A Summary of The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss

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An extraordinary book about ‘life style design’, time management, personal productivity, learning, outsourcing, travelling, enjoying life, taking mini-retirements and making the most of our time on earth. It also has lots of links to interesting, practical resources.

I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. As I have heard said, a person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear.

Tim Ferriss 15th August 2015

After college, Ferriss took a soul-destroying sales job at a tech firm. He left to start an even more soul-destroying business of his own. He went from working 40 hours a week for somebody else to working 80 hours a week for himself, and hated it. He was earning a lot of money, but the business left him drained.

After learning about the Pareto Principle (the 80-20 Principle), Ferriss had a revelation: he streamlined his business, eliminating distractions and automating systems until it was not only more profitable, but also took much less of his time. He took a “mini-retirement”, and then decided to write a book about “lifestyle design”, about creating a life that balances work and play, maximizing the positives of both.

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