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The 4hww – a review

In 2007 a new book hit the shelves that turned author Tim Ferriss into a New York Times’ Best Selling author, and a spokesperson for those who refuse to enter  the rat race, or at least for those looking to escape it. Since its release the book has been translated into over 35 languages and sold over 1,350,000copies worldwide. The book has been met with much critical acclaim whilst at the same time many have branded the author as nothing more than a dreamer who has allowed his ego to be splurged onto paperback for the world to relish in. What can not be argued with is the impact which this book has had and if you have not yet read the book, here is a quick review to whet your appetite.

The Basics

The premise of the book is to promote lifestyle design, the notion that one can control their own hours, their own responsibilities and their own times. Ferriss gives readers a wide selection of tools and tips for how they can quite the rat race and free up more time to focus on the things that are important in life. At the time of writing. Ferriss was working 14-hours per day in his sports nutrition supplement company BrainQUICKEN and he was frustrated about the amount of time which he was investing in work, in comparison to how much time he could spend on being a better human.

Tools and Tricks

In reality the tools and the nuggets of advice which are given out in this book is nothing that a life coach could not have told companies and wealthy individuals in the past, what Ferriss does however is to compile them all together in one package. There are some tools of the trade which can be easily implemented and the author makes a strong case for outsourcing responsibilities and managing your time in a more effective manner. The question that remains is just how this can be translated to any type of person, in any particular job, it perhaps can not. This however who are pretty independent already, can massively benefit from the new ways of working which this book offers.

Conclusion

This book hit shelves just as digital nomads around the world were beginning to realize that there was an alternative way of living and that the traditional 9-5 was no longer a requirement. The internet age played perfectly into the hands of the book and it could be argued that this book did nothing more than rode the crest of a wave which was already on its way to shore. The 4 Hour Work Week is not revolutionary but it is incredibly profound and has resonated with many who say no to the daily grind. The book has smart ideas which can work very effectively and can really change people’s lives, as to whether it can be applied to everyone however, is not quite clear. A well crafted book with great intentions and written with the hunger and ego that more of us should use in our daily lives.

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5 Books You NEED to read

Reading is very much like a muscle in that the more you do it, the better you can become at it. Many of us will have read books through our schools years and perhaps a little after but many of us are also guilty of not reading enough. Reading helps your vocabulary, helps you to gain knowledge and can be highly entertaining. In order to get back into your reading ways, here are 5 books which you need to read.

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley 

Few cautionary tales are told in the same way as the outstanding classic ‘Frankenstein’. Originally conceived as a ghost story, a then-18 year old Mary Shelley went on to create a story that will live with humanity forever and serve as a warning to those looking to control too much. The essence of the story is a Swiss medical student who seeks to create life using body parts and electricity, the result will leave you shocked, scared and most definitely wiser.

Translations : Brian Friel

A perfect book to introduce you back into reading is Translations, an excellent play from Irish playwright Brian Friel. The play is about the ‘mapping’ or colonization by the English of an old Irish village and the play explores the use and the power that language has on our identity and our actions.

God is Not Great: Christopher Hitchens

In a time where religion is as important as ever, the eloquent and self-confessed antitheist Christopher Hitchens’ book God is not Great is perhaps more relevant than when he wrote it a decade ago. This book is an unrelenting and scathing attack on the ‘poison’ that is religion and takes apart the belief system piece by piece with class, aplomb and plenty of fact-based study.

The Four Hour Work Week : Tim Ferriss 

A book that set a precedent for a generation of digital nomads and part-time workers, Time Ferriss’ work week is a radical explanation of a new world and a new way of working. Ferriss has unearthed a working theory which nobody before him had and for anyone who is looking to change their life, the way the way and the way in which they live, this book is as important as the Bible.

Discworld : Terry Pratchett

Technically this is a series of books, 39 to be exact about the wanderings of a hapless wizard in a world very familiar to our own. A fantasy book with a difference that has delighted both adults and children for many years. Even for those who are not fans of the fantasy genre, the prose and style which Pratchett offers his readers is impossible to ignore and it will tempt you in and leave you wanting more with each passage that you read. We have become obsessed with Netflix shows in recent years but I can tell you that none of  them can compare to the laughs and jaw dropping moments of this outstanding book collection.

What are your favorite books to read? Let us know in the comments section below this post.