The 4-Hour Workweek – Jar of Goodies from Tim Ferriss

May 27, 2010

in MBA experience,Side Notes

One of the two books I attempted to read on my break between the Spring and Summer Terms in my part-time MBA studies was The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. It is really a great read, though I have to admit I haven’t finished it yet. Not everything in the book is really applicable, or even practical, but I did find a lot of gems of practical wisdom scattered all throughout the book.

Some of Ferriss’ ideas were just reminders and reinforcers of  something I had known before, such as Parkinson’s Law or Pareto Principle. Still it was interesting to see their application in his own, often radical and obnoxious ways. But there were quite a few things that I had not had any idea about, e.g. the business of Virtual Assistants. We all know, of course, about outsourcing of production and services in general. But I did not know about this particular outsourcing niche, and how relatively affordable it could be.  

If you have not heard about Tim Ferriss, as I had not heard anything about him till I serendipitously stumbled upon his book The 4-Hour Workweek review, you might find him very controversial and often obnoxious, as I mentioned before. This is part of his self-marketing strategy, so I don’t really care much about it. But the things I learned from the book are well-worth overlooking the author’s abrasive self-promotion and narcissism. 

For me personally some of his ideas got validated because I had the situations where the same principles were playing out in my life either before or shortly after I read about them in Tim Ferriss’  book, or I got confirmation from other sources that I consider no “less reputalbe” than Ferriss, like my professors in MBA courses :-) .  As a matter of fact, I will be referring to his book and some of his ideas in my future planned posts, as they are related to my personal and educational MBA experience.

Regardless of the impression he may leave on some, or many, Tim Ferriss is a great author and remarkable marketer, which is confirmed by the fact that The 4-Hour Workweek has been a New York Times, WSJ and BusinessWeek #1 bestseller. If you have not read this book, go grab it from Amazon or your local library. It will be good for you to explore the new perspectives, regardless whether you end up in the Ferriss’ haters camp or his fans.

Tim Ferriss’ blog is also very popular and informative. I periodically stop by to read his updates. Go check it out to get the pre-taste of his style and philosophy which is laid out in more detail in his book.


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