The 4-Hour Workweek
A review of

The 4-Hour Workweek

Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Timothy FerrissCrown • 2007

Sheer Daring

by David Meyer

In his wonderful, compelling and disturbing debut, cultural phenomenon and magazine writer Tim Ferriss writes like an adolescent genius. His hypnotic tone, originality and rigor grab you from start. His sheer daring is manifest in his subtitle: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.

Readers often group Ferriss’s work with time-management or dream-fulfillment books. Like those, he starts by urging you to define what you really want. Yet, unlike most works in that genre, he offers specific definitions of aspirational terms like “new rich” and pushes you to engage in highly focused “lifestyle design.” He provides tools, like “dreamlining,” to help you ground your dreams in reality. Ferriss knocks your thinking so far outside the box you won’t remember where the box was, let alone why you ever lived in it.

Yet, even as you marvel at the likely effectiveness of his pioneering techniques, you may also think, “Look at the nerve of this guy!” That nerve emerges in the pure hubris of Ferriss’s writing voice. His work is inspiring, but self-enclosed. His irrepressible optimism and confidence should give you self-confidence, but it will mostly build your confidence in him. After reading about his successes, whether you think, “I can do this,” you’ll probably think, “Tim Ferriss can do anything!”

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    C. d. 2 years ago
    Are you still waiting for authorization to publish the summary? It has passed 3 years.
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    S. P. 5 years ago
    Don't wait for the summary, go out and buy this book, you won't be sorry!
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    L. L. 5 years ago
    This isn't a summary!
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      5 years ago
      Hello Luis, thank you for your comment. You are absolutely correct: this is not a summary but rather our review of the book as noted as we are still awaiting copyright approval to summarize the book.