Tim Ferriss shares the key concepts of The 4-Hour Work Week

Do you you have control in your career? What kinds of choices do think you have? This week’s podcast is with New York Times best-selling author Timothy Ferriss. His book, The 4-Hour Work Week, has been a huge success (as has his new book, The 4-Hour Body). He shares his insight on how to define your own career path and live a balanced and successful life. Tim lays out in a very clear and practical way, some of the major workplace myths. The essence of the book is to distribute success and retirement throughout your life. I call this the “freedom now” plan.

Tim brought up some very interesting points from his book in our discussion. We need to determine what our personal definition of success is. This is the starting point. There are many preset definitions of success in our world. It is very important to clearly come up with your own definition. He shared that you need to look differently at how we view the 3 fundamentals building blocks of work.

 

Salary: We often talk range; however, think about this in a different way. How much would you need to support the lifestyle you want? One of my clients is an emergency room physician. She would figure out how much she wanted to make each month and book that amount of shifts. Get clear about how much money you need each month to sustain your lifestyle. Money is a renewable resource. You have choices.

 

Time: How many hours per week do you really want to be working? One client took a new job with less responsibility. He traded time for money. Time is a nonrenewable resource. You have choices.

 

Mobility: Where and how do you want to work? A client chose to move from Canada to the UK and is working from her home office. With the cost of technology and the nature of work in general, more employers are encouraging work from home. You have choices.

 

As Tim shared “Many of the old frameworks are radically shifting in our world. From how you are paid, where you work, to the removal of lifetime employment and pension plans.” Take the time to define what you want and take steps towards this. It doesn’t have to happen overnight, but it will never happen unless you take control of your future.


What are your thoughts about Tim’s ideas? Join the conversation, share your ideas on my blog. 

 

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Creating choices, along the road with you!

 

Alan

 

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ore control over your career? The Career Identity Program is a great way to help you get your career “luck” back. We will work one on one with you to help you manage the choices and control over your career.

 

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