One of the books that seriously changed my perspective on life and work is The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris – a New York Times bestseller. It is absolutely amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing (yes those extra a’s were necessary). The Four Hour Work Week is a self-help book that shares insight on how to escape the 9-5 race and become part of ‘The New Rich’ – a group of individuals who according to Ferris enjoy mobility, relative wealth and freedom to do the things that they enjoy the most. I know it seems a bit controversial to say that you can enjoy the good life by working fewer hours since the status quo; work hard, play hard is pretty much imprinted in our conscious. But that is why I really loved this book. It challenges what we have always been told about work and life. (And it is not a get-rich-quick-scheme guys!). It is a guide to building a life that you truly love by optimizing your productivity on tasks that provide wealth whilst outsourcing the irrelevant and finding work that you love.
If you think it sounds cool, but do not have time to read the book click here to check out a 10-minute video which shares its main insight.
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
“$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows.”
“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”