The 4-Hour Workweek Book Review

The 4-Hour Workweek Book Review

I reviewed the first edition of The Four Hour Workweek and was surprised by the content, it was a fresh look at a new idea (Lifestyle Design) and it offered some really practical, useful advice that virtually anyone could implement. I recommended the book to many people - most liked it, some didn't. 

I eagerly pre-ordered this version of the book when I first heard about it mostly because I was curious if it would really be better . . . and boy was it! I sat down with this book and read until the wee hours of the morning. Sure a lot of the material is the same, but there are around 100 new pages of material and that material is what the first edition desperately needed. The new material is solid examples, case studies, new resources and it addresses how to navigate lifestyle design in a rapidly changing economy. 

Tim includes a list of things learned in 2008 along with lessons learned, this section of the book was priceless. Here are a few of the things he talks about: 

  1. Don't accept large or costly favors from strangers - Exceptions, uber-successful mentors who are making introductions and not laboring on your behalf. 
  2. You don't have to recoup losses the same way you lose them - An interesting discussion of mortgages. 
  3. One of the most universal causes of self-doubt and depression: Trying to impress people you don't like (This one really hit home with me . . . hard) 
  4. Slow meals = life 
  5. Money doesn't change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice. 
  6. It doesn't matter how many people don't get it. What matters is how many people do. 
  7. I should not invest in public stocks where I cannot influence outcome (Another hearty agreement from me). 

The list goes on as does the new information in the book. This one is a must read for anyone who wants to break the slave-save-retire cycle and live on purpose now.

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