Book of the Week: The Four-Hour Workweek

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I got this book several months back but I have reading it on and off because I was trying to apply some of the action plans as illustrated in the book and I needed some time to let the principles sink in.

The ideas in this book are revolutionary and for someone who has been entrenched with corporate life, I had a hard time wrapping my brains around the system at first. But as read on chapter after chapter, I found it more and more appealing as it advocates for what my ex-boss has already taught me before I left – to do more but work less. 

I love the book because it is something that every corporate junkie could probably relate to. It even talked about the boredom that ‘corporate retirees’ feel especially during the first few months of staying at home when detoxing becomes so challenging. The wisdom that Tim Ferris shared was very timely and I was struck specifically with this part where he discussed about boredom.

Don’t freak out and fuel the fire. This is normal among all high-performers who downshift after working hard for a long time. The smarter and more goal-oriented you are, the tougher these growing pains will be. Learning to replace the perception of time famine with appreciation of time abundance is like going from triple espressos to decaf. 

But there’s more! Retirees get depressed for a second reason and you will to: social isolation.

This part resonated with me for quite a time. I was bored with staying at home and not going through the usual hustle in the office and I miss the daily conversations with my team and other officemates. But he’s right; as time passes by, it gets easier. You just have to stick it out and do what you have to do.

As with my other book reviews, I am sharing some quotes with you to pique your interest and give you a brief snapshot of this wonderful book.

Take less with you. 

Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner. 

Don’t use skepticism as a thinly veiled excuse for inaction or remaining in your comfort zone. Be skeptical, but for the right reason: because you’re looking for the most promising option to test in real life. 

Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing and is far more unpleasant. Being selective – doing less – is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.

The Four-Hour Workweek is a refreshing and very informative read.There are practical guidelines on how to design your business to be more efficient such as setting up autoresponders, sourcing out virtual assistants, etc. For employees, it gives suggestions on how to transition to more productivity and negotiate work-at-home arrangements (and a script on how to do it! HAHA!)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5.

This book is ideal for entrepreneurs and those wanting and craving for more freedom in their professional life.

If you’ve read the book, how did you like it? Hit me up in the comments.

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