The 4-hour workweek – a PhD student’s review

book "The 4 hour workweek" in German, lying on a desk wit other stuff
German version of the 4-Hour Workweek: Post-its indicate stuff I have to read again

The book “The 4-hour workweek” written by Timothy Ferris is a classic when it comes to achieving freedom to do what you want to do.

What’s the book about?

The book is about finding a muse business that allows you to spend your time with fulfilling activities. Timothy Ferris describes possible steps to build such a business which pays off enough so you only spend four hours per week with inconvenient work. It is subdivided into four parts, i.e.

  1. Where do you want to be? (Definition)
  2. What’s not only unnecessary, but hindering on the way there? (Elimination)
  3. What can be done by computers and machines? (Automation)
  4. How to leave behind the old life? (Liberation)

Each part describes one step, ideally taken in this order. For example, every task you do not eliminate (part 2) will cost you time or money when you have to automate it (part 3).

Why is it worth reading?

In addition to the contents described above, the big advantage of this book is that it includes exercises and challenges for personal development. Thus it guides the reader on the way to become the kind of person, which is able to live by his own standards. In the progress of reading, the focus steadily shifts towards special techniques or software solutions which you might find helpful for your 4-hour business.

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