The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated Book Review

I’m a bit late to the game and haven’t read any of Tim Ferriss’ books but a friend lent me a copy of The 4-Hour Work Week and recommended it.  It is a New York Times Bestseller.  I haven’t listened to any of Tim Ferriss’ podcasts or seen any of his videos, but I had a presumption that he was like an arrogant guy.  The book pleasantly surprised me and I enjoyed reading it- it was an easy read.  It wasn’t life changing per se for me but it gave me certainly some solid tips to implement and I found the book to be very practical and found the information to easily applied.

THe 4-Hour Work week

Basically what The 4-Hour Work Week is about, is that you can escape the 9-5 grind, live anywhere and join the new rich.

The New Rich (he terms as ‘NR’) are those who are not restricted to one place, not making money for the sake of money and not restricted to working 12 hour days or tied to answering emails.

This book is geared towards entrepreneurs and business owners.  He advocates for lifestyle design, enjoying your time, and finding out (and doing) what you want out of life, whether it be learning a different language, instrument, or living in a different country.  It is a step-by-step guide and he does give a lot of practical advice including websites to guide you.  He also shares case studies of people who successfully implemented what he preaches.  He gives you step-by-step instructions on how to negotiate with your boss to start working from home, or even work from a different country (through showing that working independently and not in an office setting skyrockets productivity).


  • Batch Emails.  Tim Ferriss suggests only checking email twice a day and definitely not first thing when you get up and not the last thing before you go to bed.  As someone who almost obsessively compulsively refreshes my email regularly whenever I’m idle or waiting in an elevator or sometimes even walking to work this change will be very helpful for me.  This is why I stopped Facebook, because I would refresh the app regularly.  Unfortunately this habit moved onto email.  Not checking your email compulsively will help you become more productive because you’re not crowding your braincells and time until you can deal with everything in emails in a batch-like manner.  So far I have been checking it less often, though not twice a day, about three times a day and it has been a mini-game changer.
  • Stop reading news.  He recommends not reading the news and to have a “Low Information Diet”.  I used to have cable and would watch the news, then got rid of cable and it was great.  With the new IOS update I was also reading the news/headlines on the home page of the iPhone and found this quite distracting of my time.  I then found a way to remove that and it has been saving me time and headspace.
  • Mini-Retirements.  I liked the idea of mini-retirement, although the longest time I took traveling was 2.5 months and this was before I started my regular job while I was still in school.  Does maternity leave count as a mini-retirement? 😉  My husband and I have always talked about taking our family overseas for one year to an International school (when the child(ren) are school age), so this idea is relevant and enticing.

WHAT I Did not find relevant in the 4 hour workweek

  • Dated Internet links.  A lot of the information and Internet links in the book were already kind of dated, it was published in 2009- amazing what eight years can do with the boom of the Internet.
  • The business tips.  It is geared towards entrepreneurs and business owners, rather than financial independence or freedom through investing
  • Virtual Assistants.  He recommended hiring Virtual Assistants from overseas which is not quite relevant


I would definitely recommend this book as it is inspiring and an easy read.  There are some practical tips in it to increase your productivity in all aspects of your life and to streamline it, getting rid of redundancy and other time wasters.

Readers, have you read The 4 Hour Workweek?  What did you think of it?  Do you recommend Tim Ferriss’ other books?

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About genymoney

GYM is a 30 something millennial interested in achieving financial freedom through disciplined saving, investing, and living a minimalist lifestyle.

4 comments on “The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated Book Review

  1. I have The Four Hour Work Week and The Four Hour Chef but I haven’t read his books in their entirety. His books are references that I can go back to whenever I want. Honestly, although he is an accomplished author, Tim’s podcast and, now, TV show provide unbelievable value. I still don’t watch his TV show however because he provides each episode on his podcast as well. I’ve listened to every single podcast, some multiple times, and don’t feel I’ve wasted any time.

    • @Darren- I haven’t listened to his podcast yet but I did watch a bit of his video, I’ll have to take your recommendation and listen to it sometime! 🙂

  2. I got this book as a Xmas gift back when it first came out. It has been a while since I read it but do remember some of Tim’s guide like making the most of your time by cutting down on email and watching mindless programs.
    I need to find it that read it again to refresh my mind. Thanks for the review GYM!!

    • @Kris- With the baby arriving my twice a day email checking has gone down the drain haha. I am mindlessly checking email regularly since my days and nights are mixed up now. Hope to get back into it too!

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