The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
If you’ve not heard about this book then you must have been living under a rock for the past several years.
When it comes to business and entrepreneurship books, The 4-Hour Workweek is probably the most famous book in that category.
The book’s author, Tim Ferriss, is a celebrity in his own right and a household name in entrepreneurship circles.
So, considering I’m running a business book review blog, this was one of those books that I just HAD to include.
I’m not quite sure what size book I was expecting to arrive when I ordered The 4-Hour Workweek, but it certainly wasn’t what I got!
The book is huge! …at least, it was a lot bigger than I was expecting it to be. Actually, the book is about twice the size of most of the books I’ve read and reviewed so far.
The goal of The 4-Hour Workweek
The goal of the book is to teach you how to create an automated vehicle that generates cash without consuming your time so that, in essence, you only have to work 4-hours per week.
It’s always been my personal goal to leverage my time and income so that I can enjoy life to the full. No more of the 9-5 grind, rush-hour traffic, and waiting for the weekends.
The goal of The 4-Hour Workweek is very much congruent with my own, therefore, I was super excited to dig in.
After reading the book, I can split it’s content up into the following parts;
- 50% of the book covers what I already know and do (and is common knowledge amongst most mid-level entrepreneurs),
- 30% of the book applies mainly to employees and how they can make the transition to get out of the rat race (doesn’t apply to me because I left the rat race a long time ago),
- leaving only 20% of the book to be new and helpful (I picked up some good tips and advice on managing outsourced tasks)
So, because I’m already an entrepreneur and have been leveraging my time and income for a few years, most of this book is not relevant to me. However, for those who are considering making a move from employed to self-employed, you may find this book to be more helpful than I did.
I was probably expecting too much from this book due to its celebrity status and was, therefore, left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed by its content.
Lastly, I think the book contains a lot of waffle, which explains the size it. Many of the author’s points could have been explained much more briefly, and the message could have been more to the point.
Another update needed
One of the major negatives about this book is that many of the resources that the author uses are out of date; either they no longer exist or there are new and better tools available
At first, I found that puzzling because this book is supposed to be the revised and expanded version. That said, after checking the information page at the front of the book, I discovered that the original book was published in 2007, and this revised and updated version came out in 2011(!!). So, this makes the book almost 10 years old which explains the outdated resources used.
If I had read this book back in 2007 when it had first been released, I think that I would have been raving about it like everyone else. However, now in 2020, much of what you’ll find in this book has been reproduced through hundreds of blog posts, YouTube videos, and other freely available content, so there’s not much new to be found here.
BUT if you are a newbie and you’re just starting out on your journey into entrepreneurship, then you may find the book useful if the concept of passive income is fairly new to you.
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