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 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.
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.