It’s fitting that I’m writing this review of The 4-Hour Workweek while on the clock. I’m currently paid to be “ready” to take a call. Over the course of the past two hours, there’s been nothing for me to do, even while scratching around at things I can do. Not enough to exceed a comfortable middle ground. I do, after all, am prioritizing my writing. In this sense, I think Tim Ferriss would be proud.
Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
The book is set up into roughly three sections.
The first section is about figuring out if you want to become self-sufficient. If you’d rather punch in, be busy throughout a workday, and go home to complain, then life is good. You don’t have to think of much at all. You’re directed, supervised, and managed in how to do your work and live your life. That’s perfectly fine for most people.
What if you’re not like that?
The second section is about taking actions toward becoming self-sufficient. You can’t just quit your job right away to soak in the sun, so how can you carve out more time during your workweek to self-actualize? For me, I took a schedule where I have hours of downtime. I can use the time to write and to think.
OK, now what?
The third section is shifting even further away to becoming self-employed. If you can sell widgets on the side, while being paid at a corporate job, what happens when eventually those widgets sell more than your current job? Certain benefits only last so long. Eventually, the grind gets to you enough.
Those three acts are easy enough, right?
Ferriss lays out exacting plans on how to achieve these goals. Some of the concepts might seemingly be outdated, like asking to work from home, but they’re really not. Even if websites are down, companies closed, or social media marketing strategies change, the core concepts are still solid.
Then it’s just a matter of reading and applying.
Ferriss might seem like a charlatan for some because he is a free-thinking, globetrotter at best. At worst, a person working a corporate job might frown on the notion of someone skirting the system for the chance to realize their own life. After all, shouldn’t the company take care of its employees?
Even when the going’s good, it’s never great.
There are certain advantages and disadvantages to autonomy. If you don’t care about a mortgage, why do you need a steady paycheck? If you can scrape by, and feel the humdrum alternatives are not worthwhile, why live in mediocrity? Ferriss sacrificed some degree of comfort for calculated risk.
What sort of risks are you comfortable with?
For me, I’ve planned out my workday such to where I can appear to have been productive throughout my shift, when really, I had over two hours now to self-actualize. This essay, written over the course of 14 minutes, was paid for in full without any ethical concerns.
Other coworkers are watching videos, drawing, or studying homework.
|Sources: Reading the book.|
|Inspirations: Sorting through my backlog of 4-star and up books I’ve read and I seized the opportunity to control my lifestyle, one review/essay at a time.|
|Related: Other Book Reviews, and this is tangentially related to other Downsizing Zeal essays because their intentions are to enable me to live a lifestyle that wouldn’t be popular without freethinkers like Ferriss.|
|Photos: Some older shots of my storage room with the book to show how, if I’m paying money monthly to rent this second bedroom to store all this stuff, I have to play the corporate game longer than if I… didn’t.|
|Written On: October 6th [14 minutes, from 12:55am to 1:09am, WordCounter]|
|Last Edited: October 10th [Minor enough edits, if there were any, that I’ll call it the first draft; final draft for the Internet.]|