The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

by Timothy Ferriss

Crown Publishing Group | April 24, 2007 | Hardcover

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich is rated 3.7273 out of 5 by 11.
What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this
controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer:

“I race motorcycles in Europe.”
“I ski in the Andes.”
“I scuba dive in Panama.”
“I dance tango in Buenos Aires.”

He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and instead mastered the new currencies—time and mobility—to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now.

Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world. Join Tim Ferriss as he teaches you:

• How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
• How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
• How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
• How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and freuent "mini-retirements"
• What the crucial difference is between absolute and relative income
• How to train your boss to value performance over presence, or kill your job (or company) if it’s beyond repair
• What automated cash-flow “muses” are and how to create one in 2 to 4 weeks
• How to cultivate selective ignorance—and create time—with a low-information diet
• What the management secrets of Remote Control CEOs are
• How to get free housing worldwide and airfare at 50–80% off
• How to fill the void and create a meaningful life after removing work and the office

You can have it all—really.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.54 × 5.79 × 1.09 in

Published: April 24, 2007

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307353133

ISBN - 13: 9780307353139

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking I managed to finish the whole book, I'm sure there are lots of people that would throw it away after the first half. He's a bit of a con artist, but the last few chapters are worth reading. It certainly caused me to re-assess how I do things. Would I take advise from the book? That's not really the point.
Date published: 2010-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great outside of the box thinker! A must read! Amazing book! It will make you laugh, shake your head, while making you think outside of the box about what is possible in yoiur career and in your business. This is definately one of my favorite small business books! To read my full review. click here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2347316/book_review_the_four_hour_work_week.html?cat=3
Date published: 2009-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great techniques for work, home and life in general Not sure where all these people of an apparently higher moral standard get off writing reviews condemning the author for making the most of capitalism and all its rewards. I found this book to be much more than simply a way to quit your current job and make money off the backs of third world workers. If that's all you take away from this book, you really don't get it and probably deserve to stay in your dead-end job. For those who don't really want to leave their careers behind, it provides techniques for getting more real work done in a day, both at the office and in your personal life. It is interesting, though, to learn how to make money without having to put in the long hours most business owners have to endure, and he offers endless references to company websites that provide every service under the sun to help automate your business. Worth the read for those with open minds.
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Wow! This book is absolutely amazing! Tim had discovered a better way to live and shares many of his secrets with us. Do not expect easy answers though, Tim's methods are scary, take a lot of hard work, and require that you actually have something of value to offer the world. If you are looking for a get-rich-quick scheme, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a way to reach your potential and be your own boss, buy this book NOW. Kenneth - www.levelgrinding.com
Date published: 2008-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Paper This book is garbage. I keep it in the bathroom incase I run out of toilet paper. Want to know how to live the "4-Hour Workweek" life? Write a crap book, with a catchy title, good cover design and sell it . I even gave it to my sister-in-law to read for her opinion. She gave it back and her comment, "That guy is a douche bag". He owes me 4 Hours of my life back!
Date published: 2008-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok if you can get it for 10 or 12 dollars heavily reduced so I thought why not? the book is about a 6/10 just to ponder over a few ideas like the life impact on work and perhaps it has brought me closer to starting an online business some day. But I wouldn't quit my day job over the advice from somebody that sells quasi-nutritional supplements online. And I don't think my wife would appreciate receiving personalized email cards from my virtual assistant in Mumbai since I'm too lazy to do it myself. i think i get more enjoyment from my current life than revamping it all and studying cage fighting. Is it ethical to get somebody in a 3rd world country to do your own work? I googled the author and was surprised to find a youtube video from nbc as a recognized medical expert on the impact of steroids on athletes - clearly false and a sample of his underlying ethics. but kudos to tim. he's figured out life's golden principle: "If you want to lose money, buy a self-help book. If you want to make money, write one." ps - wrote this review myself on my day off. only took a couple minutes and I don't have to self critique myself on the ethics of outsourcing such a task to those unlucky enough to be disadvantaged by poverty.
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I found this book to be inspiring! I found a kindred spirit. Someone who believes there is a different way to work and LIVE. This book isn't for everyone...some may be offended by Tim's tactics. He offers up a buffet of ideas to free yourself from the 9 to 5. Its just a different way of thinking. Like a real buffet you only need to put the things you like on your plate to bring back to the table.
Date published: 2008-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Podcast interview with Tim and Canada's Career Coach Do you feel stuck in your career? Why can’t it be a Freedom 35 plan? This week's podcast is with New York Times best-selling author Timothy Ferriss. http://www.careerjoy.com/index.php?q=node/337 His book, The 4 Hour Work Week, has been a runaway success. He shares his insight on how to define your own career path and live a balanced and successful life. In Timothy's book, he lays out in a very clear and practical way, some of the major workplace myths. The essence of the book is to distribute success and retirement throughout your life. I call this the “freedom now” plan. Freedom seems to be selling well these days. We have a number of companies that are in the business of selling this concept in Canada. "Imagine the Freedom" and "Freedom 55" are two examples of powerful ad campaigns that two major companies have used very successfully to build their brands. This begs the question: Why? Isn't our country true north, strong and free? I believe for many, these advertisement campaigns link into the deep sense of lack of control that they feel over their time, money and mobility. I believe this is why Ferriss’ book has sold really well in the United States, Canada and a number of other countries in this world. Having control over our life is a universal human need and many are searching deeply for this in their personal and professional lives. I looked up the definition of freedom in the wiktionary. Freedom is defined as the state of being free, of not being imprisoned or enslaved. Think of the terms that are used in our world of work such as golden handcuffs, feeling trapped, etc. When you sell "imagine" or "55" it really says that many sense that freedom comes with winning the lottery or retirement (not that winning the lottery would cramp my style!). There are two core components that are key in having a true sense of freedom: 1. You have control. 2. You have choices. In understanding that you have control and choice, you are truly empowered. Tim brought up some very interesting points from his book in our discussion. We need to determine what our personal definition of success is. This is the starting point. There are many preset definitions of success in our world. It is very important to clearly come up with your own definition. There are 3 key elements that make up the 4-hour work week. Salary: We often talk range; however, think about this in a different way. How much would you need to support the lifestyle you want? One of my clients is an emergency room physician. She would figure out how much she wanted to make each month and book that amount of shifts. Get clear about how much money you need each month to sustain your lifestyle. Money is a renewable resource. You have choices. Time: How many hours per week do you really want to be working? One client took a new job with less responsibility. He traded time for money. Time is a non-renewable resource. You have choices. Mobility: Where and how do you want to work? A client chose to move from Canada to the UK and is working from her home office. With the cost of technology and the nature of work in general, more and more employers are encouraging work from home. You have choices. As Tim said, "Many of the old frameworks are radically shifting in our world. From how you are paid to where you work to the removal of lifetime employment and pension plans." The question I asked at the beginning is do you feel stuck? If you do, it really is just a feeling, not a fact. The facts are that you are not truly stuck (unless you are in prison for a crime!) It is easy to live in the old limited model of work vs. retirement or work vs. life and money vs. time. There are all kinds of new career and employment models out there. Take the time to define what you want and take steps towards this. It doesn't have to happen overnight, but it will never happen unless you take control of your future. Are you struggling with identifying the options or are you confused by the range of options? To do or not to do? - that is the question. Book an initial consultation today .http://www.careerjoy.com/?q=services/getting-started Choose wisely. Now is the time to stand on guard for your career!! Along the road with you! Alan P.S. Go east young woman! For those looking for our services in the east - we are excited about the opening of our new office - CareerJoy Halifax
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Snake Oil Salesman I picked up this book thinking I could find some good tips on time saving, but I was sorely disappointed. At first, there is some good justification of why we should work "smart" instead of working "hard" - looking for results instead of putting in hours. I enjoyed this part... but little else Then, the book became a guide to outsourcing everything to people in the third world, while living in the third world to save money. I felt that this was some sort of neocolonialism for the modern white man. While he encourages his western readers to work less hours for more money and says that they should expect more humane treatment from their bosses, he turns around and encourages them to get their Indian assistants to do humiliating tasks as Howard Hughes did to his assistants, so the western people can feel like eccentric millionaires. How fair is that? He also gives a guide on "how to become an expert" where he shows an example of a woman who started by putting up photocopied paper signs around a University campus for a free public lecture, then later built herself up as an expert in her chosen field, quoted by major newspapers. He defines an expert as someone who knows more than the average person. He even suggests that reading three books on a subject makes you an expert! This scared me a bit, and made me question who we choose as experts in our society. He continually talks about how successful he is, but really, he is a guy who made money in the unregulated sports supplement business. This is not exactly the field of dreams for most people. I think we would have a pretty bad economy if everyone took Timothy's advice - worked four hours a week selling unregulated pills and outsourced everything to India. As an entrepreneur, I wonder what the customers of his business think after reading his book. I would want my money back! This guy is a snake oil salesman - don't waste your time with him when there are so many better business titles to choose from.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only 4 hours? I couldn't believe it Of course when picking up a book of this title one is completely skeptical. "Who can really only work half a day a week?" you say to yourself. I couldn't put it down. I have had business books (and others) sitting on my nighttable for months (ok dear, years) but this one I couldn't put down. The shear boldness of Mr. Ferriss was LOL funny. My wife would elbow me when I let it out in bed. If you are Internet friendly and dream of having a stream of income to fund your dreams this is a eye-opening inspiring read. At worst, it "elbows" us to get off our backsides and make dreams happen. A great book by a modern rennaisance man. Rodney Lover www.Arrowfinger.ca
Date published: 2007-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Work less and earn more ? Tim has been comes from the world of the 80 hour workweek. He worked in the technology sector for many years in California. He is not suggesting that everyone can work 4 hours per week, he does offer some interesting principles to help you think about being more effective in your career with less hours and less stress. Sounds like a good deal for all of us..
Date published: 2007-10-30

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

by Timothy Ferriss

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.54 × 5.79 × 1.09 in

Published: April 24, 2007

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307353133

ISBN - 13: 9780307353139

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Cautions and ComparisonsHow to Burn $1,000,000 a nightThese individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever,” when really the fever has us.—seneca (4 b.c.–a.d. 65)I also have in mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters.—henry david thoreau (1817–1862)1:00 a.m. cst, 30,000 feet over las vegasHis friends, drunk to the point of speaking in tongues, were asleep. It was just the two of us now in first-class. He extended his hand to introduce himself, and an enormous—Looney Tunes enormous—diamond ring appeared from the ether as his fingers crossed under my reading light.Mark was a legitimate magnate. He had, at different times, run practically all the gas stations, convenience stores, and gambling in South Carolina. He confessed with a half smile that, in an average trip to Sin City, he and his fellow weekend warriors might lose an average of $500,000 to $1,000,000—each. Nice.He sat up in his seat as the conversation drifted to my travels, but I was more interested in his astounding record of printing money.“So, of all your businesses, which did you like the most?”The answer took less than a second of thought.“None of them.”He explained that he had spent more than 30 years with people he didn’t like to buy things he didn’t need. Life had become a succession of trophy wives—he was on lucky number three—expensi
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From the Publisher

What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this
controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer:

“I race motorcycles in Europe.”
“I ski in the Andes.”
“I scuba dive in Panama.”
“I dance tango in Buenos Aires.”

He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and instead mastered the new currencies—time and mobility—to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now.

Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world. Join Tim Ferriss as he teaches you:

• How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
• How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
• How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
• How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and freuent "mini-retirements"
• What the crucial difference is between absolute and relative income
• How to train your boss to value performance over presence, or kill your job (or company) if it’s beyond repair
• What automated cash-flow “muses” are and how to create one in 2 to 4 weeks
• How to cultivate selective ignorance—and create time—with a low-information diet
• What the management secrets of Remote Control CEOs are
• How to get free housing worldwide and airfare at 50–80% off
• How to fill the void and create a meaningful life after removing work and the office

You can have it all—really.

From the Jacket

"It’s about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge."
–Jack Canfield
Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, 100+ million copies sold

"This is a whole new ball game.  Highly recommended."
–Dr. Stewart D. Friedman
Adviser to Jack Welch and Former Vice President Al Gore on Work/Family Issues
Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life,
it’s all here. Whether you’re a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this
book will change your life!"
–Phil Town
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Rule #1

"The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work?  A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!"  
–Michael E. Gerber
Founder & Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide and the World’s #1 Small Business Guru

“Timothy has packed more lives into his 29 years than Steve Jobs has in his 51.”
–Tom Foremski
Journalist and Publisher of SiliconValleyWatcher.com

Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful
work.”
–A.J. Jacobs
Editor-at-Large, Esquire Magazine, Author of The Know-It-All

"If you want to live life on your own terms, this is your blueprint."
–Mike Maples
Co-founder of Motive Communications (IPO to $260M market cap), Founding Executive of Tivoli (sold to IBM for $750M)

"Tim is Indiana Jones for the digital age. I’ve already used his advice to go spearfishing on remote islands and ski the best hidden slopes of Argentina. Simply put, do what he says and you can live like a millionaire."
Albert Pope
Derivatives Trading, UBS World Headquarters


This engaging book makes you ask the most important question that you will ever face: What exactly is it that you want out of work and life, and why? Tim Ferriss is a master of getting more for less, often with the help of people he doesn’t even know, and here he gives away his secrets for fulfilling your dreams.”
–Bo Burlingham
Editor-at-Large, Inc. magazine
Author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big

"Reading this book is like putting a few zeros on your income.  Tim brings lifestyle to a new level–listen to him!"
–Michael D. Kerlin
McKinsey & Company Consultant to Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
J. William Fulbright Scholar
"Part scientist and part adventure hunter, Tim Ferriss has created a road map for an entirely new world.  I devoured this book in one sitting–I have seen nothing like it."
–Charles L. Brock
Chairman and CEO, Brock Capital Group
Former CFO, COO, and General Counsel, Scholastic, Inc.
Former President, Harvard Law School Association

"Outsourcing is no longer just for Fortune 500 companies.  Small and mid-sized firms, as well as busy professionals, can outsource their work to increase their productivity and free time for more important commitments. It’s time for the world to take advantage of this revolution.”
–Vivek Kulkarni
CEO Brickwork India and former IT Secretary, Bangalore
Credited as the “techno-bureaucrat” who helped make Bangalore an IT destination in India
"Tim is the master! I should know. I followed his rags to riches path and watched him transform himself from competitive fighter to entrepreneur. He tears apart conventional assumptions until he finds a better way."
–Dan Partland
Emmy Award-Winning Producer; American High, Welcome to the Dollhouse

"The 4-Hour Workweek is an absolute necessity for those adventurous souls who want to live life to its fullest.  Buy it and read it before you sacrifice any more!"
–John Lusk
Group Product Manager, Microsoft World Headquarters

"If you want to live your dreams now, and not in 20 or 30 years, buy this book!"
–Laura Roden
Chairman of the Silicon Valley Association of Start-up Entrepreneurs
Lecturer in Corporate Finance, San Jose State University



“With this kind of time management and focus on the important things in life, people should be able to get 15 times as much done in a normal work week.”
–Tim Draper
Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Financiers to innovators including Hotmail, Skype, and Overture.com

"Tim Ferriss’s book is about gaining the courage to streamline your life
… But even more than that, it challenges the reader to seriously consider an essential–yet rarely asked–question:  What do you really want from life?"
–Rolf Potts
Author of Vagabonding and Travel Columnist for Yahoo! News

"Tim has done what most people only dream of doing. I can’t believe he is going to let his secrets out of the bag. This book is a must read!"
–Stephen Key
Top Inventor and Team Designer of Teddy Ruxpin, Lazer Tag
Consultant to “American Inventor”









About the Author

TIMOTHY FERRISS is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more).  Best known for his rapid-learning techniques, Tim's books -- The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef -- have been published in 30+ languages. The 4-Hour Workweek has spent seven years on The New York Times bestseller list. Tim has been featured by more than 100 media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Outside, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and CNN. He has guest lectured in entrepreneurship at Princeton University since 2003. His popular blog www.fourhourblog.com has 1M+ monthly readers, and his Twitter account @tferriss was selected by Mashable as one of only five “Must-Follow” accounts for entrepreneurs. Tim’s primetime TV show, The Tim Ferriss Experiment (www.upwave.com/tfx), teaches rapid-learning techniques for helping viewers to produce seemingly superhuman results in minimum time.

Editorial Reviews

"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge." —Jack Canfield, Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, 100+ million copies sold "This is a whole new ball game.  Highly recommended." —Dr. Stewart D. Friedman, Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School "Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it's all here. Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!" —Phil Town, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Rule #1 "The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work?  A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!"   —Michael E. Gerber, Founder & Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide and the World's #1 Small Business Guru “Timothy has packed more lives into his 29 years than Steve Jobs has in his 51.” —Tom Foremski, Journalist and Publisher of SiliconValleyWatcher.com “Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful work.” —A.J. Jacobs, Editor-at-Large, Esquire Magazine, Author of The Know-It-All "If you want to live life on your own terms, this is your blueprint." —Mike Maples, Co-founder of Motive Communications (IPO to $260M market cap), Fou
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