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Book Cover: 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Topics covered in this book:

  • 9-5 work life versus “new rich”
  • Lifestyle design
  • Challenging the status quo
  • Freeing up time and automating income
  • Entrepreneur
  • Money
  • The big myth that retirement is the final goal or redemption
  • Being productive versus being busy
  • Taking healthy risks and taking the jump
  • Boredom is the enemy; do what excites you
  • It all starts with making conscious decisions
  • Time management
  • Effective versus efficient
  • Selective ignorance
  • Empowerment
  • Outsourcing and delegating
  • Automation of income

 

What if work was never supposed to be this dark thing you do only to keep food on your table and of which you tell yourself: “Just hang in there until you retire – then you can do what you want”? What if you feel you just do not fit in with the whole 9-5 tradition? What if your feelings are actually perfectly natural? What if you could work AND live your life to the full? How might this change the way you feel about your work?

 

In 2014, while I was still in my very responsible 9-5 job, I had my assumptions about work and how we work blown wide open by this book. I am not a software developer or in the business of creating products, so the book was not always completely applicable to my situation. But it gave fresh (and amusing) insights on what work can be, and it showed that there are actually people out there doing things differently – people who have escaped corporate drudgery and are going about their work lives more deliberately. It would seem that we are entering an age in which retirement is no longer the light at the end of the tunnel. Rather, it is about staying productive longer by shrinking retirement and creating a life worth living where our jobs are but one aspect of the whole.

 

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