Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, makes a good case that you can do it. Do I think you can? Sure, if you are willing to work hard enough and make bold moves.
My favorite quotes from the book:
"The perfect job is the one that takes the least time."
"Inactivity is not the goal. Doing that which excites you is."
"By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable".
"Make it more painful for the company to fire you than to grant raises and a remote working agreement."
"Develop the habit of nonfinishing that which is boring or unproductive if a boss isn't demanding it."
A new definition of success. Ferris' definition of success is having the time, energy, and money to do what you are passionate about. He tells a great story about a Harvard M.B.A. who meets a Mexican fisherman while on vacation. The fisherman is content with making enough money to live and having plenty of time to spend with his family and friends. The M.B.A. talks to him about how he could expand his operations and . . . one day retire to a Mexican fishing village. It's not about the money it's about having the life that is most fulfilling to you.
A new timetable for success. The idea is to create work arrangements or a business that gives you the money you need with the least amount of time invested by you. He encourages you to run your life like an entrepreneur with a penchant for outsourcing. Outsource everything! (Workers from India can be hired for $4-$15/hour to do many tasks). In addition, he gives great examples and strategies about how to create these arrangements and businesses. Do you want to work part or fulltime from home? He has the answers. Do you want to create a business that runs on autopilot? He has the answers. How soon can you do this? Next week? Probably not. Next year? Maybe. Within 5 years? Almost certainly.
Way above average. This is not your run-of-the-mill, rah-rah, self-help book. It's an eye-opening look at the possibility of crafting the life you want sooner rather than later. He goes deep enough that you can take this book and begin to implement his ideas. I highly recommend it.
Book Giveway Contest. I have one copy of the book to give away. To enter the contest, leave a comment with your personal definition of success. At the end of the week, I'll pick the best one and send them the book (anywhere in the USA).
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