Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Four Hour Work Week Is Ruining My Life...

It's rare that a book nags away at me.  Most self help books are instantly forgettable when you put them back on the shelf.

Having now read Tim Ferriss' "Four Hour Work Week" at least 4 times in total (that's not including all the dipping 
into read throughs) I can safely say that it won't be going back on 
my shelf for quite some time.

I'm not going to review it because others have done it better than I would hope to (I'll add some links to reviews and stuff shortly) but I wanted to point out that you need this book.  Whoever you are and whatever you want from your life - you need this book.

So if it's that good why is it ruining my life?

Here's the first bunch of reasons:

1.  Most of the ideas Tim presents are simple yet pretty profound and I find myself thinking "Damn, why didn't I think of that before!"

2.  I am constantly looking at my own life and wondering how I can get from where I am to where I could be with a little help from the book

3.  There are so many little tips and techniques in it that I get mad at myself for not applying them all in my day to day life.

4.  His whole "creation of a muse" idea is driving me insane.  I want to find a muse or three and quickly so that I can start living a much cooler life.

5.  It reminds me to read his blog and that makes me mad as hell when I read about all the cool stuff he's doing :)

There.  I've said it.

For those who have been hiding from the internet this is Tim's website... and don't forget to check out his blog.


Matthew Cornell said...

I found some solid ideas in it as well. Note: I just finished The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less - It's clear a lot of Ferriss's ideas are directly from Koch. Slow read, though...

Ruchi said...

Hi Andrew, Came to you website from Tim's blog. Was impressed by your comment 'Life is not a Dress Rehearsal'. Read the post and am glad that I did.

Andrew Davidson said...


I read the Koch book a while ago. Once you get the concept you only need some basic pointers for where to use it, not a whole book. I flipped through most of it. Tim's summary is all most people would need.

Thanks for dropping by.


Andrew Davidson said...


Thanks for your comment. It's nice to know that I have some readers!

All the best


Ryan Clark Holiday said...

Subscribed. Tim is a great guy. Thanks for the comment.

Sean said...

I feel your pain. It's like he opens a window to totally attainable awesome living and you can't stop kicking yourself for not seeing...the obvious.

Sean said...

If you want the most value from the books you already own, I reccomend creating book maps.

Andrew said...


Thanks for your comemnts.

It's the kind of frustration that I like but sometimes it makes me want to throw in my current profession and become newly rich now. And I'm not quite there yet with the alternative income stream. Hopefully won't be long though.

When you say book maps I presume you mean mindmaps or a variant? I use them a lot but not always with books. Thanks for the reminder.