“The timing is never right. . . Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up all the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. . . If it’s important to you and you want to do it ‘eventually,’ just do it and correct course along the way.”
Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek
2007 – I first discovered The 4-Hour Workweek when it came out. I was in college at the time and couldn’t really grasp the idea of this automated income, lifestyle design and leading a digital and/or nomadic lifestyle. It sounded like a too-good-to-be-true, late night infomercial or internet scam.
2014 – I dusted the cover off and decided to give this book another chance as there had been so much hype surrounding it over the last few years. This time I was already too entrenched in the rat race and the idea made a little more sense, but still felt too out of reach for me personally.
2016 – It finally all comes together. For once I was seeing and talking to people who actually applied this idea of LIFESTYLE DESIGN and I was also on my way on this new path.
I wish I would have jumped on the bandwagon back in 2007, but it’s always hard when you’ve been programmed all your life to view your career path the conventional way that the majority of society has embraced.
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
We work hard for the money and keep working harder for even more because maybe one day we might reach millionaire status.
But its not about being a millionaire – it’s about the experience that we believe only millions can buy – a lifestyle with the complete freedom it supposedly allows.
Ferriss’s book was widely accepted and sat on the New York Times Bestseller for years, but it also polarized a lot of people who didn’t understand or accept his unconventional approach, but if the man is a living and breathing manifestation of what he calls the NEW RICH, and has changed so many lives who have followed his footsteps – I’m sure there’s something there. I personally believe this idea of the “New Rich” will be a mainstream thing of the future (maybe even already today), and the idea of the “factory workers” of today clocking in and out of an office will surely be a thing of the past.
So if this is your first time hearing about the book and Ferriss, I implore you to keep an open mind.
In this episode, I talk about
* How retirement being a goal at the end of a long career is flawed
* The New Rich and their concept of mini retirements throughout life
* Choosing uncertainty over unhappiness
* How relative income is more important than absolute income
* Automating income and having a muse
* Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
* Lifestyle Designing and Dreamlining
* Pareto’s Law and Parkinson’s Law
* The story of the American Banker and the Mexican Fisherman, and much more
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