When I originally set out to read Timothy Ferriss’ book “The 4-Hour Workweek” I was highly skeptical. Like you, I thought there is no way anyone can cram 40 hours into 4 and call it productive. Yet, as I read on I discovered a very different way of thinking about workloads and workflows.
For the most part it dawned on me how our current model for working is extremely inefficient. So many of the things we do tend to have little or no purpose. In some cases they are, in fact, counterproductive. Nevertheless we engage in these activities because we feel powerless to change them or we feel we don’t have the authority to suggest otherwise.
The real idea I gathered from the book was in spending less time earning a living and more time living life. This struck home with me as many of my friends and I consistently sacrifice spending time with our families, our hobbies, and so on. Needless to say this all makes one feel disengaged and hopeless.
Three things to consider when reading this book;
- What would your life be like if you could spend more time with the ones you love and doing the things you love?
- What could you do different to gain leverage on the time you spend at work?
- How can you free yourself of the problematic time consuming people, tasks, and events robbing you of your time?
In my opinion you will never look at work the same way after reading this book. If anything you will begin to hunger for more control in how to manage your life. Perhaps your take away could give you hope for living a better life.
To give you an example, My friend DeQuarius Beverly described his story to me once on how he got started in his business. In short, he realized how trading hours for dollars was a losing proposition. He then began seeking ways to earn a better living to buy back his time. In the end he succeeded and overcame numerous challenges. He said if you are willing to work hard its there but you have to start and stay in the game if you want to win.
Without a doubt your time is one of the most compromised resources you have. Here is another way to think about it. What if you employer pays you only for four hours but gets you to think you should work forty for the same pay? Ok.. now I think you see what is really happening. In my mind its not the pay causing the problem but the value of your time being understated. Would you agree? Let me know your thoughts.
Read more on this topic in my book “How to Start a Millionaire Journey” Chapter 5: Leveraging the Job to Build Your Future.