The DV Weekend Pickup #15

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

What I like best: Tim Ferriss is a human guineas pig and quite possibly the most interesting man in the world, ha. New York Times has been cited as calling him a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk - hmm. It's also worth noting that Ferriss believes highly in the 80/20 principle, which happens to be a groundupSALES stalwart! This book has done extremely well since it's release in 2007 with over 1.3 million copies sold. Interestingly it was denied by 27 publishers making it a great example of perseverance - oops, missed that one. Ferriss also hosts the # 1 iTunes business podcast The Tim Ferriss Experience which as of 2015 had over 70 million downloads - yup, you read that right. 

Anyway, back to the book. Ferriss uses a 4 step process to free your life from the norm. If you've got the guts, give it go, the process is laid out well in the book, but if not that's okay too. Either way it's an extremely enjoyable read. He takes you step by step on how he went from $40,000 a year in a 9-5 to $40,000+ a month with a sports nutrition start up. He puts a high focus on being productive rather than simply busy. He contends all you need to do is DEAL - Define, Eliminate, Automate, and Liberate. He gets granular with his methods. Ferriss is a real wealth of knowledge if your willing to let your mind consider possibilities outside your normal thought patterns. Sure, 4 hours seems like a farce and it probably is BUT that's okay it's the ideas that matter, they're invaluable. 

Best quote: "What we fear doing most is usually what we need to do...people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty."