How The 4-Hour Workweek By Tim Ferriss Changed My Life


I love Tim Ferriss. His book called The 4-Hour Workweek changed my life. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. I still remember the feeling I had when I was reading the book for the first time because it was one of those rare books that I could not stop reading. It felt like I had finally got permission to be “lazy,” and I realized that there are people who do things very differently. For some time, I have been thinking about how almost everyone has the lifestyle that most people have. I couldn’t believe how almost they have taken the same route: spending 4-6 years on education just to get an entry-level job position, and then putting many years of hard work and sacrifices to be promoted to a situation which can take even more of your time just to keep up with the demands of the rat race. I have always wondered where that amount of hard work would get these people to if they would be ready to do it for themselves instead of their employers.

My Issues

I have had a bad conscience because I don’t like to work just for the sake of work. I was shocked when I got my first labor job as a student. Is this really what almost everyone does daily for the rest of their lives until they’re 65 and get to retire? I thought that I was just lazy because I had a different mindset, but after reading The 4-Hour Workweek, I knew that there was a way to do things differently. I don’t know about you, but I get excited about the possibility to free my time for the stuff that I enjoy. You don’t need to slave away to retire, exhausted, in your mid-60s, and only start living your life the way you want it to be after that. Alex Lickerman M.D. says that, “Opening our minds to a new thing or a new way of thinking is often frightening because by definition it’s unfamiliar.” He adds, “But if you think about it, most of the things we fear don’t actually come to pass.”


How The Book Changed My Perspective

In his book, Tim redefines it all. The rules are entirely changed, and you get to see that there are opportunities around every corner that you just haven’t allowed yourself to see earlier. “All psychological growth involves progressively more sophisticated separations from our previous point of view,” Tina Gilbertson, LPC explains. When the rules are broken, you understand that you don’t have to trade your time for money and that the income potential is more significant compared to working for someone else. You have the decisive push to challenge yourself once in a while because you realize that it’s the only way for you to grow. Afterward, you will finally see how much time you have wasted on watching TV, reading newspapers, and surfing useless internet pages to fill your brain with all the negativity and the latest scandals.

Final Thoughts

So, where am I heading with all of this? I guess the message I want to convey here is that people should understand that the internet does give everyone a chance to do what he or she is passionate about and make a living by doing so. It is the medium of the 21st century, and it provides a vast network and market for people to pass on information to each other. In my opinion, nothing is better than spending your time on something you love. “Discovering what you love most is an adventure in itself,” Susan Biali Haas M.D. wrote. Some people who stick with the old mindset do not realize that, with the help of technology, you can connect with others and help make a difference in their lives.


Ask yourself, “What am I passionate about?”

It is a lot more accessible than you may have imagined.