Welcome to the April edition of our Best Book of the Month series. The book we picked for this month is Timothy Ferriss’s bestseller entitled The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape The 9-5, Live Anywhere And Join The New Rich.
Timothy Ferriss is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and angel investor. In 2007, he published The 4-Hour Work Week which became a No. 1 bestseller for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Tim Ferriss followed up with two more bestsellers: The 4-Hour Body and the 4-Hour Chef.
According to Wikipedia…
Ferriss is an angel investor and advisor to startups.He has invested or advised in start ups such as StumbleUpon, Lift, Posterous, Evernote, DailyBurn, Shopify, Reputation Defender, Trippy, Foodzie, Badongo, TaskRabbit, RescueTime, and SimpleGeo in addition to small equity stakes in Facebook and Twitter.
The 4-Hour Work Week is a step-by-step guide to help you leave the rat race and experience a fulfilled life. Whether your dream is leaving that corporate job, or learning a new language, earning a monthly five-figure income and traveling around the world, this book is a great blueprint.
The old concept of working like a corporate slave until retirement, and waiting for younger generations and the state to take care of you is totally out. Learn how to build a sustainable business that will help you live the life you always wanted, especially during these unpredictable economic times.
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.” – Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
Let’s have a look at the following keynote presentation where Tim Ferriss shares the concept of the 4-hour ethos, and that is how to master a new skill in a period of 6-12 months and thus rank amongst the top 5% best performers. Enjoy the insights!
Best Book of the Month – Timothy Ferriss
The 4-Hour Ethos: Accelerated Learning For Accelerated Times
Three of my favorite quotes from our best book of the month ‘The 4-Hour Work Week’
#1: “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
#2: “Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”
#3: “Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic.”
Why should you read this book?
Best book of the month: The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
- First of all, this book opens up a new way of looking at life and business. You will start asking yourself some pretty uncomfortable questions that will help you get to your core and find out what you really want in life. You need to question the obvious. If you’re on the side of the majority, if you’re doing what everybody else is doing, it’s time to stop and reflect.
- Second, you will discover the steps that Tim took in order to get from a $40,000 dollar per year and 80 hours per week job to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week. Now, here’s the best part: this book is not a get rich quick scheme. Tim’s steps have been proven time and time again, as companies such as StumbleUpon, Shopify, Twitter etc. have followed the process described in this book.
- Third, you will learn how to automate your business for fast growth and outsource to virtual assistants overseas to be able to do whatever you want with your time.
- Fourth, you will learn how to become super productive by eliminating all the nonsense in your life. The chapter deals with cultivating ‘selective ignorance’.
- Fifth, at the end of each chapter you’ll find loads of valuable resources and websites, along with practical tips and case studies.
Best book of the month tips…
If you’re desperately looking for ways to get out of your current job and build a business, this book is a must for you.
If you’re in a job you like but you want to have more time with your family and work from home, this book will give you some excellent tips on how to achieve just that.
If you’re looking for new ideas and concepts to take your business to the next level, this book is definitely worth the time and money.
For all of you who have read the The 4-Hour Work Week and more importantly, have implemented the concepts Tim Ferriss teaches, I’m sure you’re much better off than you were prior to reading this book.
Have you read The 4-Hour Work Week? What was your biggest takeaway?
What do you like most about our best book of the month series. I’d love to hear your thoughts.