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An Honest Review of A Book “The 4-Hour Workweek”

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There are many books about time management, project management, and automated business. I read a lot, but only one had the information I was looking for the most. I’m talking about a legendary book called “The 4-Hour Workweek.”

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What about this book tells the world

In Goodreads, this book received 240,816 votes. Part of the comments is negative.

For example, one of the comments states that the book is weighty and the advice is difficult to realize. I agree—life is difficult. For me, it was also hard to use Timothy Ferriss advice, but I managed to; because I put in an effort. So I rate this book positively. I recommend it to anyone who wants to string all their processes and become more effective. 

Oh yes, this book occupies a special place on my shelf. I will provide three reasons for it.

Five reasons why I recommend the book “The 4-Hour Workweek”

1. The book doesn’t create illusions that it will be easy

When I opened this book for the first time, I got scared. I found various “formulas” and schemes in it that forced me to yawn. That’s why I gave up on it. After some time, I tried for the second time. After reading 15 pages, I fell asleep again. 

True, at that time, I was successful. My marketing company grew like yeast. However, after time, my back began to hurt. I worked at least 12 hours during the day. In my mind, there were new business ideas, but I didn’t have time to implement them, so I told myself, “What if I will try to read “The 4-Hour Workweek” once again?”

In other words, I had to grow up to this book.  

2. The book doesn’t suggest discovering “financial independence”

I’ve read books claiming that if you do this and that, you’ll never have to work again, and millions will splash like a fountain. It promises that when you build a business according to a template, you will be able to retire.

Unfortunately, in reality, you can’t leave a business unattended. Watch the movie “SUCCESSION.” The film’s main character is an older man, a billionaire, who cannot leave his baby (business) to others. Because people are predators, and if you don’t look up for your business, it will be ripped off. And even if you invest money in ten companies with directors, you will still have to devote time to those companies because you are an investor. You will have to attend meetings, that is, you will have to work.

Of course, there will be someone who wants to contradict my thoughts. One of them will be Robert Kiyosaki. Robert will state, “Alex, you can build financial independence.” After sharing this idea, Rober Kiyosaki will continue to go to the workshops where he will get exhausted because speaking on stage is not easy. Aren’t you surprised that people who write books on how to retire at an early age still work, travel to seminars, and write books?

I think Kiyosaki has failed to create financial independence, which is why he is constantly working.

And Tim Ferriss is not lying; he emphasizes that no matter how successful you are, you will still have to spend time in business. It was thanks to him that I came up with the phrase, “Better to work 4 hours a week than to have an illusion that you will build a business that you will never have to manage because everything will work by itself.”

There’s more, Tim Ferriss suggests, “Take ‘mini-retirements’ throughout carrier instead of planning to retire at the end of your life.” He gives an idea that it’s worth disconnecting from your business for five years and going for a big adventure. You can’t say it’s bad advice!

He states that you don’t need to be rich to travel. He is right. For example, my friends managed to find a 2-week cruise for only $500! I saw photos—those views looked luxurious! So, is $500 a lot?   

3. I found a lot of practical tips in the book

Oh yes, the author of the book shares not only theory—he says what exactly you had to do to earn more.

Other books are more abstract; there’s no mentioning what exactly programs and websites use to achieve your goals. However, Timothy Ferriss doesn’t hide such information. While reading his book between the sentences, I found a message, “Use everything I learned because I’m not afraid that you will become my competitor!” 

The book helps to understand what kind of work you can outsource in a digital business and what work is wise to keep for yourself. Includes methods and tools, how you can refuse to answer email.

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