OK, I’ll admit it, for a guy that wants to do nothing more than earn my own time and money freedom I sure have taken my sweet time to start reading the book The 4 Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss. I have heard about this book from many online marketers (imagine that!) and realize that what this Ferriss guy is talking about in the preface and first chapter is EXACTLY how I have wanted to live my life since I was about seventeen. Am I finally on the “right” track with this stuff? Only time will tell if a 4 hour work week is in my future.
The 4 Hour Work Week Is a Revelation
From the first moment I download the book to my kindle (a great gift from my step-daughter, by the way), I realize this is something different. I’m such a pansy when it comes to thought provoking quotes, especially irreverent ones like 4 hour work week, that I’m enjoying some quick glimpses into Nirvana when I see two quotes from some notably irreverent fellows in the first few “pages.”
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. – Oscar Wilde
These are more than lines that give the reader an obligatory “pause and reflect” moment. For me, the two quotes above are a call to my inner child and cumulative core beliefs. Yep, I’m still that “know it all” at heart and I just have to put into action the “irrational and adolescent” beliefs that I have carried with me all of these years. In other words, I’m ready to play and that is a good thing because I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!
The 4 Hour Work Week Proposes Living Life To The Fullest
For me, money and (dare I say it?) a career are nothing more than a means to go out into this world and have fun. I still believe that my purpose in this life may be nothing more than to experience it to the very fullest and why not? Does the fact that I want to travel and see things with my own eyes in an age when circumnavigating the world is done on a daily basis by those with means make me less of a person? Does that mean that my “contribution” to others is limited by my own selfish ambitions of doing something outside the norm? What if I can actually show others how to live a 4 hour work week?
I can’t help it. I read sentences like, “Common sense rules of the “real world” are a fragile collection of socially reinforced illusions,” and I know I have found a kindred spirit. This guy “gets it” and I want to follow in his foot steps.
The 4 Hour Work Week and Conventional Wisdom
The 4 Hour Work Week may fly in the face of convention, which makes the book a bit more attractive to me in the first place, but I also find a sense of relief as I read. I realize that I’m not the only “dreamer” out there, that knowing there is something better out there is not just a fantasy that I have carried with me most of my adult life. I realize that I too belong to a tribe of believers. We KNOW that life has more to offer and that working ourselves to death is NOT the answer.
My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic and I have proven to them and to myself that I can carry out this idea of working 80 and 100 hour weeks. Yes, it is possible to immerse yourself totally into the idea that economic slavery is something to aspire for, but in the end I just want to work the least amount of time possible, but earn enough to live the lifestyle I am looking for. The days of my children growing up without me are gone. It’s not how things HAVE to be.
As I continue to read this book, I will post different articles when I feel the need to. I will write a review of The 4 Hour Work Week in the days to come and I’m sure it will deliver on my expectations. As always, I will share my knowledge with you guys, hopefully you can get as much out of my reflection of these lessons as I am getting out of The 4 Hour Work Week.