Book Review: The 4 Hour WorkWeek

Title: The Four Hour Workweek
Author: Tim Ferris
Genre: Business Non-Fiction; self-help

What’s it About: In his book, Tim Ferris explores the idea of the New Rich—individuals who work less but still make money, and seem to have more going on in their lives, living like millionaires. He explores the idea of dealing with “bundling” things to deal with the same types of things at a specific time of the day, and to be more effective and efficient with your time, which will then free up time for you to do other things with it. He then tells you how to implement the steps so that’s you could live your life as the New Rich, even with the current job that you have.

My Verdict: I was actually recommended this book by a dear friend of mine, and so immediately taken with what I was reading, that I finished the non-fiction book in 1.5 days. If you know me, I drag through these non-fiction books. Since this is a self-help book, there’s no point in writing an in-depth synopsis as it’s all about technique and education, and I also don’t want to bore anyone.

Anyways, the topics that Tim covers in this books are eye-opening and useful. In corporate America there is this belief that if you work more you are worth more, but the truth is, as someone who has worked in corporate America, you are just a cog in the wheel, and the company would rather that you work 60 hours a week for the money they give you than just the 40 hours a week that you’re required to (and most likely should only work). Most people don’t understand this fundamental concept, which Tim Ferris points out, in that if you make $100,000 a year and work 40 hours a week, your time is worth more than the person making the same amount of money but working 60 hours a week.

Since I read this book in the time of quarantine during COVID-19, I immediately started implementing some of these tools, and without a doubt, started seeing immediate effects at my job. Less time stressing over email, and finishing my work faster, which mean more time to work on other items that I haven’t had a chance to get to. It’s been highly liberating to finally have the time to do the things you want.

If you’re one of those people stuck in a job that you don’t love, and are dreaming of creating a life you love, this book is a MUST read, at least for the beginning stages of the idea. It gives you good tips and tricks on how you can start making that goal of your dream life attainable, and honestly, it all starts with YOU.

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