What is the summary of “4-Hour Work Week”?
Of course! 4HWW is one of the oldest, biggest books on making money online. That book proved to be a life-changer for me like it did for others. Here’s a quick summary.
Let’s start the summary with an inspirational quote from that book: “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.“
The book is one-third inspirational, one-third general wisdom of the current age, and one-third technical instructions. Those first two-thirds are going to be valuable to almost anyone, and the last third will be useful to most beginners. Along the way, the book covers four critical aspects of working far less for more money, through an acronym called DEAL. The book proceeds in that order, D-E-A-L, with several chapters for each.
The book is regarded highly by online entrepreneurs who started their entrepreneurial journey after taking inspiration from that book to teach more specific, niche ideas. It’s not the most specific entrepreneur type book out there, but that makes it useful for beginners and intermediates and prepares them for faster success and less time spent in the initial, sluggish period of “figuring it all out.”
Instead of teaching how to make money alone, it teaches the principles through which one can make more money, more efficiently. Really, the concept is so universally needed that I can’t see any ordinary person who wouldn’t benefit from what it has to say. With a lot of inspirational stories to help illustrate key points, it can help anyone earn more in whatever way they want, whether that’s through entrepreneur pursuits or just improving their work situation as an employee.
4HWW also suggests how one can live a better life with the same income. I really appreciate this kind of knowledge, compared to many making-money-online (MMO) gurus out there who try to dazzle naive people with numbers like millionaire and billionaire, or vapid images of luxury cars and resorts (things they likely do not own, by the way, only rented for their marketing). Ferriss doesn’t flaunt his wealth, he presents a legit, storied lifestyle that I really respect.
However, I would not shirk sharing some cons of 4HWW, like that some of the linked websites in the digital version are dead now. It gets a bit technical too, in the middle, and I think it will be a little harder to keep up with if you’re on the employee side and not the entrepreneur side.
Anyway, here’s the link to my review of 4HWW where you can find some more interesting points from that book like DEAL, as well as its pros and cons.
If you have read that book, then I would appreciate it if you would share your perspective also. Else, if you are yet to read it, I recommend it. One can gain a lot from that book.
Please feel free to reply to me if you need more information on any of the points discussed in this answer as well in that post.