The realist in me is like, “No. Stop. We don’t really want that and this is completely unrealistic.”
I am always looking to better myself as an employee, entrepreneur, and leader. I love reading books like #Ladyboss and Lean In. I love off of Forbes and Inc Top Ten lists. So, I was very excited to receive The 4-Hour Workweek from Blogging For Books. I read The 4-Hour Body and loved it, so I hoped this would be no exception. Eh. It kind of was.
Going into it, I knew I wasn’t reading it with the intention of chopping down 90% of my workload. I’m a freak. I kind of love to work. Plus, in my line of business (public relations in the law enforcement sector), half of these options don’t really apply to me or most government employees.
I started to lose interest when I realized how different Ferriss and I are. I work in a people business—thus, I like to work with people. My favorite Ferriss tip is the Fake A Phone Call tip, where you where a Bluetooth headseat and pretend to be on the phone every time a Chatty Cathy stops by. Hey, it’s all in the name of being productive, right? Yeah. No, thanks.
The rest of the book is also quite egocentric. The sole purpose of the book is to learn how to work remotely from somewhere in the world (aka, traveling). Really, I think the secret sauce to Ferriss’s success is to write several popular life hacker books.
Side note: the cover. The kitschy orange/red and childish font does not match the contents.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a book about productivity and how to be a more efficient worker…look elsewhere. If you want a book that provides self-centered and sometimes immoral advice to working from home and earning more money, this is your ticket. I rated it a 2.5/5.
I received The 4-Hour Workweek for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.