I’ve just finished reading Tim Ferriss’expanded and updated 4-Hour Work Week for the first time. It was the right book at the right time for me. I’m going to read it again soon and take copious notes.
Not long ago Lisa Bentley give a presentation to our RWA chapter about the road she traveled to becoming an independent publisher of books for home-schooled kids (Wright on Time Books). 4HWW was on her recommended reading list and my friend Bonni had an extra copy which she gave to me. (Thank you!) I was so impressed with it that I was barely half-way through the book when I gave a copy to another friend.
The first half of the book reminds me of a gardener preparing the soil so the seeds can take root. Ferris spends a lot of time guiding the reader to question assumptions and see the possibilities of approaching life differently. He doesn’t stop with vague encouragement as the authors of many self-help books do, nor does he come across as a manic hyper-active who never sleeps as Gary Vaynerchuk does in Crush It. (Vaynerchuk’s book has lots of good info, just remember to breathe while reading it.) Ferriss gives specific, practical advice on how to implement the changes he recommends. He understands how difficult it can be to step outside one’s comfort zone, and how fear can hold a person back. The actions he recommends initially are baby-steps that anyone can do.
In the second half of the book Ferriss gives more specific instruction on how to create and implement an automated, delegated income generating “muse” or internet based business. Again, it is the specificity that impressed me. Even better, the book isn’t all “let ME tell you what to do,” it’s also full of how other people used his ideas.
As Bonni observed, 4HWW is not terribly original, but it has it all pulled together in one place. I particularly like that Ferriss is not all about making money. Humorous and pragmatic, the whole point of the book is to free the reader from busyness and the 9 -5 grind so we can pursue activities that are meaningful to us, whatever those might be.