“If you are Tim Ferris’s fans, you will recognize that headline as the subtitle of his best-selling book, The 4-Hour Workweek.
I’m told that non-fiction and personal development books preach unrealistic goals, that a normal person can’t achieve such a lifestyle. After reading and implementing over 400 of these books, I guess, I’m the exception.
I decided to read The 4-Hour Workweek in August of 2016. I was a college graduate with big dreams but working a standard 9-5 job. I had a pleasant cubicle, but I knew I was capable of bigger things. How I stumbled upon Tim’s book would only be a guess. It could have been recommended while listening to a podcast. It could have been recommended by a friend. It could have randomly appeared in my massive pile of newly purchased books. Whatever the case may be, it changed my life.
The 4-Hour Workweek is one of those books that people say is unrealistic to implement. The author talks about living internationally, outsourcing work, and redefining what it means to be wealthy.
I don’t remember my initial impression, but I am sure I was optimistic. I have read it a few times since then, once while living in Peru and the second, while living in Colombia. I followed his advice diligently. His recommendations worked. This would sound uncommon, but I have met quite a few digital nomads claiming to be disciples of his work.
I’d like to reiterate two main concepts in the book:
Reality is Negotiable:
Society has a predetermined set of expectations. Go to college, get a good 9-5, work your way up the corporate ladder, marry someone, blah, blah…. you get the point. However, Tim argues that life doesn’t have to be that way. We could design lives that are uniquely fulfilling. It doesn’t matter if society judged us because we’ll be happy.
I loved this concept so much that I got the words “Reality is Negotiable” tattooed on my wrist.
It serves as a daily reminder allowing me to focus my decision-making on my core values.
Time and Mobility:
How often have you heard stories of rich executives building businesses at the expense of their families and health?
Well, the “New Rich” prefer to focus on time and mobility. That way, you can enjoy your life while you’re young and full of energy while keeping your family and health a priority.
This lifestyle will be judged, but trust me, it feels good.
I implemented many of such tactics that Tim describes on automating, delegating, or eliminating low-impact activity. Nowadays, I focus on highly leveraged activities and live all over the world. My businesses are remote, and I have plenty of time to focus on feeding all my core values.
Books like this can change your life. This one changed mine.”
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