The 4 Hour Workweek
Warning: Do not read this book unless you want to quit your job.
So here we are, book 4 of 5. Amazing that I have a day left and only one book left. Plus today I am having lunch with my Pa, picking up my cousins from school and playing with them for 2 hours and going to hang with my sister after work. Plus I am making a video of my hometown for all my readers with words from my family members. Watch for the video soon. This project that I did for myself has been really fun and educational. This book by far was one that was informative and beneficial for me. It is more factual and not as inspiring as the previous books but VERY motivating. Almost there…
The 4 Hour Workweek-Timothy Ferriss
I enjoyed reading this book because of the point that I am in life. It is very encouraging and I would recommend to read it to anyone that wants to change their way of working.
What I had to laugh about was where he had a paper due for school in 24 hours and it was 25% of his grade. He went and asked the teacher for an extension and the teacher said no. After 24 hours he completed the paper and got an A. I can relate. What it proves is that sometimes we turn molehills into mountains and if we are under pressure, we get so much done. This book gives tips on how to cut out wasted time in your life and get more done in a short time.
There was one part of the book that sums it up to me. Sometimes we work so hard to reach a goal that we could have a long time ago if we had evaluated our goals in life.
An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal Mexican village on doctor’s orders. Unable to sleep after an urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked out to the pier to clear his head. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked, and inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.
“How long did it take you to catch them?” the American asked.
“Only a little while,” the Mexican replied in surprisingly good English.
“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” the American then asked.
“I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends,” the Mexican said as he unloaded them into a basket.
“But… What do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican looked up and smiled. “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Julia, and stroll into the village each evening, where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.”
The American laughed and stood tall. “Sir, I’m a Harvard M.B.A. and can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. In no time, you could buy several boats with the increased haul. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”
He continued, “Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village, of course, and move to Mexico City, then to Los Angeles, and eventually to New York City, where you could run your expanded enterprise with proper management.
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, senor, how long will all this take?”
To which the American replied, “15-20 years, 25 tops.”
“But what then, senor?”
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.”
“Millions senor? Then what?”
“Then you would retire and move to a small coastal fishing village, where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll in to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.” (Page 230)
In the book was a quote from Steve Jobs so I found the speech that it came from. It is 15 minutes and very inspiring so take the time to watch it.
“It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”-Steve Jobs
At the end of the book, Timothy lists a ton of web resources. The other thing he lists is 4 books he lists as the fundamental four which lists tons of books to read. So I now have 12 new books added to my book club which I will read and post about over the next 6 months as part of my bucket list. I tell you this because I am setting goals and will be held accountable by all of you.