The Four Hour Work Week

You’ve probably all heard of the Four Hour Work Week sensation that hit the world a few years back. I know I had. It’s not new, but I recently picked up a copy of it and had a flick through the content. It’s written in a sometimes-nauseating American fashion and there are times when the author, Tim, seems so conceited that you want to reach through the pages and punch him in the head.

However by and large, this is a man after my own heart.

‘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 race, real-life fantasy travel, long-term wandering, setting world records, or simply a dramatic career 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 “retirement.” ‘

‘People don’t want to be millionaires — they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy. Ski chalets, butlers, and exotic travel often enter the picture. Perhaps rubbing cocoa butter on your belly in a hammock while you listen to waves rhythmically lapping against the deck of your thatched-roof bungalow? Sounds nice.

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

‘The question no one really seemed to be asking or answering was, Why do it all in the first place? What is the pot of gold that justifies spending the best years of your life hoping for happiness in the last?’

‘Test the most basic assumptions of the work-life equation.

  • How do your decisions change if retirement isn’t an option?
  • What if you could use a mini-retirement to sample your deferred-life plan reward before working 40 years for it?
  • Is it really necessary to work like a slave to live like a millionaire?’

Amen, brother. Read more of his blog and book, if you can bear it.

Reminds me of the Frank Turner song, Photosynthesis. Happy tune!


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