Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated -- 4 reasons it's better

In 2007 Tim Ferriss published a book, originally called Drug Dealing for Fun and Profit, that no publisher would touch. At the insistence of the eventual publisher, he changed the title to The 4-Hour Workweek. in doing so he kicked off a movement that landed his how-to manual for escaping the 9-5, living anywhere and joining the New Rich on the NY Times Bestseller list.The book, which detailed Ferriss' journey from working long days at an unrewarding job to automating his income and joining a growing collection of individuals Tim calls the New Rich sounds very much like a late night infomercial promising you the ability to get rich in no-money-down real estate deals. But I can assure you it's anything but a get-rich-quick scheme. If you still doubt that after reading this review of The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated Edition, then I suggest you go to your local bookstore and read the first chapter, titled "FAQ --Doubters Read This" to set the record straight.

The Expanded and Updated edition adds more than 100 pages to The 4 Hour Workweek (4HWW) to help you complete Ferriss' 4 steps toward escaping a 9-5 job that rewards the appearance of being busy. The entire program can still be broken down into one word - DEAL. These four steps; Definition, Elimination, Automation and finally Liberation are as important to adopting Tim's "luxury lifestyle design" as they were when the original version was published, but thanks to the addition of four things the updated 4 Hour Workweek is significantly better.

What makes The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated Edition better than the original?
  • Case studies and tips -- make it easier to see how others applied the 4HWW to their life.
  • More details on how Tim tested and launched his business -- making it easier for readers to duplicate.
  • Updated tools -- 2 years can bring big changes online and the new version includes updated tools to help you with each of the DEAL steps.
  • Strategy is more applicable to anyone with a spouse or children than the original book.
These four additions to the The 4-Hour Workweek make it easier to follow the steps laid out in the book. And while there are still some ideas, challenges and plans that are a bit "out there" for me, the updated version is ultimately a better book.

Even if you aren't yet looking to leave the 9-5 world, the 4HWW includes the following information that will improve your finances and free-time.
  • Script for arranging a remote-work arrangement.
  • Detailed information on finding a muse to automate your earnings.
  • How to outsource the annoying parts of your life or job.
  • Templates to streamline your life and negotiate with your boss for better pay and benefits.
You'll also find many great pieces of advice on building confidence, working with others and negotiating; all important skills to have. In addition to these specifics, the case studies make it much easier to visualize how others are putting the advice to use and get your creative juices flowing. In fact, the hardest part about reading The 4-Hour Workweek was reading straight through without stopping to think about how I could do that or what my muse is; that and cursing the fact that I didn't think of launching a niche product before one of the case study families.

In all, the expanded and updated edition is a great read. If you are looking for a book to inspire your New Year's resolutions, then The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated Edition is it! If you buy the book before Dec. 22nd, you can participate in a live, two-hour, Q&A session with Ferriss about the 4 Hour Workweek book and lifestyle.

My final bit of advice; skip the audio book. Even though the same information is in the audiobook, and you can download many of the templates and images online, I found that seeing the diagrams while I read the information was more helpful than looking them up later.
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