Can you only work four hours per week as Tim Ferriss suggests? Can you totally cut back on the amount of time that you work so that you can have more fun?
I enjoyed the 4-Hour Workweek so much that I read it a few times. It’s one of my favorite books and it really changed the way that I think. I now view the work-life balance in a different light. I also totally changed my perspective on retirement.
The only problem with the book is the title itself.
The 4-Hour Workweek.
It’s very catchy and I know for a fact that it took hours of research to come up with that title. It’s also misleading. I don’t know a single person that actually has money and works less than four hours per week.
I was recently reading the following post:
Are Gen Y Millennials Screwing Themselves On Purpose? @ Financial Samurai.
This once again got me thinking about the concepts discussed in the 4-Hour Workweek and various lifestyle design blogs that I frequently read. I wanted to address one important question.
Is the idea of a 4-hour week possible? How can you make the 4-hour workweek possible? Let’s get into it…
You have to outsource literally everything. You have to outsource most of the following:
When working a few hours per week, you don’t have time to respond to emails or to stay in touch with anyone. That’s not for you. You have to enjoy your life.
When everything is outsourced, you don’t have to work that much yourself because you have others doing the work for you.
When you enjoy your work, it’s apparently not work. So if you enjoy writing and you write all of the time for your job, you’re not really working. You’re doing something that you enjoy. This isn’t tallied up with your total work time. This is like play time.
I sometimes skip nights out with friends to write. I justify this by telling myself that I’m not working. I’m doing something that I enjoy.
A brilliant and innovative idea can make you some good money and allow you to retire early.
The problem is that there are so few brilliant ideas out there. For every million dollar eBook, there’s dozens of failed launches like my own. For every Facebook, there are thousands of dudes trying to make it in the social media world.
You have to automate every process. You don’t do anything. There are tools that do all of the following for you:
The good news here is that tools that can automate the whole process are pretty cheap these days (e-junkie for example, when you want to sell an eBook).
Once all of these conditions are met, you can then work four hours per week while you rock climb in Thailand and go on Twitter to brag about how many emails you have.
I hope I wasn’t too facetious in this article. It’s possible to reduce your hours worked without killing your income. You just have to be realistic with your expectations.
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