If your dream is escaping the rat race, high-end world travel, monthly five-figure income with zero management or just living more and working less then this audiobook is the blueprint. Forget your tired, old retirement concepts and throw out that deferred-life plan - there's no need to wait and every reason not to. You can have it all! This audiobook is the compass for a new and revolutionary world. Start living now!
©2007 Copyright © 2007, 2009 by Tim Ferriss. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The basic idea is that if you slack off on your day job to the point that you get fired (he recommends this over quitting) and job surf until you find a boss that's ignorant enough to allow you to work abroad and keep paying you, you will get more freedom.
Furthermore, if you change your definition of holidaying to vagabonding, it doesn't cost much to take long "vacations". You may also have to live in third world countries to make ends meet.
He also recommends you make your income through internet marketing of info products just like the ebook you just bought.
I can't disagree with what the author preaches. Many of us all could indeed work a 4 hour week and there is some good advice in there about freeing up our time, but could you really live with yourself in this kind of lifestyle? The author comes across as very selfish and his definition of freedom requires a "special" set of values and a lack of care for others.
I think I'll stick to the business books and try to add some value to this planet.
No. I think our values are just too different.
Yes, I would like to travel, spend large amounts of time abroad and learn culture and languages. Just not at the expense of people around me.
The content is ok however it's full of readout to useless website and affiliate links. I estimate at least a few hours of the audio is dedicate to this pointless information. It would be nice if the skipped it and/or just included a chapter at the end or appendix.
Finally got around to listening to this gem and am VERY glad I did!
Awesome insights into the word of virtual freedom.
Timothy Ferriss is one of those people who challenge the established wisdom and for that I read him with interest. I was taken with his prescription for taking control of your working life and how to be more efficient in what you do to enable a more creative and exciting life. I have a lot to learn here - especially around using automation of computer tasks and processes more effectively. I was quite repulsed by his recommendation to access cheap labour in India etc - surely the message is 'don't get caught up doing menial repetitive and unnecessary tasks yourself - get someone who is willing to be paid slave rates to do it for you!'. This criticism is the primary reason for the 'three points' score I have given it as it is such a pivotal ingredient in his recipe for success.
millenials and baby boomers who have missed the last decade in which most of this stuff was actually practical. But it is not really enjoyable.
I had only listened to half of this book before it changed my life. I halved my work hours in a matter of days and will now work on setting up automation to reduce my work hours further. I love the resources and recommendations listed in the audiobook so I will buy the book version too.
"An interesting look at holiday destinations"
Escape from work
Less references to websites and other information sources within the body of the text
The character who managed to live overseas while the employer thought they were still at home
Not take work too seriously nor place so much importance on money
An enjoyable casual read
I just wanted it to keep going! Ready to smash it now though. Thanks Tim!
Life changing no matter if you buy into the whole package or not. This book will make you think about how and what you do. Very well read and easy to listen too. Though as another reader mentioned, the reading of the full web addresses etc was a bit tedious
"Will inspire you to make a change"
I avoided listening to this book for years, so glad I changed my mind. It is going to help me change my life.
"Will Change Your Life If You Act On It!"
Timothy Ferriss has a simple yet supremely powerful way of approaching life that leaves no doubt that working 40-100 hours a week for someone else will only ruin you.
Each chapter has unique steps and thought-provoking questions to drag you kicking a screaming out of your cave and into the light, where you can examine yourself and realise where you can improve and / or take action.
I haven't listened to Ray Porter before, but he speaks this book very well - it sounds as if Timothy Ferriss is actually talking to me!
Joining the New Rich is easier than you think!
"A Real Game Changer!!"
Really make you think differently about life, how you work and what is important. Not sure I'll get to the fully integrated model Tim propose, but st least it has kick started me in developing new web site that we will test and hope to develop our business with.
Warning! Do not read if you are not prepared to take some action... if you do then you will find that the situations that used to be quite bearable suddenly become less so. All of a sudden you will be able to see more...
This is a fabulous book filled with some great ideas. The narration is good though sometimes the list of websites/resources does become a little repetitive. Whilst these lists make sense in the hard copy, in audiobook form they are less useful.
However you won't be disappointed with this book and it will take you to new places...
I must say I fell for this audio book as it sounded ideal to me; Though, even with giving it 1 star this book is considered overrated. There is no such thing as a 4 hour week for the general populace as much as I would have liked it to be so. What is the point of fantasizing about something that is not going to be achievable. If it is for entertainment purposes that you are thinking of getting this audiobook then by all means get it, it sure beats boredom! Enjoy life!
"The best self help book I have read"
Forget about piling millions of useless cash in the bank, that is sooo last year. The new rich are having all the fun and don't need millions to do so. This is an entertaining and highly recommended guide book on how to escape the rat race realise we are not slaves to anyone.
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