you’re interested to read more full-time travel related posts, go to my travel blog.
“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”