The 4 hour workweek is a book written by the author Timothy Ferriss, a writer and entrepreneur in America. That said, from what he has written he is likely to work more than 4 hours a week because he is that motivated by what he does.

Apparently he came up with the title through the use of copywriting testing to obtain the best possible title. Its original name was something that would have been far more controversial.

Reading the book is unlikely to give you any sure fire way to lead the life that is anything that is insinuated by the title, cover page, or the possible hype around it. He had to work quite a bit learning the ropes of his first business. Without that school of hard knocks experience it is going to be more than tough to start up a business that is anywhere in the league of obtaining a 4 hour per week investment for most people.

There are some useful parts about outsourcing, although he does seem to have quite the preference for Bangalore in India the truth is there are many countries out there offering outsourcing. China is a pretty good example. Sometimes you can even outsource right back into your backyard, as there are plenty of Americans who are enjoying the freelance work from home lifestyle. They come at an affordable rate and some high profile magazine writers have been known to outsource research work to outsourcing sites.

It makes it look too easy though, when being an entrepreneur is much more of a leap of faith. Being a business owner involves eating apprehension a few times a day. It takes an active effort to improve oneself.

Ultimately, no matter what you do, you need to reconcile your working life with the activities you enjoy. Timothy Ferriss' life is not for everyone. For the work you really have an interest in and a passion, it is no longer work at all. Even if one spends more than 4 hours a week doing something one loves, it really isn't work at all. Then again, you would need some income streams to maintain a certain quality of doing what one wants. Even if you're doing something fun, odds are you have to end up doing things like filing tax returns or doing your accounts.

As Tim Feriss puts it, it invites you to take a long hard look at your life. He has an example on his site.

  • Question: What did you spend your last $400 on?
  • $250 USD: Five days on a private Smithsonian tropical research island with three local fishermen who caught and cooked all my food and also took me on tours of the best hidden dive spots in Panamá.
  • $150 USD: Chartered a plane in Mendoza wine country in Argentina and flew over the most beautiful vineyards and snow-capped Andes with a private pilot and personal guide.

And he ends it encouraging you to think in different terms, which you should!

Perhaps the most important part of his lifestyle design is that it allows you to dream again, like Inception.