What the Book is About
When I first heard about The 4 Hour Workweek, I thought the book would be about being so productive that you only needed 4 hours in a week to do what took everyone else 40 hours. I wasn’t entirely right, but I wasn’t entirely wrong either…
The book was also about being yourself too. The beginning of the book will help you realize that the way our careers are currently set up doesn’t make sense; That working in a job you don’t like but can tolerate for 40 years will not only not make you a lot of money, but will also be a waste of your life and leave you as a regretful 65 year old with lots of regret and little physical capacity to do anything cool anymore.
He’ll force you to think about what you’ve always wanted to do in your life, and at least consider that they aren’t as unrealistic as they’ve always seemed. Not going to lie, some of the points he made in the beginning were so powerful that I was feeling inspired to drop out of college and move to South America to become a traveling dive instructor….
But obviously, I haven’t done that. Yet.
Even if it’s a step out of your comfort zone to think like this, it’s a pretty healthy thought process and a refreshing break from the pressure of normal career obligations.
The second part of the book will get you to think about how you can become the most productive you’ve ever been so that you can make these dreams possible. He’ll give specific advice on how to be so productive that you can move from working 5 days a week to working 4 days a week, to working out of the office, to barely even working anymore because you have people that manage your work for you.
By talking about this, you’ll gain a really valuable mindset of ONLY learning/doing things that are relevant and move you forward. Anything else will go to the backburner, or just not matter anymore at all. It’s really useful for reflecting on what parts of your life are just going to waste, and what you could be doing in order to be a much more effective worker and overall person.
SO those are what I would say are the two valuable points of the book:
- Breaking out of your current career mindset and thinking about what you want to do with your life
- Being so focused and productive that you barely need to work and no longer need to work in-office.
Some other topics he discusses are the value of traveling with your new free time, the value of being able to do uncomfortable things, starting and automating a business, and his thoughts on life.
These were valuable too, but weren’t as prominent as the big ideas above, and were only really usable if you were REALLY committing to Tim’s lifestyle.
I think the book is also pretty valuable in that the reading is so personal and authentic, that it’s almost like getting to spend time with Tim’s personality too. He’s a very smart, and very determined. He can get extremely creative in figuring out how to get what he wants and isn’t really willing to back down on his goals or make compromises for the opinions of others.
After enough time reading the book, this definitely starts to rub off on you. You’ll start feeling pretty confident about yourself and the things you want and will start getting pretty creative when it comes to figuring out what you need to do next to get there.
I would say that spending time with this kind of personality is just as, if not more valuable than the lessons you learn from the book.
I definitely disagreed with Tim at some points of the book because it felt like the purpose for what he was explaining was more about money than it was about passion or helping others. It’s my personal belief that you shouldn’t get into something just for the money; But I mean, this book is about finding ways to productively establish cash-flow so that you barely need to work anymore… so what was I expecting?
He also openly acknowledged at the beginning of the book that he didn’t really care what your definition of success was. He said that for some, success was about sex, for others it was about money, for some it was popularity, and for some it was meaning.
He said that he wasn’t here to tell you what success was, but rather to give you the tools to help you get there.
So even if I disagreed with it being about the money at some points in the book, at least he acknowledged that success is different for everybody, and didn’t try to say that money should be everyone’s goal.
Is this book among the must-reads? In my opinion, no.
BUT, I would still highly recommend it. It may not be a book that I think EVERYONE needs to read, but I think that it’s still a very good book and a great reading experience, especially in the right circumstances. You should definitely read this if:
- You are unsure about our current life position and need something to help you think wayyyy outside the box about changing your life up and living your dreams.
- You want to be more productive at work/home/whatever and want to learn a few major principles in order to absolutely master your schedule.
- You are bored with current reading and want to listen to someone who doesn’t care about social conventions, and operates their life on totally different rules than any other person who’s ever existed.
You can buy the book here on amazon if you’re interested or would like to learn more.
My overall rating of the book? A solid 8.5/10.
It’s a great book with some really valuable ideas, and was a really interesting reading experience since he’s such a unique author.
However, he talked about a lot of different things and didn’t have one explicit main idea, or at least one that felt really consistent with everything he talked about. That, and some the things he said seemed like they were only about the money, or were just a little weird.
Overall though, it was worth the time I put into it and has definitely changed how I’ll look at things from now on out. I think anyone could benefit from it, especially if you fit the circumstances I mentioned above.
If his other books are anything like this one, I’d love to check them out some day. For the time being though, I’d like to explore books more related to emotional health and communications. So stay tuned for more posts related to those topics!
Thanks for reading! And as always…
Let’s go baby!