Monday, September 03, 2007
The 4-Hour Work Week
Tim Ferris has created quite a stir with his best selling book, "The Four-Hour Work Week". I have recently become a fan of Tim's blog, and was curious to read the book.
He only checks email once a week from whatever random location he finds himself. He has people who handle the day to day issues of running his businesses. He lives a life of prioritizing, outsourcing, and exploration. It apparently works for him, and one can only admire him for having the balls to "just do it".
That criticism aside, this is a great book that has made me think a lot about my life and what I want from my future. While there is no easy way to wave a magic wand and live the life of Tim Ferris (nor do I want to), I do believe that anyone can increase their income and work less hours. Life is short and we all should identify what we would enjoy doing if we had more available hours and income, and then discover how to get more free time and cash.
"Just because you are embarrassed to admit that you're still living the consequences of bad decisions made 5, 10, or 20 years ago shouldn't stop you from making good decisions now. If you let pride stop you, you will hate life 5, 10, and 20 years from now for the same reasons. I hate to be wrong and stayed in a dead-end trajectory with my own company until I was forced to change directions or face total breakdown - I know how hard it is. Pride is stupid.
This is the most important advice in his book. It is not about copying a vagabond lifestyle if that is not your goal. It is about discovering what your soul is screaming to accomplish during your limited stay on earth. If you are not currently enjoying your life, make the necessary changes to create a new path. Do not postpone your heart's desire. Admit that you have dreams and make them real.
Have A Great Day.