The 4-Hour Workweek - Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

How much do I want to read more? 9/10

In a vague sense I thought I already read this book. In fact I never read a line of it. Maybe I read a summary of it? Or most probably I just heard and read reactions about it.
Well, part of what I'm striving for in life lies in this book, or so it seems. I should definitely read it, 10 years after its realease and 8 years after I heard about it. It's time.
Never too late. Be calm. Infuse. Get inspired.

“It’s about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge.”


“The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work? A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!”

—- MICHAEL E. GERBER, founder and chairman of E-Myth


The 4-Hour Workweek was turned down by 26 out of 27 publishers.

Lifestyle Design from Dubai to Berlin

The original ideas of the book have been broken apart, improved, and tested in environments and ways I never could have imagined.
This expanded and updated edition contains more than 100 pages of new content, including the latest cutting-edge technologies, field-tested resources, and—most important—real-world success stories chosen from more than 400 pages of case studies submitted by readers.

First and Foremost


Do I have to quit or hate my job? Do I have to be a risk-taker?

No on all three counts.

Do I have to be a single twenty-something?

Not at all. Case studies range from a Lamborghini-driving 21-year-old to a single mother who traveled the world for five months with her two children. If you’re sick of the standard menu of options and prepared to enter a world of infinite options, this book is for you.

Do I have to travel? I just want more time.

No. It’s just one option. The objective is to create freedom of time and place and use both however you want.

Do I need to be born rich?

No. My parents have never made more than $50,000 per year combined, and I’ve worked since age 14. I’m no Rockefeller and you needn’t be either.

Do I need to be an Ivy League graduate?

Most of the role models in this book didn’t go to the Harvards of the world, and some are dropouts.
Grads from top schools are funneled into high-income 80-hour-per-week jobs, and 15–30 years of soul-crushing work has been accepted as the default path. How do I know? I’ve been there and seen the destruction. This book reverses it.


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.


Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

—- OSCAR WILDE, Irish dramatist and novelist

Life doesn’t have to be so damn hard. It really doesn’t. Most people, my past self included, have spent too much time convincing themselves that life has to be hard, a resignation to 9-to-5 drudgery in exchange for (sometimes) relaxing weekends and the occasional keep-it-short-or-get-fired vacation.

People don’t want to be millionaires—they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy. Ski chalets, butlers, and exotic travel often enter the picture.
$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows. The question is then, How can one achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without first having $1,000,000?

What is the pot of gold that justifies spending the best years of your life hoping for happiness in the last?

This book will teach you how to see and seize the options others do not.

Here is the step-by-step process you’ll use to reinvent yourself:


An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.


Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.


Step I: D is for Definition

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.


1 - Cautions and Comparisons

HOW TO BURN $1,000,000 A NIGHT

These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever,” when really the fever has us.

—- SENECA (4 B.C.–A.D. 65)

I also have in mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters.

—- HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817–1862)