I first read The 4 – Hour Workweek five years ago. I was training for a half marathon and needed something in my ear that distracted me from the monotony of one foot in front of the other. I also was hoping to feed the ideas that were starting to rattle around in my brain.
I was in my late twenties and was starting to have a small, but startling mental revolution take hold. Did I have to live a life like everyone else? What if I wanted something different? Could I have more freedom? I dreamed of travel and learning new cultures and the cover of this book caught my eye. Press Play.
“The 4 Hour Work Week was turned down by 26 out of 27 publishers”
Hmm. This sounds like my kind of guy.
Up to this point like most, I believed that travel and a life outside the 9-5 was only for those born into wealth. To be clear, I am not one of those people. Like many in this country and of my generation, I followed the path that was promising wealth and riches for those that came from nothing – go to college. However, for those of us that graduated after the recession following 9/11, companies weren’t exactly lining up to pay us a hundred grand a year.
So, I got into the first thing that would give me a paycheck – Sales.
It came natural to me so why not, right?
Flash forward 5 years later.. I worked a job that I mostly hated with no chance of bettering my lifestyle. All of the sudden, here I was on a path that would create a life I didn’t want. Tied to a specific location with little vacation or time for a future family while not really being paid what I wanted to be.
This book woke me up.
Tim Ferris shows us what is possible. Through his book, he shows us that the life you always dreamed of is not only possible, but also doable.
In re-reading it this past week, I realized for anyone who walks to the beat of a slightly different drummer – this book is for you. Whether you work a 9-5 and just want a little more freedom or are already on the path to the 4-hour workweek and are on your first mini-retirement – this book is worth a re-read.
For each phase in your life you will find information and real life applications to help your everyday be happier. Here are some lessons I found most important in the book:
Retirement Is A Worst Case Scenario
How To Achieve More In Less Time
How To Implement A 4 Hour Work Week Mindset Into A 9-5 Job
Real Life Stories Of People Who Did It And Are Happier For It
I started using this information from day one. Today I own my own business and work from the city of my choice and you can too. The world is yours. You just have to start living it.
Read and Enjoy!
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