When I discovered “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss I still had a corporate job, and the book became a revelation and the inspiration for me. It not only makes you review your approach to the job and the way you’re working. It gives you a blueprint on how you can change your life leaving your 9 to 5 job behind, creating a business to fund the lifestyle of your dreams.
The book also contains a lot of useful productivity tips that help you organize your work in the best possible. No matter if you’re still working at a regular job or running your own business the recommendations from “The 4-Hour Workweek” will help you to increase your productivity immensely.
Timothy Ferriss himself needs no introduction. He’s a classic example of a digital nomad and a successful entrepreneur or New Rich (the term he uses in the book). And it’s not money which makes him a New Rich, it’s the freedom to do what he loves, learn and travel. In his book, Timothy Ferriss describes how he removed himself from his own company and started living the life of his dream. So, let’s get a closer look at the content of this amazing book!
I’d point out a few most important things you can take out of “The 4-Hour Workweek” book.
1. Be effective
The author encourages us to use the Pareto principle to be as effective as possible. You probably know this famous 80/20 principle: 20% of the effort gets you 80% of the results. Now, Tim Ferriss suggests applying this principle in all the possible areas. Starting from your to-do list, your customers, advertising, friends, and commitments.
Doing something unimportant well does not make it important.
For example, which 20% of your customers deliver 80% of the profit, or which 20% of traffic channels perform the best, and focus your effort on them. Same applies to your personal life and relationships. Thinks relationships with which people fulfill you and make feel great, and focus on them avoiding poisonous or even neutral relationships.
2. Always Validate Your Business Idea
As “The 4-Hour Workweek” book teaches us how to start a side business and make it your main income stream, you’ll see a lot of pieces of business advice.
One of the most important of them is to validate your business idea before you put much effort, money and time into it. Before you go out and build any product or service, make sure people will give you money for it. It may sound obvious but many entrepreneurs do it the other way around.
You don’t know if your business idea will be a hit? So, go and ask people before you start working on it! Don’t ask them if they like the idea, ask them to buy what you offer and vote with their wallet. Only this is a true indicator that you’ll get sales after you launch it.
It makes more sense to quickly build a page for your product with ClickFunnel, for example, and check how your audience will react on it before you put effort into implementing all the aspects of your business idea.
3. “The 4-Hour Workweek” Productivity Blueprint
Tim Ferriss gives a lot of great and proven productivity tips that helped him to move away from the endless to-do list and work only 4 hours a week.
It starts with eliminating distractions and batching emails to as few concentrated sessions per day as possible. You won’t believe how much time you’ll free up if you follow only those recommendations. You’ll get more things done that are really important and valuable for your business.
The author emphasizes often enough the importance of outsourcing and delegation of the tasks. Don’t handle problems your outsourcers or co-workers can. You may even consider hiring a Virtual Assistant who will undertake a significant amount of your unimportant tasks.
All the recurring tasks that don’t require your or your team members’ attention, should be automated. You should never delegate tasks that can be put on autopilot. If you want to learn how to automate almost all administrative tasks possible in your business, check out our Business Automation course. You’ll learn how to easily free up 30+ hours monthly simply automating your recurring tasks.
Those are only highlights of what Tim Ferriss shares in “The 4-Hour Workweek”. You’ll take something valuable out of it even if you’re not planning to start your own business. Tim Ferriss devotes a significant part of the book explaining how you can detach yourself from your 9 to 5 job, still being productive and complete all the duties but have more freedom.
Therefore, “The 4-Hour Work Week” will be useful for everyone. Doesn’t matter if you want to gain more freedom even working at a regular job, become more productive or start a side hustle, you’ll find precious pieces of advice in this book. That said if you haven’t read this great book yet, grab your copy and do it!
Did you have a chance to read “The 4-Hour Work Week”? Did you act on the recommendations of Timothy Ferriss?