The second installment of the Currently Reading series is Tim Ferriss’ “The 4-Hour Workweek.” It’s another classic entrepreneurship and lifestyle book that has grown to be extremely popular over the years since its publishing in 2007. Tim Ferriss is one crazy dude. He has done more in his life than many of us combined ever will, and continues on his adventures today. Some of those adventures include becoming a record-holding tango dancer, a national champion Chinese kickboxer, actor, business owner, and the list goes on. While the book offers mountains of actionable advice and inspirational quotes to get you moving, I don’t agree with everything he puts forth.
The overarching principle of the book is fantastic. Free yourself from the 9-5 grind and fulfill your personal “dreamlines” using that new found freedom. The book is chalk full of great advice and step-by-step guidelines for making this life a reality. Ferriss also presents a few different means to the end. Whether it is creating your own product or simply finding a way to work remotely with your current company, there are applicable ideas for every phase of life. That isn’t the problem I have. The problem I have comes from personal belief and desires about what a successful and happy life means.
There is a lot of coldness when it comes to personal relationships, especially pertaining to family. But, it will all depend on the person. The key to this book is applying its principles to how you want to live your life. Don’t marry yourself to the specific ways Ferriss uses his time or the examples he gives. Apply it to your personal beliefs and the book will mean a lot more to you. It’s as simple as that.
For young professionals in college or just graduated, this book is a great resource for an alternative view of what you may have been exposed to thus far. Whether you want some side money to fuel your lifestyle, or would like to completely change your career path, this book provides ample inspiration and practical advice for making it happen.
All the book leaves is for you to actually go out and do it. Highly recommended read.
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