“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour WorkweekThe 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of the titles that has been so consistently highly-praised that I had to take a look at it myself. My only regret is that I waited so long to do so.

Timothy Ferriss has been at the forefront of life hacking and body hacking, and his results have been mixed, but nonetheless impressive. This book is only one of the tales of his exploration into life hacking in such a fashion to enable him to do what he wanted, when he wanted, by hacking the system. It is definitely inspirational in that regard, but not everyone is capable of this success. One’s race, ethnicity, religion, region, and upbringing greatly influences the ability to succeed at this. I would not place Ferriss and myself in the same boat on ability to accomplish this life, just as I would not place Ferriss in the same boat as any of those living in the Flint water crisis.

That, perhaps, is the largest detractor from this title: these results are not ones that can be replicated for everyone. The system that Ferriss uses demands such a scenario: for every Ferrsis, there must be task rabbits and sales reps, call centers and janitors, etc., in order for the system to succeed.. Regardless, however, Ferriss’ advice is good and worth considering. How can I shave hours off my workweek? If my supervisor allowed, could I be paid based off performance instead of hours input? Could I telecommute? These are great ideas.

At the time of this review, I know the answers are a resounding “no” for me, but it doesn’t mean it will always be that way. Perhaps the best part about this book is that it has forced me to realize that my ideas are not just dreams – they are an achievable reality if I risk enough and push enough to find this success. The hardest challenge for me is that even though I am part of the Millennial generation, I do not have the same worldview or experiences as this generation, but rather the one just prior to it. Imagine, if you will, that Gen Y is a small group of individuals just prior to the onset of technology invading every part of our homes. I am not a native, being an immigrant, but one that embraces it nonetheless. Those values are hard to mesh with Ferriss’ notions, but something to drive me nonetheless.

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