Is The 4-Hour Work Week Possible?

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Hey guys,

I am reading the 4 hour work week and I was just wondering if anyone thinks that this is possible?

I think it is definately possible to work just 2 hours per day and achieve some great results. But just 4 hours per week?

I love the concepts in the book and I think it is a great read. But I doubt if the 4 hour work week is really possible.

What do you guys think?
#4hour #week #work
  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    Yea, I read that book too. Even though I find the concepts enlightening, I too find it difficult to condense an entire work week down to only 4 hours. Now, 4 hours a day is very doable, which I'd be happy with but I'd seriously jump for joy if I could make tons of money only working 4 hours a week. I'd probably work more hours anyway because I'm so used to working.

    I think the basic concept was to outsource though. He practically outsourced everything. In that case, you'll be required to put up a lot of money upfront in exchange for more time. I guess that's what CEO's do, right?
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    • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
      I had not read the book but I believe Tim Ferris himself is a living example that the 4 hour work week is a feasible idea.

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      • Profile picture of the author BlueStar
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        Originally Posted by Vincelog View Post

        I had not read the book but I believe Tim Ferris himself is a living example that the 4 hour work week is a feasible idea.

        Cheers
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        Too funny. I met Tim Ferris recently at a seminar.

        He works about 60 hours per week, minimum.

        Do you know how he came up with "4 hour workweek?"
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
      Originally Posted by Christie Love View Post

      Yea, I read that book too. Even though I find the concepts enlightening, I too find it difficult to condense an entire work week down to only 4 hours. Now, 4 hours a day is very doable, which I'd be happy with but I'd seriously jump for joy if I could make tons of money only working 4 hours a week. I'd probably work more hours anyway because I'm so used to working.

      I think the basic concept was to outsource though. He practically outsourced everything. In that case, you'll be required to put up a lot of money upfront in exchange for more time. I guess that's what CEO's do, right?
      To tell you the truth I have not yet read the part on outsourcing. But I believe I will have read it by the end of this week (because I am loving the book).
      You would need to already have a pretty good business to be able to outsource. You also need to have people you trust so that they don't steal money from you.
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      • Profile picture of the author J. Barry Mandel
        If you didn't want to hemorrhage, then yes you would need income coming in to pay your outsourcers. But, it is so relatively inexpensive depending how you do it it would be worth ones time to invest in loss before you turn a profit.

        If you hire someone to outsource and work for you - you would hopefully be smart enough NOT to give them your Paypal account information..."so they don't steal from you


        Originally Posted by ryanmacca View Post

        You would need to already have a pretty good business to be able to outsource. You also need to have people you trust so that they don't steal money from you.
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        • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
          Originally Posted by Justin Mandel View Post

          If you didn't want to hemorrhage, then yes you would need income coming in to pay your outsourcers. But, it is so relatively inexpensive depending how you do it it would be worth ones time to invest in loss before you turn a profit.

          If you hire someone to outsource and work for you - you would hopefully be smart enough NOT to give them your Paypal account information..."so they don't steal from you
          Yeh I see what you mean about outsourcing. I was talking about if you hired someone to pretty much run your business completely. Outsourcing is pretty cheap, you can find people on this forum or Digital Point who will do a variety of things for half a buck and it will save you 5 hours of work
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          • Profile picture of the author J. Barry Mandel
            I think it can just about all be outsourced, but someone needs to be the *brains" behind the operation.

            If you put together a business and didn't oversee it's operation to some extent then it would be pretty thoughtless (in the bad sense) IMO.

            So if you don't do anything then at the very least you should do the research to build kick-ass products and have them churn it out.

            Pretty smart stuff if you ask me!

            Actually to have some tasks done using Mturk should be way cheaper then even that


            Originally Posted by ryanmacca View Post

            Yeh I see what you mean about outsourcing. I was talking about if you hired someone to pretty much run your business completely. Outsourcing is pretty cheap, you can find people on this forum or Digital Point who will do a variety of things for half a buck and it will save you 5 hours of work
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  • Profile picture of the author Gabri
    4 hours week is exagerated, but 2 hours a day is clearly possible!
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  • Profile picture of the author jayden.fellze
    Well, I've got to find out about that, I haven't read the book as well. But the 4 hours per week work is quite of a chellenge I think there is a strategy about it. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    Don't concern yourself with silly questions. If you
    want to be very successful don't create a situation
    in your mind where you avoid working as much as
    it requires. When work energizes you then you will
    find success comes easier and faster.

    The idea that Ferris works 4 hours a week is laughable.

    He jets around speaking at seminars and promoting his
    book. That's his gig now - celebrity author - and
    he is working far more than 4 hours a week to try to
    hold onto that status, believe me.
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  • Profile picture of the author crazylf2
    I work 2 -3 hours a day and make around $1000 a month , not too much but it is better than working in office
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  • Profile picture of the author TeddyP
    Yes Timothy Ferris might be a celebrity author now - but I think his 4 hour work week is well documented. I am sure there was a time was indeed working a 4 hour week. considering all his ridiculous pasttimes it isn't hard to believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rivers Corbett
    That's the key...outsourcing!! Understand that business is not about you ...it's about the system..
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  • Profile picture of the author trippmarxx
    I think the message in "The 4 Hour Work Week" is not necessarily "do this and you can work for just 4 hours each week", but meant to show you how you can eliminate menial tasks to gain extra time, all without taking a sacrificing blow to your income.

    The book is a great read, and it's made my outlook on outsourcing a lot different than it used to be (as that seems to be the general focus, or the "biggest" focus overall).

    My biggest issue is just finding a top quality person to oursource certain tasks to. That alone can eat up a lot of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucio
    Yes it is possible. I work five to ten hours a week on average. Sometimes fifteen hours. It takes some time to tweak your performance but it's worth its salt. I know the method works and the creator is one of the very few I'd recommend following as a model paradigm. However my own mentor begs to differ but that's another story.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
      Originally Posted by Lucio View Post

      Yes it is possible. I work five to ten hours a week on average. Sometimes fifteen hours. It takes some time to tweak your performance but it's worth its salt. I know the method works and the creator is one of the very few I'd recommend following as a model paradigm. However my own mentor begs to differ but that's another story.
      Wow, it is great to see someone actually doing it. I definately want to achieve 4-6 hour per week in the next 9-12 months so I can have more time to spend with my children
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewPope
    Tim Ferriss really was working a 4-hour workweek. Doesn't mean we can't do it too, but keep in mind that the guy is beyond average intelligence. He was, and is I think, running a multimillion dollar a year company working 4 hours per week. He has nearly 300 outsourcers helping do that if I remember right.

    But with IM I think we have it pretty easy, a 2-4 hour workday with a bit of outsourcing is totally possible and reasonable. Just have to put our thinking caps on!

    Check out this post on language learning from Tim How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months I'm in Buenos Aires right now, and am trying to use this method to learn faster. 3 months is pushing it for me, but I think I might get there in 6 or so. Again, Tim is a super genius!
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertAxelsen
    I have read the book, and I absolutely loved it!

    To answer your question:
    Yes, I believe it is possible, but you need to be prepared to do a lot of work and invest a lot to get a business up and running to the point where you only have to spend 4 hours on it every week.

    Read the full book, and he pretty much outlines the whole strategy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
      Ferris built his business working long hours, reading a lot
      and being generally a top performer as an entrepreneur.

      He's clearly way above average intelligence too and he
      takes a lot of business wisdom and savvy for granted.

      It would be folly to think you would have a lot of luck
      building a big business in 4 hours a week. What he did
      was work super-hard building it, then re-engineered what
      he had built so it practically ran without him.

      The message is that if you have the capacity to build
      something set it up from the beginning so you will eventually
      be able to remove yourself as an employee from your business,
      not that you can be a lazy dope and get rich.
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  • Profile picture of the author WizzyWizh
    4 hours / week? That is too good to be true. And, what should the results be?
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  • Profile picture of the author longleyr
    If I remember right, the original title was supposed to be 2 hours and not 4 but the publisher thought no one would believe it. From what I have seen of Tim I tend to believe it, but it seems to be specific to the original business he talks about in the book. He clearly spends more time than 4 hours in his various pursuits, but he is riding a wave right now. Being in the public eye takes quite a bit of time.
    If you get hung up on the number, you are missing the point of the book. It's about creating systems, and discovering how things really work. There's a video on youtube of Tim doing a presentation about "the Incredible Hulk". Part of it talks about the mechanics of swimming, something most of us have never even thought of. It's that type of thinking applied to business that you should be trying to apply to your own pursuits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ceena Giselle
    he looks pretty busy nowadays with his tv show and stuff
    i guess thats more that 4 hours now hehe.

    i strongly believe in his works but there are many things lacking in the book but i believe he will be releasing an updated one this year.

    He should focus more on business building because most of his teachings surround having your own running business. if you dont have that, you wont be able to get the target of 4 hours.

    And you should be able to feel satisfied with a certain amount of money per month to be able to "stop" working more than needed. :-)

    Anyways, im looking forward to his new stuff. Lets all work towards to working less and earning more :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Sullivan
    Maybe 4 hours is a part time job... but you can earn nice income if you're serious with your work..
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  • Profile picture of the author Demond Jackson
    4 Hour Work Week- great book. I must say that Tim does a great job challenging the way you think. He helped me to see possibilities in my future that I just didn't see until I read that book. I do believe it's possible to the degree that you follow his system completely. However, those of us in America are used to 40-50- and maybe even 60 hours a week. Even if we had the opportunity to work only four hours, I believe it's just in us to work more than that.Just my thoughts.

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  • Profile picture of the author queenbuzzy
    Sure it's possible...

    You just have to put in 104 weeks of 110+ hours per week to get there.

    I read the book, and I believe it...(although I have several issues with the book I won't address here) it seems to me that the easiest way to do that is have 1000 or so affiliate sites where all you're doing is referring, and not collecting emails or marketing to them on the back-end. Then you have no product or service, no customers to deal with, just tracking of the campaigns to see which ones make money and which ones don't.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
      Originally Posted by queenbuzzy View Post

      Sure it's possible...

      You just have to put in 104 weeks of 110+ hours per week to get there.

      I read the book, and I believe it...(although I have several issues with the book I won't address here) it seems to me that the easiest way to do that is have 1000 or so affiliate sites where all you're doing is referring, and not collecting emails or marketing to them on the back-end. Then you have no product or service, no customers to deal with, just tracking of the campaigns to see which ones make money and which ones don't.
      The amount of time it would take to track and set up these sites wouldn't be worth it. Though I guess you could always outsource.
      I would prefer to have a product (or many) and outsource the customer service
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      • Profile picture of the author sarisri
        Guys,

        I truly believe in my heart that if you take a decision that U would work for 4 hours per week and make X dollars, We can achieve it. Why not? Arent we all destined to be free and wealthy? We are & we will be just by taking a decison to act upon it.

        I have read this book and have implemented some of the principles in lead generation. For example PPC is an awesome way to leverage yourself with so many search engine robots working for u while U are immersed in doing what U love to do. Also , think about media advertising like radio and TV reaching thousands of leads. Some might think these are expensive but not really if u explore joint venture opportunities.

        With the advent of internet, life has become much easier. The most difficult task is to identify what U really love to do with the spare time.

        Guys, Mind is like a parachute. Keep it open and it will give u phenomenal results. Instead of asking is it possible, we should always think how can I make it possilble?

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        • Profile picture of the author Lifeimprovement
          Once it is set up, it should not be too hard.

          Have three products making $40 a day ($120 total) off of google adwords.

          Check email for 20 minutes day. A 2 1/2 hour work week making 40K + per year.

          Now it will take a lot to set up and the competition will be upgrading also.
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          • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
            Eventually what I want to have is 10-100 products that other people market and take a comission.
            Then all i have to do each day (or each week) is answer emails
            I don't have to do any marketing or anything
            That will be the life

            Originally Posted by Lifeimprovement View Post

            Once it is set up, it should not be too hard.

            Have three products making $40 a day ($120 total) off of google adwords.

            Check email for 20 minutes day. A 2 1/2 hour work week making 40K + per year.

            Now it will take a lot to set up and the competition will be upgrading also.
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  • Profile picture of the author t!
    Tim works very long hours

    however, outsourcing correctly can multiply your effectiveness and wealth.

    In my experience, you have to figure the details out and then hire a dependable but crappy hack to follow through. Have backup people because they will fail.

    Originally Posted by ryanmacca View Post

    Hey guys,

    I am reading the 4 hour work week and I was just wondering if anyone thinks that this is possible?

    I think it is definately possible to work just 2 hours per day and achieve some great results. But just 4 hours per week?

    I love the concepts in the book and I think it is a great read. But I doubt if the 4 hour work week is really possible.

    What do you guys think?
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
      Originally Posted by t! View Post

      Tim works very long hours

      however, outsourcing correctly can multiply your effectiveness and wealth.

      In my experience, you have to figure the details out and then hire a dependable but crappy hack to follow through. Have backup people because they will fail.
      Outsourcing can definately be worth it. But only if you know exactly what you are doing. Otherwise it just costs you a lot of money puts you in debt
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  • Profile picture of the author BigVin
    It's more than possible. It's what every strong business owner should strive for. If you have to spend time to make money then you're not finished with your business yet. It should be completely automated when you're done with it (unless you want to work in it)
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    If you can do the four hour work week... and do it every day for four hours...

    you can get twenty weeks of work every month... working 4 hours a day!

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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
      Originally Posted by BizBooks View Post

      If you can do the four hour work week... and do it every day for four hours...

      you can get twenty weeks of work every month... working 4 hours a day!

      Hmmm,

      I don't think it quite works that way. It is more that other people work for you and you don't have enough work to do so you only work 4 hours per week.
      I don't think you can work 20 hours per week and have worked 5 weeks in just one week.

      It is more about productivity and free time as opposed to getting rich
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  • Profile picture of the author DirectoryKing
    What is impossible.I think it would require a lot of skills and personal experience to be able to execute such things. You won't wake up one morning and decide to go into internet marketing and automate it all without any experience. People are hardly making $50 and he is talking about $40,000.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
      Originally Posted by DirectoryKing View Post

      What is impossible.I think it would require a lot of skills and personal experience to be able to execute such things. You won't wake up one morning and decide to go into internet marketing and automate it all without any experience. People are hardly making $50 and he is talking about $40,000.
      John Chow made $50,000 in one month WHILE ON HOLIDAYS
      Though I know that he worked more than 4 hours/week to earn that
      Plus he has been working hard at internet marketing for the last 4 years.

      I want to be able to earn a full time income working 2-4 hours per day. So that when I have kids I have the time to spend with them
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      • Profile picture of the author naruq
        I have read the book. It is an excellent book! I think one of his main points in the book is that you can outsource some of your work. This way you will be able to do other things that you enjoy. I do believe that you can work a 4 hour work weeks some weeks. It depends on how many projects you are working on at one time.
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        • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
          Originally Posted by naruq View Post

          I have read the book. It is an excellent book! I think one of his main points in the book is that you can outsource some of your work. This way you will be able to do other things that you enjoy. I do believe that you can work a 4 hour work weeks some weeks. It depends on how many projects you are working on at one time.
          I think you are definately right about outsourcing. When I become a more effective online entrepreneur I will definately look at outsourcing a lot more things.
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          • Profile picture of the author 2Rock
            Hi guys,

            well i am a german guy who also came across Tim Ferris and now i am triggered. I am stuck in a job with 8-12h work/day and i would like to reduce this because i already have the opportunity from my company.

            Therefore i am now looking for a passive income and because i am kind of technical touched i would like to do sth. with blog, affiliates etc.

            So perhaps this forum might be the best to start for me?!

            What do you thing i should do first in order to set up an income with blogs etc.

            I was thinking about a niche store but i guess a blog will do it at first.
            Now i am looking for a niche to write on - but do i need a niche?

            br 2Rock
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            • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
              I built my Internet business into a full-time business working part time online about four hours a day for four years. It certainly is possible to only work four hours week, but you have to create a steady stream of traffic and sales across multiple niches to do it. To get to that point you have to work extremely hard first.
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            • Profile picture of the author ryanmacca
              Originally Posted by 2Rock View Post

              Hi guys,

              well i am a german guy who also came across Tim Ferris and now i am triggered. I am stuck in a job with 8-12h work/day and i would like to reduce this because i already have the opportunity from my company.

              Therefore i am now looking for a passive income and because i am kind of technical touched i would like to do sth. with blog, affiliates etc.

              So perhaps this forum might be the best to start for me?!

              What do you thing i should do first in order to set up an income with blogs etc.

              I was thinking about a niche store but i guess a blog will do it at first.
              Now i am looking for a niche to write on - but do i need a niche?

              br 2Rock
              Just warning you, no matter what you might have read
              Blogging with take 12-24 months to earn you an income and even then it is not passive.

              How much do you earn per year? What income do you need to replace?
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  • Profile picture of the author Katatonic
    If you only work 4 hours a week what do you do the rest of the day?

    I'm fortunate that in my job I actually choose to be there
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    Slightly exaggerated I think but hey It sure would be great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stallion
    I like the 4HWW, but there is a few things you need to understand.

    First, the title "Four Hour Workweek" was market tested. the original title of the book was something about drug dealing, but the publishers didn't like it. So he went to adwords and tested the CTR for various titles. This is the winner.

    Secondly, Tim worked like 15 hrs a day for for a year or two to get his company off teh ground. It wasn't like he woke up one day, worked 4 hours and got all this money.

    Third, he's teaching a philosophy. That's the whole point. There's a post on his blog about how you can outsource reading to your children. He isn't actually advocating such a thing, he's just trying to make you think outside the box. He want to to think of simplifying what you can and outsourcing what you can't.
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  • Profile picture of the author legrandbagley
    I successfully used some of the methods to make my virtual job go from 30+ hours to about 5-10 hours.
    Mostly, by being proactive, but also by eliminating crap work.
    Next step, to use some of the skills to ramp up another IM income.

    Where the book is lacking- good ideas to make cash online outside of a couple he did himself or researched online. Not everyone is going to pull off making their own vitamin supplement. The biggest strength is the basic disciplines.
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    • Profile picture of the author 1 Marketing
      I don't believe it... But I'll love to know the secret..

      I shall highly appreciate to know if it works
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      I should check this book out
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    • Profile picture of the author phil79
      Yes it's absolutely possible.

      No exaggeration and no word of a lie - I run my business in less than 4 hours a week right now (probably less than 2). But like all things there are a few caveats...

      It takes a lot more than 4 hours a week to get to that point. I've been through periods where I was working 40+ hours a week for several weeks / months at a time.

      Secondly, I challenge anyone to walk away after 4 hours. As I say, all my income is sustained from about 2 hours per week - which is simply checking e-mails from outsourcers. But I spend another 10+ hours (out of choice) researching, brainstorming and so on. Sometimes, I end up making changes to my business for the sake of change.

      Finally, and definitely most importantly...

      Don't fall into the trap, like I have, of working just 4 hours for too long.

      For the last 2 years I've had a lot of free time. I've filled it with leisure and learning activities - I took up golf, learnt to play the guitar, have tennis lessons, go to the gym and do some voluntary work.

      Sounds great right?

      I'm utterly bored!

      Leisure time has lost its preciousness. All those hobbies kind of lose their value and meaning when you don't have a greater purpose and focus.

      I have always been infatuated with automation and outsourcing. I've succeeded but it's left a void.

      Knowing what I know now, I think the key is to strike a more reasonable balance (20-30 hours flexible work per week on a venture(s) you're passionate about) or to do as Tim Ferris suggests...

      Work hard for a few months setting up a project, automate it and then take a month or two off to learn a new skill / have a new experience. But don't leave it too long before your next project.

      Phil.
      P.s. I have an affiliate site, a site selling an e-book and a site selling a physical product (DVD set).
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  • Profile picture of the author legrandbagley
    On another Tim Ferris note- anyone see his "Trial by fire" TV show pilot? Is that still going forward? Looked interesting.
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    • Profile picture of the author gjabiz
      California man has collected millions of dollars of tolls for over 53 years.

      What if you owned a TOLL Booth on a very busy highway? You'd be set for life, wouldn't you? Meet a man who's done it.

      You are about to learn HOW to work 4 hours a week, or less, and still make full time income, in fact, you're about to meet a well known multi-millionaire who has perfected the four hour work week, and has been successful for over 50 years.

      77 year old Orange County millionaire Harvey Brody says you can create "TOLL POSITIONS" which produce a steady stream of income for decade after decade and he is living proof. Harvey has been collecting tolls since 1955.

      Harvey Brody HAS been collecting his tolls for over 50 years and seldom puts in more than four hours a week to do it. He doesn't own a highway or even an actual toll booth. He does, however, collect a steady stream of income from being in a TOLL POSITION. Mr. Brody has collected MILLIONS of dollars and says there is NO REASON why YOU couldn't do the same. HOW?

      You are about to find out.

      One of the problems I see throughout this thread is the THINKING...and it is, for the most part; too small, too limited and not very "outside the box".

      ASK HOW. How can you make tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions of dollars a year and only "WORK" four hour weeks? You find someone who is doing it and learn from them.

      You have to be in between a DEMAND for something and the SUPPLY for it. You don't have to make or manufacture the "product", and instead of thinking OUTSOURCING, which seems to have some negative connotations for some of you...think subcontractors. Smart, savvy guys like Harvey Brody have been using 'SUB-CONTRACTORS' for years. These are professionals, real businesses, manufacturing companies who will "do the work" for you, in exchange for their pay.

      Up until very recently, there were scores of small businesses being operated by ABSENTEE owners, who checked in four hours a week to keep an eye on their money making machines. Many small factories supplied the auto industry, for example (and I did say, up until recently).

      OH. BUT. That takes money.

      NO. It doesn't. It requires motivation and focus. It requires an understanding of how products are created and brought to market, how the distribution channels work and how so many fully developed products never make it, not because they weren't good enough, but because they were under marketed or incorrectly marketed.

      Let me give you a peek into Harvey Brody type THINKING. Pick you favorite Internet guru, the one with the current LAUNCH. What is he doing? He's selling products, for the most part, with very few exceptions, to the masses of people who are not yet ESTABLISHED. His customers are trying, seeking, striving...looking for their golden ticket...but they are NOT yet established. And the gurus have to keep reinventing themselves and their products...and SOME of them do very well, and that success is what gets you to buy WSO's and launches and the latest and greatest.

      Mr. Brody sells to people (companies, governments, etc.) who are ESTABLISHED. Names you know, like Sears, Home Depot, LOWES. ESTABLISHED names, people (companies) with MONEY to spend.

      So it begins in the mind (and this is the mind warriors forum, eh?). KNOWING that dealing with established people will elevate your sales, your income, and limit the amount of time you need to spend dealing with them, why wouldn't you want to work with them?

      For example, Sears may place ONE order a month with Mr. Brody, who gets a FAX, sends an email or two and he's done for the month with that customer...who will then send him a check or directly deposit the amount directly into his bank and it could be a six figure amount from that ONE customer. Mr. Brody has about 150 customers. Your guru?

      He doesn't need to have a LAUNCH every year or update and he doesn't need a list. He has 150 or so very happy and satisfied customers, and most have never met him. He does the business over the phone, fax and via email. He doesn't have any employees, gets a little help from his wife and daughter...does millions of dollars of business a year all over the world. He works more than four hours a week because it is his PASSION and he loves making deals.

      BUT, there are other people who have TOLL POSITIONS on specialty products who are payed a royalty everytime the product is sold because they are in between the supply and demand. You don't have to "own" the product, you have to have control of it.

      You don't make it.
      You don't ship it.
      You don't sell it.

      You "SUPPLY" it to the people who want it and they have to go through your TOLL Position to get it.

      Is a 4 hour work week doable? ABSOLUTELY. Some "toll booth" owners don't even work 4 hours a month...because they have the THINKING and MINDSET that allows them to work smart and solve their problems in the direction of their goals.

      So, instead of questioning IF it is possible, start THINKING HOW it could be. Then find someone who is doing it and learn everything you can.

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  • Profile picture of the author fan994
    I haven't read the book but I do think it can be done. I think you would have to work a year or 2 like a dog to get everything in to place first.
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  • Profile picture of the author FrontLineMentor
    It is all about discipline.

    If the 4 Hours is a very quality
    4 Hours work with good high
    focus, it is much better than
    15 hours multi-tasking work.

    Some people spend 15 hours on
    work but get nothing done because
    of multi-tasking:

    1. Do work while watching TV
    2. Do work while chatting with friends
    3. Do work and have other disturbances like phone calls, etc
    4. Do work while checking emails
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  • Profile picture of the author ulteriiormotive
    Your business model and income goals will determine if you can pull off a 4 hour work week...are you talking about now or later on down the line? How much money do you need to relax........Tim Ferriss don't work 4 hours a week. Of course only those on the inside knows this.

    In short:
    It is possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevecyr
    Even Ive read that book too. And I have some doubts and now understood some tips from there. Newaz, Blogging is not that easy.!
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  • Profile picture of the author wezza
    The 4 hour week is a great concept and to tell you the truth, I would definitely want to work more than 4 hours per week because I enjoy it (IM work that is).

    Perhaps 2 hours per day would be a great goal and something more achievable?
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    • Profile picture of the author here4yoursuccess
      I really enjoyed reading the 4-Hour work week. I think it is very doable.

      In fact that should be the goal of every business owner. A truly successful business is one that you can leave, and let other people run while your away and when you come back to it it has made you more money.

      Of course some people love the thrill of business and work as much as they want.

      Just my 2 cents...
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  • Profile picture of the author dwrglobal
    Yeah 4 hour work week is possible but you have to spend a lot lot more hours if you're just starting out..And that's if you're spending it wisely to achieve success for you to be able to work a few hours a week once it pays off..
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  • Profile picture of the author BlaineGlynn
    Yes I think it definitely is! I have the book on cd and have listened a few times, once you grasp the concepts it really will work, however is not always the best fit for everyone. 2 horus a day would still be a lot better than 8 or 10
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucky500
    Maybe I missed something, I bought that book about 2 years ago and never was able to finish it.

    It might be doable, but I would like to meet someone that actually does work 4 hours a week, Even Jimmy Buffet who does not need to work, work longer hours. You must be in a very nice place to be able to pull that off, I am pretty sure the 4 hour work week is just a catchy title to sell his books and everything else that comes with it.

    I am pretty sure that he is a very smart and talented guy, but I doubt that he works only 4 hours/week. Even if you are a successful person and your business is in autopilot, I am pretty sure you will spend at least one hour a day, making sure that everything is smooth, checking your email and delegating orders. 2-4 a day is doable, but not 4 hours/weeks.
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  • Profile picture of the author TristinTaylor
    focus on the per day hour count...not weekly...besides work should be something u enjoy anyways or maybe u should find something new
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  • Profile picture of the author designfuschion
    I've been wanting to read this book for awhile now.

    For beginners-hard work first. How long it takes is upto the individual.
    Finding the right business model would help too.
    I've seen across a few forums people after working a 9-5 job are spending several hours after. obviously initially few hours day would mean a longer time to establish processes.
    The secret would simply be establish routines that maximise your productivity.
    Itemise your to do list. (outsource it)
    Work out time frames to get it done.
    Do the things only you can do and avoid distractions.

    Easier said than done,though.

    I reckon to achieve this at least to start with,instead of working on the business 15hours a day,reduce it to 6..then reduce it to 4hours day.Then eventually 1-2hours a day. Which i think is ideal.

    I think instead of calling it 4hr workweek..6hour workweek seems more plausable.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChiliPalmer
    Well, I think I wouldn't even like to work so little time...
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Nehs
      Great ideas in the book. It is a LOT of work to get to that stage but I too believe it is possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashley Wright
    If you are starting out a business then 4hours is not enough time, if your business is running successfully then 4hours a week maybe possible...
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    • Profile picture of the author 1 Marketing
      Well, if some one has just investment and a very low target or goal... It's possible then
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Vikaz
    It certainly is a dream that I would aspire to achieve.

    Personally, so far my experience has been that my Workload simply seems to increase, sometimes disproportionately with revenue. Maybe, I'm doing something wrong. But, there seems to be a lot of "hard work" involved to make any money. -- Yes! Even if it is online.

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  • Profile picture of the author tuberose
    i would be happy if i only need to work between 2 & 4 hours a day and able to earn a full time living i prefer it that way i think, it helps me to be focused and feel good that i do soemthing productive & useful everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    It's possible. Not likely, but possible. First, your business needs to get off the ground. Second, you'll need to do a lot of outsourcing. Third, you'll need enough security in your income to cover everything that you want to do.

    Honestly though, I'd feel better if I spent an hour or so a day, than took time off if I needed it. That's my personal preference.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Foster
    I'm by no means at the 4 hour work week level, but what I took from the book was the direct marketing idea. He doesn't have a store front that he needs to man, and most other things can be done by someone else who is trained (yes, like you have all been saying, outsourcing) then the product is promoted through a series of direct response marketing ads getting people to take action.

    Seams like a very feasible model to me. Tim isn't the only one who does it. Dan Kennedy and many others (see the book No BS Guide to Direct Response) have similar business models.
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  • Profile picture of the author Valorie
    The best thing I learned from that book, is people travel with their kids. I really took to heart what he says about showing your kids the world. It gave me the goal of renting houses in places both here and abroad for months at a time, while my husband and kids and I have extended vacations. That's the part that really resonates with me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian W. Wang
    The 4 Hour Work Week is definitely possible. You just have to find ways to automate everything within your business system.

    If you can find the right people to run the system for you and handle the management aspect, then all you have to do is manage the manager (s).
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  • Profile picture of the author theinfomaven
    Originally Posted by ryanmacca View Post

    Hey guys,

    I am reading the 4 hour work week and I was just wondering if anyone thinks that this is possible?

    I think it is definately possible to work just 2 hours per day and achieve some great results. But just 4 hours per week?

    I love the concepts in the book and I think it is a great read. But I doubt if the 4 hour work week is really possible.

    What do you guys think?
    If you have to ask, either you're not ready for it, or you're just not very productive.

    Here's a better question: How long does it take YOU to write a business plan, and then hire others to do everything for you, then do a media buy?

    You're NOT a machine. You are a HUMAN BEING.

    With practice and the right kind of knowledge you can get IMPORTANT work done faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyrus Antas
    I love what I do too much to only work 4 hours a week.

    Tyrus
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