Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated by Timothy Ferriss

I chose to read The 4 Hour Workweek because I have an obsession with business books and I have seen Tim Ferriss courses on CreativeLive and I know he is innovative and intriguing.  My hopes for reading this book were to gain some insight on how to work smarter, not harder and to absorb any kind of business knowledge that I didn’t know I was missing out on.

Ferriss’ book is broken down into different sections: Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation.  I started out really enjoying the book and the further along I got the less I felt like I could apply any of the information.  In the Definition section you determine what your actual goals are which is super important.  There are some exercises throughout every section and the exercises in this section were my favorite because you get to daydream and you get to visualize the worst case scenarios of what would happen if you failed (spoiler: you learn failure is much less scary than you expect).  Elimination is where I started having some doubts.  I’m totally with Tim on the idea of eliminating paying attention to the news and being disconnected as much as possible.  In this section he mentioned setting an auto responder for your email to say that you only check email once per day/week which in theory sounds like a revelation, but I would never want to work with a business or collaborate with a person who operates that way so I would never put this into practice myself.  Next comes Automation where you outsource your least favorite work.  There’s no work in my business that I am willing to outsource, I’m a control freak which is why I started my business to begin with so again not a great section for me.  Finally on to Liberation, but since the other steps didn’t work out for me I never got my work week (or even day) narrowed down to 4 hours.

Kudos to all the people who have success stories in this book, you do sound like you are leading way better lives (especially those of you who are living as nomads now, I do envy you).  I can’t imagine starting a business and automating it.  I love to work hard and pour my soul into everything I do and I couldn’t dream up a business if it didn’t relate to something that I actually wanted to be hands on with.  Ferriss is really positive and upbeat and he’s very successful.  Unfortunately I cannot recommend his book.  I believe hard work is rewarding and that there are no shortcuts to success so it rubbed me the wrong way entirely.  

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.