I decided to purchase this book after a friend of mine secured an interview with Tim Ferris and asked me to help create some interesting interview questions for him. Ferris was marketing his latest book ‘The 4hr Chef’ hence his interest in being interviewed. In order to create the right set of questions I trawled through his blog to get a flavour of who he is and decided he was interesting enough for me to buy his first-book, the New York Times Bestseller, The 4hr Work Week.
So what is this book about?
This book is about working smarter. This book is about living life to the fullest. This book is about happiness. But if you think you are likely to condense your working week into a four-hour window then think again. For me this book is more about finding a way to live your life so that work becomes a by-product of being. There is no divide, no line in the sand, no clocking on and off. It’s just your life – period. Tim Ferris will teach you to shorten your working week. I’m just not sold that four-hours is nothing more than a catchy title.
There is a great concept that Ferris covers in the book concerning your philosophy on retirement. Instead of worrying about the future, instead of scraping by each month whilst you save feverishly to hand all of it to someone else when you die. Just take regular retirement breaks now. Live life; don’t postpone life. Of course you need to create a lifestyle that allows you to take mini retirements without becoming destitute, being fired or both. This is what the book does. Ferris gives you that guide.
The art of delegation
So how do you condense your working week down to just four-hours? The Tim Ferris view is to delegate everything. He advocates and supports online virtual assistants that can be taught to carry out a wide variety of tasks. Some of these sites are available for $250 for 40-hours of work. By delegating everything you can, it frees up time to focus on the most important aspects of your job and life. If you think this is beyond the realms of possibility then think again. I decided to ask my sister if she would become my personal assistant. I felt more comfortable using a relative because she can have access to all of my personal banking details. Instead of telling myself I couldn’t afford it, I decided to follow the mantra, ‘How can I afford it?” I went out and found myself additional income to cover the added expense of my sister’s salary. It’s the best move I ever did and it now allows me to work on the most important aspects of my life.
Working at home
The Tim Ferris philosophy is if you can get away from the office then the world is your oyster. Move away from that all Seeing Eye and you can carve a future that provides happiness and a reduced working week. In a nutshell, tell your Boss that you will work from home, delegate everything to someone else and bugger off to a beach in Thailand for a spot of surfing,
One of the greatest things about the 4hr Work Week is the endless supply of advice that Ferris gives in the forms of links to websites he has used, companies he has used and books that he has read. Ferris empties his noggin and gives you everything that rests there. He holds nothing back and it builds trust. I for one will be buying his next two books in the series: The 4hr Body and The 4hr Chef, but in the meantime grab your copy of the New York Times Bestseller: The 4hr Work Week.