February 3, 2011, 6:00 am

Crush It! vs The 4-Hour Workweek– The Main Differences

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Crush It! vs 4-Hour Workweek

Mike mentioned yesterday how he recently read Crush It! (Gary Vaynerchuk) and The 4-Hour Workweek (Tim Ferriss) in the same vacation. Mike recommends you read both in the same afternoon. I doubt I could pull this off because I make extensive notes whenever I read a book. However, his post yesterday got me thinking about both titles and I ended up reviewing my notes on both books.

For those of you that are undecided on either book, allow me to show you the main differences between Crush It! and The 4-Hour Workweek:

Passion about work.

On the second page of Crush It!, Vaynerchuk mentions how he goes by three rules in life: “love your family, work superhard, and live your passion.” This tends to be the overall theme of the book. Passion is the message when it comes to work, family, and life in general.

The 4-Hour Workweek treats work more as a source of income so that you can create your ultimate lifestyle. Ferriss is passionate about other areas of his life and in the book he basically mentions money as a tool for lifestyle design.

Time spent on work.

Crush It! promotes how you’re going to have to work longs hours with late nights (he mentions 3 am), and early mornings as you try to start your side business. One of the main suggestions in the book is that you should be ready to hustle harder than ever. The philosophy of working hard is summarized best with this sentence; “someone with less passion and talent and poorer talent can totally beat you if they’re willing to work harder and longer than you are.” It was kind of weird to see this at first since most entrepreneurship books talk about “passive income” and “being your own boss.” This was a nice slap of reality because creating your own personal brand, blog, or business is not meant to be passive whatsoever at the beginning. Maybe eventually you can begin to outsource work.

The thoughts of the 4-Hour Workweek on time spent on work are pretty self-explanatory. Ferriss suggests that you spend as little time as possible on actual work. I’m really not sure what he defines as “work” because it seems like he works pretty hard. The book even comes with examples of proposals to work remotely with your current job. It’s a definite must-read for anyone that wants to escape their long and dreadful 12 hour shifts.


Vaynerchuk takes pride in his obsession with legacy by doing his best to respond to every single tweet, email, or comment. Ferriss on the other hand takes pride in having all of his email done by a VA and only checking in for a little bit of time every Monday. I personally enjoy getting in touch with readers, but I imagine staying on top of clients/business associates can get pretty annoying.


I’m not sure that Vaynerchuk ever takes time off for himself. The 4-Hour Workweek is mostly all about mini-retirements and taking time for yourself. Ferriss goes into detail on the whole concept of ditching the deferred life plan and living in the moment. He encourages that you take many mini-retirements throughout your life time as opposed to waiting until you’re 65 to hang it up. The book also details the whole process of planning a mini-retirement and travels around the world. I’m planning on using it as my guideline when I do some long term travel later this year.


The 4-Hour Workweek is excellent for those of you that want step-by-step tips for building a sustainable source of passive income while you travel. The book outlines exactly how you can find a profitable “muse” (income generating tool), manufacture it, market it, and make money off it.

Crush It! on the other hand provides the reader with a monetization strategy, but no really detailed tactics.

How does Crush It! suggest you monetize a blog/online business?

  • Advertising.
  • Speaking engagements.
  • Affiliate programs.
  • Retail.
  • Articles.
  • Seminars.
  • Books/tv.
  • Consulting.

These are all viable strategies that are worth looking into for anyone looking to earn a living from their blog. At the end of the day I would recommend both books to anyone that’s into entrepreneurship and making money off passions.

Now I’m just curious: Did you notice any other major differences/different messages between both titles? Have you read either of the books?

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Great comparison – I totally need to pick up both books. I’m with you, I tend to take notes and write in whatever I am reading. I was a little sad when I saw part of your post though. I think I am being beaten by someone with way less talent that just seems to be putting in more time than I am. It’s not that I am not putting a lot of time or enough of it..or even that I am not hustling hard enough. I really care about being a quality option so my turnover might be a little slower and my approach more holistic. I think I’m also a bit more modest which means I’m not self inflating all over the internet – like my psudo competitor..which maybe I should be?! Ah well at the end of the day I know that http://www.financiallydigital.com will be ok because we do a few things very well and don’t try to do everything all half-hearted.

by: The Financial Blogger | February 3rd, 2011 (10:42 am)

This is what I like about reading those 2 books in a short period of time ; the huge contrast between the 2!

while they are at the end of 2 extreme, reading the 2 books will help anyone to create a balance model to make more money… maybe I should write a book about this 😉

by: Biren Shah | February 3rd, 2011 (1:04 pm)

I think the biggest differrence doesn’t lie in the work vs not work, but rather the goal. Time Ferris puts forth the idea that you can create a life where you have the free time to pursue your passions–without those the crazy 3am nights and early mornings. You can use that time for whatever you want–travel, time with family, or pursuing some time-consuming work passion like a blog (where you might well need to spend the hours Vaynerchuck talks about otherwise). This kind of free time is a huge competitive advantage when trying to create high quality content.

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