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The 4-Hour Work Week

Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
Publishing Year: 2007
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The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich is a call to workers around the world to leave their methodical lives and pursue one that is ruled by passion, and not money. The book, inspired by the Pareto 80/20 principle, suggests that working more means living less, and happiness simply means the opposite. Tim Ferriss offers a new possibility for life and promptly follows it up with practical, step-by-step instructions. The goal of the book is not just to show the reader how to design the perfect life, but also to help them realize their goals. Millions of people everyday sacrifice their prime years in the hope of a happy retirement life. However, the future is uncertain, for we don't even know if we will live to see the next day. A growing class of people, called the ‘New Rich’, believes in living life to the fullest as opposed to laboring all the time for a paycheck at the end of every month.

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LESSON 1: The ‘New Rich’ concept. 

The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss is a great blueprint for designing your lifestyle. Following a simple step-by-step process, and working efficiently, we can easily adopt this lifestyle to reinvent ourselves. The ‘New Rich’ are those people who abandon the traditional life plan and live a luxurious life, assisted by mobility and time. Most people sacrifice their youth for an ideal post-retirement life. They follow a monotonous routine which involves sitting in a cubicle for eight hours, returning home, and repeating the process every day till retirement. 

Ferriss calls these people ‘deferrers’ as they postpone life instead of living each day as if it’s their last. Instead of enjoying the pleasures of life today, they work hard and save money for an uncertain tomorrow. Savings are undoubtedly important. However, no amount of money can be equated to the amount of work we do in our lifetime. Ferriss gives us the example of a man he met on a flight from Las Vegas, Mark. He could be called a successful man in the traditional sense of the word. He had managed gas stations, stores, and casinos. He wore an expensive diamond ring and frequented Vegas where he spent over half a million dollars. However, the bling on the outside couldn’t hide that he was dead from within. He disliked his jobs and never had happy relationships. 

Instead of living his life to the fullest each day, he had deferred and suffered through his best years. Despite living like a king, there wasn’t much meaning left in his life. 

One doesn’t need bags of money to live like a millionaire. The New Rich emphasizes living life for today. Dreams are not meant to be deferred, for they rot and weigh us down. It's high time we realize that our dream is now. The millionaire lifestyle might look appealing with expensive travels, and exquisite food. However, what we require are two things, freedom and free time. And we don’t need a million dollars to have these. 

Flexibility and Mobility constitute the key to a luxurious life. They are what we need, to live life like a big-shot. Despite these factors being easily achievable, we cannot attain it by working a standard 9 to 5 job. 

LESSON 2: Defining the rules to our life. 

Ferriss outlines a new way of living and working, that involves cutting down on wasteful effort by focusing your energy on what matters. The New Rich dismisses the orthodox ideas of the working world.<span style="font-weight:

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Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Forbes’s “Names You Need to Know.” He is an early-stage tech investor/advisor and the author of three #1 New York Times and Wall Street Jou...

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  • LESSON 1: The ‘New Rich’ concept. 
  • LESSON 2: Defining the rules to our life. 
  • LESSON 3: Less is more. 
  • LESSON 4: Save time by eliminating disturbances. 
  • LESSON 5: Productivity and self-discipline. 
  • LESSON 6: Business on autopilot.
  • LESSON 7: The New Rich Lifestyle. 
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In the summary of The 4-Hour Work Week book, there are 7 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. LESSON 1: The ‘New Rich’ concept. 
  2. LESSON 2: Defining the rules to our life. 
  3. LESSON 3: Less is more. 
  4. LESSON 4: Save time by eliminating disturbances. 
  5. LESSON 5: Productivity and self-discipline. 
  6. LESSON 6: Business on autopilot.
  7. LESSON 7: The New Rich Lifestyle. 

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