Success: Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Workweek


Success in your ears! We look at the audio books that can help you reach your dreams.

Audio books are perfect way of educating yourself further in the world of business – while you are cycling through the park, jogging on a treadmill or settling into bed at night, coaches are giving you their expert advice.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Men’s Journal called it: “The most surprising self-help hit of the decade.” And according to Phil Town of The New York Times it is: “Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life, it’s all here. Whether you’re a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this book will change your life!”

High praise indeed, but what’s it all about and how will it help me on the road to success. Well, it’s all about a phenomenon. Giving it its full title, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich is the work of Timothy Ferriss, an American writer, educational activist, and entrepreneur. The  self-help book has spent more than four years on The New York Times Best Seller List, has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than 1,350,000 copies worldwide. It is a very snappy title – is there a worker out there who could resist it.

It focuses on what Ferriss refers to as “lifestyle design”. He sets out to debunk the traditional “deferred life plan” myth, which sees us work grueling hours and take few vacations and save money in order to relax after retirement. In short, he wants it all, and he wants it now. Although the book has had its detractors – USA Today: “If it all sounds too good to be true, maybe it is.” – it has clearly struck a chord with many people in the same position as Ferriss was before he took a three-week sabbatical in Europe and dramatically cut back his time on email and outsourced small, daily tasks to ‘virtual assistants’. His personal escape from a workaholic lifestyle was the genesis of the book.

For the four main pillars of his book, Ferriss uses the acronym ‘DEAL’: Definition, Elimination, Automation and Liberation. Through these powerful four notions, he builds the route to a very different lifestyle – without making you stumble on your road to success. One of the good things about his approach is that, if you have doubts about what he is claiming, you can simply head for his website and download the first 50 pages to see if it’s your cup of tea or not.

You can download both these books on Amazon or via iTunes.