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Success Books Series Summary- "The 4-hour Workweek":Part-I

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (2007) is a self-help book by Timothy Ferriss, an American writer, educational activist, and entrepreneur.

" The 4 - Hour Workweek " is as much a guidebook to " lifestyle design " as it is a motivational book. In 291 pages, Timothy Ferriss turns the corporate world on its head, challenging every aspect of the lifestyle we take for granted. And he does it with a sense of fun that practically radiates from the pages.
 Aside from a catchy title, The 4 - Hour Workweek is truly a roadmap to a different life. With clear, systematic programs and logic, Ferriss strives to open his readers ' eyes to the potential for " something more ".
 Why work your whole life for the carrot of retirement? Why follow the standard 9-5 schedule because it's “ just the way things are done "? Without being an anarchist, Ferriss challenges all our social norms and makes us aware of the fact that there is another way to live. He shows how to remove (in 48 hours!) the arsenal of time wasters and procrastination tools we've spent our adult lives accumulating. Without being mean about it, he strips away all the reasons and justifications we've created to avoid living the lives of our dreams. And he does it with the confidence that comes from experience. He's truly a remarkable guy. He's an accomplished individual; one who has discovered a clear path to running a successful business, while working no more than 4 hours per week. Ferriss breaks his book into four distinct sections; Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation (DEAL). In other words, Understand what you want from life (Define), eliminate all the unnecessary clutter from your current routine (Eliminate), outsource and automate the rest (Automate), then cut the shackles and live the life that's waiting for you (Liberate).

Live YOUR life.

Ferriss is an adventurer, no question. He's not content to stay in one place for an extended period of time, and if he's not learning a new language, a new martial art form or becoming world champion of something, he's bored. The important point to note though is that the ideals and strategies taught in his book are by no means limited to the adrenaline (fitness) seekers of the world. Ferriss ' whole mandate is to live the life that you want to live in. Now. Not when you retire, not during your two weeks of vacation a year, but now, and all the time. The first step is defining what that life would look like. It's important to do this so you know what it is your working towards. In order to create your ideal lifestyle now, you will be required to challenge your fears and hesitations in changing your habits. Having a clearly defined reason for doing so makes that considerably easier.
Ferriss has 40 pages dedicated to helping you define your goals, short term and long. For our time-stressed world though, the most fascinating and potentially life-altering section of Ferriss's book is Elimination. Focus on being Productive, rather than Busy. (Embrace the 80/20 Rule)

As a first tangible step at cutting down to a 4 hour work week, Ferriss encourages us to look at our daily lives with a critical eye. How much of your workday is spent doing things strictly for the sake of doing rather than accomplishing? How many times a day do you check your email, and to what end? How much time is spent in idle chats with co-workers rather than accomplishing your set tasks? Many of you have no doubt heard of Pareto's Principle; otherwise known as the 80/20 rule – the rule that 80 % of the wealth is possessed by 20 % of the world. 80 % of the work is done by 20 % of the people. It goes on and on. In most situations, the 80/20 rule holds true. The office is no different. 80 % of the tasks you spend your time on only accomplish 20 % of your goal. Conversely, 20 % of your tasks account for 80 % of your results. In his book The 4 - Hour Workweek, Ferriss teaches us how to identify and eliminate the 80 % that wastes our time. With this, we come to an end of the 1st part of the book " The Four Hour Work ”.

See you for part 2. link is given below.