August 20, 2012

Book Review: The Four Hour Workweek

Filed under: Books — Emily Reeves @ 6:20 pm

Maybe I am just jealous of the author, but I didn’t love this book, The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. I have heard good things about this book for years and finally got around to reading it over the last few days. I would sum up the thesis of the book as this: outsource busy work. There is a lot more to it, of course. And there are many good tips for de-cluttering your work life and in general living lighter, many of which I may employ. Ultimately the goal of the book is to get you to a position of full productivity with less office time so that you can essentially travel full time.

Ferriss is obviously brilliant and amazingly talented, but his tactics for achieving his success are less than admirable, in my view anyway. Perhaps I am just jealous and can’t get past that to the value of this book.


  1. Very interesting. I’ve read a lot about this book, but didn’t really want to read it — mostly, because im bot a reader — but I’m glad you did. While not profound, the idea of outsourcing busy work makes sense especially paired with travel. Simple idea, but smart. Travel lives definitely aren’t for everyone though.

    Also, I have to say. Short reviews are the best reviews. No body wants to read a novel about a novel. Ya know? So thanks. Read more books that I can digest in a few paragraphs. Preesh.

    Comment by Chris Kindrick — August 20, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  2. Thanks, Chris. I am a fan of super short book reviews, too. I can definitely do more of those!

    Comment by Emily Reeves — August 21, 2012 @ 1:40 am

  3. Well, the book inspired me to do something about my work situation.

    So now I’m down to working just a few months out of the year. So I must say that I absolutely love the book. But I guess it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

    Comment by Rasmus @┬áRetire My Ass — August 21, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

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