Have you ever thought to yourself that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what you want? Or that you’re putting so much in but not getting much out of it? If you want to use your time more efficiently then The Four Hour Work Week by Time Ferris is for you. Using the 80:20 principle, Tim Ferris gives insight into how the concept can be used to make our lives more efficient, with less input and better results. There are many gems in this book such as; outsourcing your life (everything from admin work to cooking dinner), travelling on a budget, and reducing your work hours to start working from home. Tim Ferris has other books such as; The 4 Hour Body, The 4 Hour Chef, and Tools of the Titan, but the 4 Hour Work Week is the best selling book that put him on the map.

I personally think Tim is insane for trying everything in this book out, but it’s coming from a genuine place because he’s gone through it all; building his business, travelling and learning new languages, getting fired for making his job easier and then practising karate kicks in the office, etc. It’s no wonder he calls himself a guinea pig.

“The New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Body shows readers how to live more and work less, now with more than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, or earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.”

This is a great read for those running a business. It has helped me personally when it comes to focusing on my strengths and working smarter. Don’t let the name confuse you either, even the author confesses that it’s just for SEO purposes. However, the advice in the book has helped people have a lot more freedom to the things that are important to them. One great example Tim gives in his book is how he was working in a company almost every single day, putting in crazy hours in order to reach targets. Many of his clients were rude to him over the phone and in the end, even though he was earning a lot of money, he had no time to enjoy it. So he flipped it and decided he was going to fire any clients that treated him badly and focus on the ones that gave him value. The result of this was that he earned what he would have earned in a year over the course if the month, and put in less time than before (my memory is a bit fuzzy, so don’t take this word for word).

The core message in the 4 Hour Work Week is to have a lifestyle that earns you an income while you sleep, so that you can enjoy your life and have multiple “mini-retirements”, instead of saving up till you’re too old to enjoy it. There is plenty to learn from Tim Ferris, and I personally feel that this book is life changing. Every startup owner should read it.