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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.

This book is very practical. It has plenty of great ideas and hacks. Tim talks a lot about the Pareto law, which states that 20 percent of things is responsible for 80 percent of results. So this is what we did with this book (kind of). We selected 50 percent of the best ideas, which will be responsible for 90 percent of your success.

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. Don’t follow models that don’t work.

2. Distribute “mini-retirements” throughout your life.

3. Do less meaningless work and save more time.

4. The timing is never right; don’t wait for perfect conditions.

5. Ask for forgiveness, not permission.

6. Work on your strengths, not weaknesses.


7. Distress is bad, eustress is good.


8. Make difficult decisions using this simple technique.

9. Follow what excites you.


10. Comfort challenge: learn to eye gaze.


11. Focus on being effective rather than efficient.

12. Use the pareto law (80/20) in every area of life.

13. Don’t invent things to do in order to avoid the important.

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. Delegate everything you can.

Business Skills

17. Design an income on autopilot.

18. Become an expert within four weeks.

Life Management

19. Plan your mini-retirements.

20. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

21. Don’t make these common mistakes.