The 4-Hour Workweek (Expanded!)

My dad has been wanting to read the 4-Hour Workweek for months.  We couldn’t find it at the library, and I kept forgetting to just order for him on Amazon.  Imagine how excited I was to see it available for review!  And my dad was thrilled!  So now we have our own copy.  And not just our own copy, a brand new, updated, revised edition.  Could it get better?

How would you like to double your salary and cut your working hours by more than half?  Instead of a 40 hour week, you work a 4 hour week?  Tim Ferriss outlines how he went from 40,000 a year to 40,000 a week.  Using well written, conversational style, Ferriss walks you through all his information, thoughts and tips for how he did what he did.

You will be encouraged and challenged as you make your way through this book.  I’m planning to read it at least 2-3 times this year.  He guides you through the DEAL – Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation.  I especially enjoyed his thoughts on time management, that was really stuff I needed to hear!  And his chapters on virtual assistants were a close second for me. Not because I want to hire a VA, but because I want to become one.  So it helped to see it from the other side, what he is looking for in a VA.

As Ferriss says, “a lot has changed since 2007”, so this edition has information on controlling and utilizing email, technology, and social media.

One Note: There is some mild language that I was unhappy to see.  Just as a side note.  It’s hardly worth mentioning, but it stood out to me and I wanted to point it out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.


The Power of a Half Hour

“Turn your fleeting minutes into defining moments”

I looked forward to receiving this book with great anticipation.  I love motivational books, and have a weakness for tips on how to “maximize your time”.  I don’t know why, I just love collecting and processing information on that kind of stuff.   But, I have to admit, this book was a slight disappointment.

Focussing on how to manage your downtime from the bottom up, this book divides our time into 30 minute increments.  What can  you do with those 30 minutes?  Memorize scripture?  Walk with your wife?  Watch TV?  Check Facebook?  The obvious answer is that when we control our time, even in the smallest amounts, it will turn our world around.  This will, ultimately, affect all our work and relationships.

My problem with this book was how shallow and trite it came across.  There was so much space to dive deep and explore here, but we were left with a very quick, basic chapter.  Even his relationship with God came across as cheap and shallow.  I don’t know, just the feeling I got from the book made me unhappy.

Rating 2 out of 5 stars.