The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.For the past two weeks, I've been reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. It's one of those books that I'll probably be reading for the rest of my life. It's just so packed with information that I get something new out of it every time I read it. I actually picked it up a few years ago, but I wasn't ready for it. Now, I've decided to design my lifestyle. I've made a commitment to creating the lifestyle that I want. What is that, you may ask. Well, my dream lifestyle is to be able to do whatever I want whenever I want and be a member of the New Rich. I want to travel the world, I want to love, I want to learn, I want to make art, I want to support the arts, I want to rehab old houses and I could go on and on here. To do all those things, I can't be stuck in a cubicle. I can't be stuck in a 9-5. I can't be glued in front of my iMac all day.

I grew up thinking: go to school, get a good 9-5, make a lot of money. I no longer think that is the life for me. It may work for other people but I love my freedom of time.  Time for me is like money. I don't cook or want to know how to cook. Why cook when you can go to a restaurant? Yes, it may cost more to go to a restaurant financially, but time-wise for me it's too expensive to cook at home. You have to shop for the food, prepare the food, cook the food, clean the dishes... it's just all too much. Plus, I don't like to cook. Wherever I can save time doing something I don't like, but have to do... I outsource. I had an economics teacher in college that said he made well over $100 an hour so it wasn't cost efficient for him to go grocery shopping. He outsourced his grocery shopping to an assistant that worked for $10-$15 an hour. It makes sense right? This book teaches you how to outsource your life and make more time for the stuff you love and really live life on your own terms. This book has been life changing for me because I am aligned with the message. It's so me. I don't waste time doing stuff I don't want to do. I just don't and if I absolutely have to, it's only a temporary step on the way to more freedom of time.

If you're happy with working a 9-5, this book is not for you. If you're content working for other people, this book might not be for you. If you want to escape the rat race, make your own rules and be able to do more with the time you have, read this book.

You know what's funny. In the book, Ferriss says that we read to much. I get his reasons for saying that, but I'm still on my personal challenge to read 1 book per week this year. On to the next one.


  1. I need to read ths's really just what I needed this week! Thanks Kai!

  2. I love your challenge and the choice of books. I personally feel the same about time. Although I like cooking. I have read many books including millionaire mind and the millionaire next door and of course books like Think and Grow Rich which I know you read a long time ago. When I really like a book I will get the audio book to so I can be taking in the knowledge at all times. I hate the 9-5. I opened up a curly salon last year to try to exit this race and I bought and rented an investment property. I am still working out some kinks but I am determined to turn my passions to profit and fire my boss.

  3. This sounds like a book for me. I will add it to my goodreads list. Thanks for reviewing.

  4. This book is life changing. You can't possibly not at least entertain the thought of this kind of lifestyle. Haven't been the same since reading it, lol. I wish I had read it about 10 years ago, but I don't think it was published then. Excellent recommendation...and you're right, you can read it several times and get something new out of. Now on to the applicatin of it :-)

  5. AnonymousJune 08, 2011

    I read this book about two months ago and loved it! Very true that it's a LOT to take in but it really does give you a whole new perspective on what's most important in life. Ferris explains that wealth is not entirely measured in how much money you have, but how you spend your time. We always say we want to be rich (thinking monetarily) but what we really want is to live like the rich - vacation when we want, shop when we want, do what we want when we want. He teaches a completely realistic way to do just that without having to do the boring rat race (9to5, Monday to Friday). I'm going to read it again now. Thanks for the post.

  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. A 9-5 is not for me. I read some reviews about this book before, intended to order it and it slowly drifted to the back of my mind. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. This book has been popping up everywhere.

    I think I'm finally going to have to add it to my 'to be read list'.

    Your blog was 'recommended' in my google reader. I'm still making my way around but I'll be stuck on anything labeled 'books' for a while :-)