The 4 Hour Work Week – Revisited… Again

I think I’m one of the largest fans of Timothy Ferris. But my life hasn’t changed yet. It’s been definitely over 10 years since I first read this book and was inspired to start “living” my life. I still haven’t done s#!t all.

It’s been ten or more years later since I read this book, but I still run these thoughts in my head and I want to fricken do something about it. I thought I’d be balling by now, but it feels as if there’s no difference between then and now except that I’m more sceptical, more tired and less hopeful.

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So, why am I revisiting this book? I want to do something and the last time I read this book I felt inspired to do something, so that’s what I’m hoping for. This is my cause for action and if I can link up with inspiration along the way then that’s blessed, so, let’s figure out what we can do about it.

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The 4-Hour Workweek

Timothy Ferris

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Step One: Definition

Clearly skipped this the first couple times and then multiple times subsequently because when you’re broke you just want to make money. And clearly I still feel the same way. But a lot of the stress that I currently have is all defined in this chapter. So it forces you to think of solutions to reduce your stress. The goals that stand out to me the most are:

  • “To distribute recovery periods and adventures (mini-retirements) throughout life on a regular basis and recognize that inactivity is not the goal. Doing that which excites you is
  • “To do all the things you want to do, and be all the things you want to be. If this includes some tools and gadgets, so be it, but they are either means to an end or bonuses, not the focus.”

Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss. “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Expanded and Updated.

The reason why I like these are because it makes you remember why you do it. He always mentions the “living dead” as people that make gwop but don’t enjoy life, or just do things like mind-numbing zombies. But I’m freaking there…. without the money. So if I’m already the worst thing that Tim can think of then I need to fix that. And these goals are good/mantras not even just for work, but for life as well.

So with that reminder set aside. What do we do to start planning our 4 hour workweek? Well we’ll need to figure out what we want, why we want it and then we’ll be able to figure out how to get it.

How To Define What You Want

Figure Out What You’re Scared About

  1. Define Your Nightmare. What’s the absolute worst thing that can happen to you if you did what you were thinking? How permanent are these impacts? What is the likelihood of this worst-case scenario happening?
  2. Imagine repairing the damage. How bad is it really? What would you do to get everything back in control?
  3. What are the outcomes or benefits, both temporary and permanent, of more probable scenarios?
  4. If you were fired from your job today, what would you do to get things under financial control?
  5. What are you putting off out of fear?
  6. What is it costing you—financially, emotionally, and physically—to postpone action?
  7. What are you waiting for?

Create Unrealistic Dreams

  1. What would you do if there were no way you could fail? If you were 10 times smarter than the rest of the world?
  2. What would you do, day to day, if you had $100 million in the bank?
  3. What would make you most excited to wake up in the morning to another day?
    • one place to visit
    • one thing to do before you die (a memory of a lifetime)
    • one thing to do daily
    • one thing to do weekly
    • one thing you’ve always wanted to learn
  4. Which dreams would be the one to change it all? Figure out the cost to get it done?

Timothy Ferris describes this super well in the 4-Hour Work Week, and he actually has more resources to determine your Dreamline Math. So I highly recommend buying the book or checking out his post here.

Step Two: Elimination

I’ve been bout this thought process for so long, but in reality, it’s actually a lot more difficult for me to execute in daily life. We’re engulfed in a society where we praise efficiency and I’ve been the largest subscriber to it. But as Tim points out;

“Efficiency is important, but it is useless unless applied to the right things.”

This was the first book of many that introduced me to Pareto’s principle, which just basically highlights that 80% of the output is usually a result of 20% of the inputs. It’s obviously a loose rule but taking this thought into practice has helped reduced stress significantly. It is a constant reminder for me to focus on being productive over just active.

“Doing something unimportant well does not make it important”

My key takeaway was to own more of my life. Be less scared to say no and basically turn things down so you can have more time for things that are more important. Truthfully right now I’m still having issues with turning things down but having written this article is another reminder that it’s something we should also revisit more often.

“Who is causing me stress disproportionate to the time I spend with them? What will happen if I simply stop interacting with these people? Fear-setting helps here.”

Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss. “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Expanded and Updated.

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