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on July 7, 2015
Well, the book is exactly what he is trying to teach. Make money with books like this. Of course he is not mentioning that... It is pretty repetitive and uses vague directions how to reach the 4 hour work week schedule. First get rich and hire other people to work for you while you travel. But how to get rich? Without that it is hard to work only 4 hours. With a bunch of money in the bank already I am able to work even 1 hour a week. Also some of his advices are purely not ethical. I gave 2 starts as there are some links in the book I did not know of, so that was good to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
I hate self help books. This one wasn't the worst.
But it also had its fair share of fluff.
It did inspire me to outsource some work though.
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on January 1, 2015
Honestly one of the worst self-help books I've ever read. I have no idea why it's popular. it's purely commercial. of course Mr Ferris starts a motivating feel-good introduction, then the rest is just some nonsensical advises.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2008
The author seems like a great guy to have a beer with. But, there is no meat and nothing new in this hard cover pamphlet. The tips are general and based on assumptions that we all want to take the easy way out and desire no real sense of accomplishment. Some of us derive great pleasure and value from what we produce or create. Finding a way to manipulate others to do your bidding, what is so new about that? Somehow, the moral compass here seems to reflect a new generation of gimme gimme now. My eldest son is 24 and this book I am hiding from him - I don't need for him to actually read a book legitimizing an already established attitude of "hey, why do I have to go to school and learn for years then work hard to achieve results? Why shouldn't I argue every time I get a bad mark so the teacher gives me a good mark to avoid me, and not because I actually earned it?" (Yes, that's what our Ferriss claims to have done in University, and I don't need my kid learning that trick.)

This book is all about manipulation - manipulation for the 21st century. What is so different about a drug dealer from Ferriss? The drug dealer sells something that is overpriced because he can, and there is a market for a quick fix which he manipulates by temporarily filling a fleeting need. I think that there are a few good things about the book too, but nothing new - I have been using these methods for years such as, um, oh yes, prioritizing. Listen, if you are stuck in a rut at work and hate what you are doing, if you are unhappy, this may be a quick "shot in the arm", and borrow it from a friend, but the high won't last unless you are completely lacking in integrity or work ethic.

It strikes me that this book is probaby just another of his schemes to get there quick on a minimal amount of effort. While he could've chosen to elaborate and support his points, he just throws them in the air as an afterthought, like Peggy's musings. The print is large, the book is small, and it is half filled with quotes to take up space. This is not much of a book at all, so once again, our friend Ferriss fleeces us - this is exactly what Ferriss is telling us he does regularly! I can see Ferriss lying on the beach, suddenly yelling "eureka! Another idea for easy money! And I will spend 20% of my effort on it to grab 80% of the market and I will charge the most I possible can!" And the content of this book looks just like that.

Yes, Ferris, you proved your point. Hope IS cheap, and easily manipulated. I am very glad that I had the foresight to raise an eyebrow about it and take it out of the library first to determine whether it was worth my money - so I guess I am one of the 20% that you would "fire", and I will instead spend my money elsewhere. I will also be very wary of anything else you are attached to now - after all, really, after reading how you "win", how could I ever trust you? That said, I can't wait to hear about your next trick to get what you want. My only question is this: are your parents proud of you?
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on September 5, 2014
Some neat idea, some new takes on old questions but overall poorly written and not well thought out. I am surprised this book got the recognition it got.
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on July 23, 2015
It's an OK book, but nothing special. Certainly not a note of '5'.
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on August 9, 2014
Had very little relevance to my skills and work situation.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2013
Timothy has some very empowering points and ideas to lesson your work load for a four hour work week. He teaches you ways to manipulate others to strengthen your ego. How to make others serve you better and delegate responsibly to them. So if your looking to be rich on others backs an take all you can while throwing away anything that doesn't conform to you, than get it.

But if you realize that we need to help others in life, to enrich our own than i would recommend The 7 habits of highly effective people.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
This book was a disapointment. Easy answers that seldomly apply's to different working and business fields. Instead of this book check out "Rework" from Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, you will get a better bang for your buck.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2012
Thought this was going to be great, had read the blog and thought that he was holding back so we would buy the book. The book is for disenfranchised people that hate their job, I don't hate my job, so most of the ideas in the book simply were not applicable. I don't feel like I need to escape my work place to be happy. Anyways, the book jumps all over the place. The first 90 pages are just plain nonsense. There are a couple interesting ideas, using a VA, batching tasks, etc. Like another reviewer said, his answer is to build an internet business, I have no interest in that.

The bottom line is that this book has some good ideas but they are few and far between, mixed in with some immature ranting and raving that shows the authors age and mentality.

Wish I could get my 2 days back, that it took me to read.
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