The 4Hour Work Week


What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer: “I race motorcycles in Europe.” “I ski in the Andes.” “I scuba dive in Panama.” “I dance tango in Buenos Aires.” He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and instead mastered the new currencies-time and mobility-to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now. Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world.



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Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. —MARK TWAIN

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People don’t want to be millionaires—they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy.

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D: To retire early or young. NR: To distribute recovery periods and adventures (mini-retirements) throughout life on a regular basis and recognize that inactivity is not the goal. Doing that which excites you is.

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Being financially rich and having the ability to live like a millionaire are fundamentally two very different things.

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I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. —HERBERT BAYARD SWOPE,

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Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness.

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This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity.

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  1. Emphasize Strengths, Don’t Fix Weaknesses.

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Busy yourself with the routine of the money wheel, pretend it’s the fix-all, and you artfully create a constant distraction that prevents you from seeing just how pointless it is. Deep down, you know it’s all an illusion, but with everyone participating in the same game of make-believe, it’s easy to forget.

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Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

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FEAR COMES IN many forms, and we usually don’t call it by its four-letter name. Fear itself is quite fear-inducing. Most intelligent people in the world dress it up as something else: optimistic denial.

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What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.

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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. —GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists

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The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is—here’s the clincher—boredom.

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Samuel Beckett, a personal hero of mine: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’

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The best first step, the one I recommend, is finding someone who’s done it and ask for advice on how to do the same. It’s not hard.

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Learn to Eye Gaze

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Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. —ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY,

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EFFECTIVENESS IS DOING the things that get you closer to your goals. Efficiency is performing a given task (whether important or not) in the most economical manner possible.

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Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.

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lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

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Since we have 8 hours to fill, we fill 8 hours. If we had 15, we would fill 15. If we have an emergency and need to suddenly leave work in 2 hours but have pending deadlines, we miraculously complete those assignments in 2 hours.

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Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion. It is the magic of the imminent deadline.

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Use Parkinson’s Law to accomplish more in less time. Shorten schedules and deadlines to necessitate focused action instead of deliberation and procrastination.

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What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. —HERBERT

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Practice the art of nonfinishing.

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Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate. —DAVE BARRY,

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there is a difference between being perceived as an expert and being one.

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Google Adwords Keyword Tool ( Enter the potential search terms to find search volume and alternative terms with more search traffic. Click on the “Approx Avg Search Volume” column to sort results from most to least searched.

The 4Hour Work Week - Note 34

I used 99Designs to get an excellent logo for in 24 hours for less than $150. I submitted the concept, more than 50 designers worldwide uploaded their best attempts, which I could browse, and I chose the best after suggesting a few improvements. From Crowdspring’s site: “Name your price, name your deadline, see entries within hours and be done in just days. The average project gets a whopping 68 entries. 25 entries or your money back.”

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Fortunately, a few simple steps can dramatically upgrade your budding Fortune 500 image and take your muse from coffee shop to boardroom in 45 minutes or less.

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By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day. —ROBERT FROST,

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In Japan, a three-piece zombie who joins the 9–5 grind each morning is called a sarari-man—salaryman—and, in the last few years, a new verb has emerged: datsu-sara suru, to escape (datsu) the salaryman (sara) lifestyle. It’s your turn to learn the datsu-sara dance.

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TO CREATE THE proper leverage to be unshackled, we’ll do two things: demonstrate the business benefit of remote working and make it too expensive or excruciating to refuse a request for it.

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Sherwood wants the company to invest as much as possible in him so that the loss is greater if he quits.

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Third, Sherwood creates a bullet-point list of how much more he achieved outside the office with explanations. He realizes that he needs to present remote working as a good business decision and not a personal perk.

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Sherwood didn’t expect to get two days per week approved. He asked for two so that, in the case his boss refused, he could ask for just one as a fallback position (bracketing).

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Sherwood: What’s your main concern?64 Bill: It seems like you’re on your way out. I mean, are you going to quit on us? Second, what if everyone wants to do the same?

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He realizes that, just as you want to negotiate ad pricing close to deadlines, getting what you want often depends more on when you ask for it than how you ask for it.

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Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. —THOMAS J. WATSON,

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Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. —THOMAS J. WATSON,

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There are two types of mistakes: mistakes of ambition and mistakes of sloth.

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I-Resign (

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There is more to life than increasing its speed. —MOHANDAS GANDHI

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The mini-retirement is defined as recurring—it is a lifestyle.