The 4 hour work week is a great contribution to the area of time management and in many ways life and career management. I actually listened to this book when it was originally released back in mid 2007. It is a good fit for the audio book format since most self help books are easy listens. As owner of CreateTimeAudio one of our main interests is finding the time to do the things that you want to do and need to do in a world of multitasking and information overload. Timothy Ferris has captured many of the frustrations of living chained to working for others in a 9-5 lifestyle where your life is really not your own. He proposes a series of mini retirements, planning your dream lifestyle and outsourcing not only your work life but parts of your home life as well.
One of the criticisms of the 4 hour work week mainly revolve around the literal interpretation of the title. Does he show you how to get to that 4 hour work week? Yes but each persons goals will be different. What everyone views as their dream lifestyle is different. Timothy Ferris is 29 years old and has packed a wide range of experiences into his short life including entrepreneur, kickboxing, dancing and acting. In the book he shares his strategies to be able to afford these activities which he participates in all over the globe.
In some ways this audio book reminds me of Michael Gerber’s E-Myth books. Do you want to be self-employed or do you want to run a business? Outsourcing and streamlining processes related to your business will free up your time so that you can “work” on what you want to. Timothy Ferris also provides an approach to how these principles can be used for those working for others as well.
When doing an audio book review you need to look at the narrator as well as the book. Ray Porter does a good job of representing the author’s no nonsense writing style. Some may actually be put off by the dry wit and “barking” style but if you are serious about changing your life this a is a great audio book to listen to. It gives you an idea of what the “new rich” of this highly mobile world do and think and will provide frameworks to break out of the trap of the 9-5 mentality.
The 4 hour work week is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller and is highly recommended for anyone looking for strategies to save time and therefore create time. It is available for download through the link below, a sample is also available for your listening pleasure.