Saturday, May 19, 2007

The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is getting a lot of attention in the blog world. Here's a detailed review of the book along with a collection of reader comments that are both pro and con.

I'm currently reading the book and, so far, am taking it as a time management guide more than a life changing strategy. A number of the book's techniques are ethically questionable but the author's main point of focusing on the truly meaningful and breaking out of a rigid work schedule will, for many readers, make enormous sense. He also does an excellent job of outlining how some goals that may have appeared unattainable may well be within reach.

Is Ferriss a snake oil salesman? My answer is "Only if you let him." His book is well-written, amusing, and an enjoyable read. It has some thought-provoking observations, such as how playing it safe can put you in the most competitive market of all. Readers of management books will recognize a certain overlap with Richard Koch's The 80/20 Principle but that's all to the good.

If you feel as if your career has turned into a treadmill and you aren't the type who thinks that reading a self-help book will put you into a Rolls-Royce in two weeks, you'll probably find The 4-Hour Workweek to be both fun and helpful.