Review | The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5

Sat May 02 2015

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Introduction

I recently read a book with the title “The 4-Hour Workweek. Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich”. There is a lot of craze over this book and would like to share my thoughts on it.

Short Description

This book basically covers ways to automate processes in your life and your business. It also emphasizes the importance to clearly set goals, eliminate the noise and that you can do less with more. It goes over the 80/20 principle and that you can let go of most of your customers and focus only on what works.

The Good

I believe one of the positives of this read is that it definitely makes you rethink how your life is set, where you are, where do you want to go and what annoyances keep you unproductive. Also, it challenges the status quo, what is possible and how to find ways to do more with less.

The Bad

I believe that true success comes after years of very hard work, calculated and correct choices on ones career and the way his life is set. Friends and an environment that is motivated, optimistic and offers the chance for one to stand back up after numerous times of falling down. To my mind the book didn’t convey this and I think it is cynical to think that you an avoid all the pain for the gain.

Conclusion

I enjoyed this book as it made me rethink parts of my life and business day that are draining time and energy. Also, some base principles are concrete and retested. I’m although wary of the craze of working little and gaining a lot in return as I believe this does eventually come after many years and failures and once you excel in the career path or science/technique you’ve chosen. It is true that some things work more and others and that you can create habits, friends and the environment to make that path faster but whoever tries to create something new, bust his bubble and comfort zone or excel has to be prepared for pain, uneasiness and sometimes insecurity and uncertainty before having the luxury of making more choices and having more freedom.