The 4-Hour Work Week

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The 4-Hour Work Week
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Thu, 01-24-2008 - 3:15pm

By Tim Ferriss


Anyone read it?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 01-24-2008 - 4:36pm
Never heard of it. Can you give us a rundown? Does he advocate working minimally and snowboarding the rest of the time (Sounds like my younger cousin with a philosophy degree)? Or working minimally and volunteering to help mankind the rest of the time? Or something else?

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Thu, 01-24-2008 - 5:23pm
After reading some reviews on Amazon, it sounds like he's one step away from those Work From Home United moms that spam this board.

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Thu, 01-24-2008 - 5:33pm
Wow. I just went to Amazon to see what it was all about and the reviews and the MANY comments posted to those reviews are a like a message board unto themselves. After wading in a bit, I decided that this book benefits nobody but the author. The ideas float somewhere between unfeasable and scam.
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Thu, 01-24-2008 - 5:37pm
I waded into the reviews too and got the same impression. The reviews had generated so many comments that it was like one of our more heated subthreads. Usually the review section of Amazon only morphs into a heated message board when a book is really controversial. I guess people can't agree on whether he's a visionary or a scam artist. Nothing looks illegal as such, but I think the only person who's going to make any money because of this book is the author himself.
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Thu, 01-24-2008 - 6:09pm

I haven't read it but I would like to see him do all the alterations ( wedding gowns, bridesmaids, mother of the bride, flower girls, etc) on 26 weddings (the record so far) on one weekend on a 4-hour work week.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Thu, 01-24-2008 - 10:45pm
Ha!

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"I think Noonan is at least eight years too late when she laments that faith now trumps competence in GOP politics. It didn't seem to bother her much when a candidate she supported -- the catastrophically underqualified GWB -- was running and citing Jesus as his favorite political philosopher...It's like the old saying: When you lie down with dogs, you wake up with Hucka-fleas..."--Gator

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Fri, 01-25-2008 - 3:57am
I got that impression from his website in a millisecond, all huge exciting promises with absolutely no excerpts or substance about what might be n the book, because you have to BUY it.
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Fri, 01-25-2008 - 4:00pm

He advocates selling a product, never a service, so you can farm out most of the work overseas or to domestic drop ship companies.

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Fri, 01-25-2008 - 4:51pm
Just based on the rough outline of what he advocates, I think he sounds like a creep. I won't buy the book because I don't want him to get any money from me. I won't even check it out from the library because I don't want to give the librarian the impression that maybe she should try to get more copies ordered. His whole value system just horrifies me. I could go on, but won't. Because several hundered people at Amazon have turned the review section into a hearty debate thread which covers pretty much every objection I have to him. If you really want to get into some claws-out debating with no TOS violation pulls (unless you swear or make personal threats), that review section is the place to go to REALLY discuss this book. I give it one star. Not that I've read it.
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Fri, 01-25-2008 - 6:58pm

There's also the whole tone he takes toward the people who are working for him. Like they are inferior creatures who have to slave away for five bucks an hour while he does his thing.

My own philosophy of life involves things like maximizing one's enjoyment of the experience because as far as I know, you only get one time on the planet and you might as well make the most of it But not like he advocates.

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