A couple weeks ago I was blog surfing and read about an interesting new book called The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9 to 5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss. Odd because just the day before, Linda and I had been sitting on her sunporch, talking about how we could work less without reducing income and have more time for our interests and hobbies. (Remember that old Law of Attraction“)
I went to Powell‘s and downloaded the book, and when Adobe’s Digital Editions beta completely spazzed out on me, I ran over to my local bookstore to buy a copy. That night, I sat down and read the book start to finish.
Ferriss is an interesting guy. I suspect some people won’t appreciate his extreme renegade approach to achieving goals (want to be a kickboxing champion overseas? Look for loopholes in the rules — like if you throw your opponent out of the ring three times, you automatically win the match.) Not only can he kickbox some ass, but he speaks several languages fluently, is a world record holder in tango, owns his own company, and is 29. You read that right. 29, my friends.
There was a lot of really good stuff in this book. While I suspect I could never whittle my workweek down to four hours (nor would I want to — I actually like my job!), I did get some good ideas about working more efficiently. For example, I’m really quite horrible about delegation. After reading this book, I hired a coder to work on this blog. I had this long list of things I wanted to fix, and I thought, What the heck? It’ll take me two weeks to learn how to make those changes, when I could hire someone who already knows what to do. I also decided to hire someone to do some research for me, and I’m thinking about hiring an assistant this fall. I’ve also cut back on checking my e-mail. I do my MIT (most important things) in the a.m., then check it.
Another point Ferriss made that really hit home for me: so many of us work so that when we’re 65 we can sit back and finally enjoy the fruits of our labor. Doesn’t it make more sense to arrange our work so that we can enjoy those fruits now? I fully expect that I’ll be nimble far beyond my 60s, but a huge reason why I decided to go freelance is so that I can enjoy the perks this lifestyle affords — today. For example, I’m going to Germany this fall with my family, and then to India in November. Try slipping a month of travel past some big corporate HR department.
Here are a couple other interesting links associated with Ferris and his book.
- Tim Ferriss’s website (check out the interview with Robert Scoble)
- An interview with Ferris and author Marci Alboher at Google.
I’m curious if any other blog readers have read this book. What did you think of it? Did it inspire you? Post your comments below! [db]