The first time I read this revolutionary book was back in 2010. Since, it has become a companion as I’ve adventured into the world of entrepreneurship and creating a business that is centered around freedom of time and place. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss is a spectacular take on freeing yourself to live a life that doesn’t leave you powerless and penniless.
In many regards, it is an anti-corporate world manifesto of how to DEAL with the hectic world of modern day corporate America by NOT dealing with it. His methodology is straightforward:
1. Define what you want to do (seems easy enough)
2. Eliminate what isn’t essential in all areas of your life that isn’t consistent with your definition from step 1
3. Automate your source of income, Automate your life
4. Liberate yourself from work so you can add more life
In a rather wry tone, Tim takes direct aim at the paper pushing, meeting making, last man standing type of corporate culture that so many find consumes 8+ hours of their life on a daily basis. Instead, he encourages people to aim for following their bliss, be it by becoming a professional traveler or owning a business that virtually runs itself, OR ideally by doing both.
It can feel at times in this modern era that most of us only live to work, and in that process we get mired down by other people’s agendas and goals, and increasingly forget about our own. In this book, we are passionately enticed by the possibility that we can in fact work to live.