The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Workweek

By Tim Ferriss

If you’ve picked up this book, chances are that you don’t want to sit behind a desk until you are 62. Whether your dream is escaping the rat(rat) race(rās), real-life fantasy travel, long-term wandering, setting world records, or simply a dramatic(drəˈmadik) career(kəˈrir) change, this book will give you all the tools you need to make it a reality in the here-and-now instead of in the often elusive(ēˈlo͞osiv) “retirement(rəˈtī(ə)rmənt).” There is a way to get the rewards for a life of hard work without waiting until the end.

How? It begins with a simple distinction most people miss—one I missed for 25 years.

People don’t want to be millionaires(ˌmilyəˈner)—they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy. Ski(skē) chalets(SHaˈlā), butlers(ˈbətlər), and exotic(iɡˈzädik) travel often enter the picture. Perhaps rubbing(ˈrəbiNG) cocoa(ˈkōkō) butter on your belly(ˈbelē) in a hammock(ˈhamək) while you listen to waves rhythmically(ˈriT͟Hmik(ə)lē) lapping against the deck of your thatched(THaCHt)-roof bungalow(ˈbəNGɡəˌlō)? Sounds nice.

$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly(səˈpōzədlē) allows. The question is then, How can one achieve the millionaire(ˌmilyəˈner) lifestyle of complete freedom without first having $1,000,000?

In the last five years, I have answered this question for myself, and this book will answer it for you. I will show you exactly how I have separated income from time and created my ideal lifestyle in the process, traveling the world and enjoying the best this planet(ˈplanət) has to offer. How on earth did I go from 14-hour days and $40,000 per year to 4-hour weeks and $40,000-plus per month?