The 4-Hour Workweek Bullet Points
A friend of mine who runs a successful watch strap business recommended I read The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. Once I started reading the book which is about 400 pages, I loved it and finished it in a few days. Ferriss has a writing style I enjoyed which with a lot of comedy and bluntness throughout. Once I finished the book, I created a 70 slide PowerPoint so I would remember the important pieces of the book.
The tagline of the book is: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. That’s a pretty good start. I’m not sure many people would say, “Nope, I don’t want any of that.” Ferriss starts the book by putting you in his mindset of becoming the New Rich (NR) - those who want to take mini-retirements throughout their life instead of waiting until they are old to retire which he calls the Deferrers (D). Early on, you realize Ferriss is not afraid to take risks and people like that can end up doing some pretty amazing things the more conservative of us would consider impossible, improbable, or too time-consuming.
Ferriss talks about a few lessons he learned over the years:
- Fail Better
- Conquer Fear by Defining Fear
- Doing the Unrealistic is Easier than Doing the Realistic
Once in his mindset, Ferriss walks you through every step to build an automated business to generate money so you can take a mini-retirement. I really like his step-by-step instructions - he doesn’t give you fluff, he gives you actionable steps to follow:
- Pick an affordably reachable niche market
- Brainstorm (do not invest in) products
- Micro-test your products
- Rollout and Automate
I highly recommend the book for those looking for a little motivation. You can download the bullet points here in a PDF: The-4-Hour-Workweek-Bullet-Points.pdf