Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review of The 4-hour Work Week (by Timothy Ferriss)


I listened to The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris and believe that is filled with useful and practical advice on how to be more fulfilled and active in your life. The book is the author's plight of making better use of time and looking at net salary from two dimensions: money + free time.

I believe that central thesis is develop a razor-sharp focus on your goals/objectives and to challenge yourself to question and achieve your aspirations. Mr. Ferris leverages lessons learned from his life's accomplishments to help others realize their dreams and aspirations. He gives tangible action-items through out the book (e.g.  to become an expert in a topic, read three books on the topic, and summarize them in one page, contact schools/local business and start speaking on the topic)

I listened to most of book on the Long Island Railroad and at times took notes on the phone. I will paste some of the notes/lessons learned in a google document for more insight/further reference.

I find that writing out the table of contents helps me  recollect and act upon lessons learned from a books.

Table of Contents

D is for Definition
  1. Cautious and comparisons: how to burn 1000000 a night
  2. Rules that change the rules: everything popular is wrong
  3. Dodging bullets: fear-setting and escaping paralysis
  4. System reset: being unreasonable and unambiguous

E is for Elimination
  1. The end of time management L illusions and Italians
  2. The Low-Information Diet: Cultivating selective ignorance
  3. Interrupting interruption and the Art of Refusal

A is for Automation
  1. Outsourcing life: Off-loading the Rest and a taste of geo-arbitrage
  2. Income Autopilot  1: Finding the Muse
  3. Income Autopilot 2: Testing the Muse
  4. Income Autopilot 3: MBA--> Management by Absence

L is for Liberation
  1. Disappearing Act: How to Escape the Office
  2. Beyond Repair: Killing your job
  3. Mini-Retirements: Embracing the Mobile Lifestyle
  4. Filling the Void: Adding Life After Subtracting Work
  5. The Top 13 New Rich Mistakes

Last but not the Least
  1. The Art of Letting Bad things happen
  2. Things I've loved and learned in 2008
  3. How to travel the world in 10 pounds or Less
  4. The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm
  5. The Not-to-do List: 9 Habits to stop now
  6. The Margin Manifesto: 11 Tenets of reaching (or doubting) profitability in 3 months
  7. The Holy Grail: How to Outsource the Inbox and Never check email again
  8. Tim Ferris Processing Rules

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