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The 4-Hour Workweek

by Timothy Ferriss


Tim Ferriss has a very original personality, in that he tries to hack everything in life. He finds holes in rules and achieves what he wants in quite an unconventional way. The main message from his book The 4-Hour Work Week is to use your time wisely and invest only in the most important things. Your time is your biggest asset, and you don’t have to always exchange it for money.

About the Author

Timothy Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He has written a number of self-help books on the "4-hour" theme, some of which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, starting with The 4-Hour Workweek. Ferriss is also an angel investor and an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, and Uber, among other companies.

Great ideas from this book


1. Challenge the status quo.


2. Focus on being productive instead of busy.


3. The timing is never right; just do it.


4. Use Pareto’s Law in every area of life.


5. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.

6. Work on your strengths, not weaknesses.


7. Use healthy stress to your advantage.


8. Make difficult decisions using this simple technique.

9. Follow what excites you.


10. Challenge your comfort zones in order to increase your confidence.


11. Focus on being effective rather than efficient.

12. Reduce your working time.

13. Improve productivity by doing what’s truly important.

Time Management

14. Go on a low-information diet. Stop reading the news; you don’t need it.

15. Eliminate all time wasters and time consumers.


16. Batch all similar tasks and do them at once.

Task Delegation

17. Hire a virtual assistant and delegate everything that can be delegated.

Business Skills

18. Create passive income to liberate yourself.

19. Become an expert within four weeks in the industry in which you create a product.

Life Management

20. Plan your mini-retirements.