Book 1: The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Jun Rong Lim
5 min readJul 18, 2021

Introduction

Welcome to Book 1 of Readers Club: The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. The Readers Club Series is designed to be educational with bite-sized knowledge to improve your life! Let’s explore the various learning takeaways from The 4-Hour Workweek!

Our Desires In Life

Most of us are taught to live the 9–5 life, being stuck in a rat race until retirement. However, there is a better way to live life before reaching retirement. Most importantly, a paradigm shift is necessary. The reality is, most people don’t really want to be millionaires, but rather desire the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows. Then, we must consider the ways we can achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without actually being a millionaire!

Reality Is Negotiable

Instead of making decisions based on what the society thinks is right, you have the power to decide how you should live your life. The New Rich and Lifestyle Design are terms defined by the author. The New Rich simply means people who learn to effectively leverage on time and mobility to create the desired luxurious lifestyle via Lifestyle Design.

The author explains the concepts in 4 steps:

  1. D for Definition
  2. E for Elimination
  3. A for Automation
  4. L for Liberation

Definition

Definition creates a paradigm shift, introducing the rules and objectives of the new game. This section represents the fundamentals of the overall lifestyle design recipe!

By defining your dream life, you will understand the difference between doing what you really want instead of what is right that’s mostly defined by social norms.

Definition is the innovative creation of your ideal lifestyle that excites you, and it usually starts off as an unrealistic goal. The more unrealistic, the better. This requires you to create opportunities that allow you to spend less time working, while still making an income necessary to live life to the fullest.

If given a choice, you probably don’t want to spend the rest of your life working 8…

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Jun Rong Lim
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