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In my last post I mentioned Tim Ferris, author "The 4-Hour Workweek™". Little did I know at the time, that Tim Ferris will be launching his New York Times bestseller here in the UK on 03 April.
Tim Ferriss is an extraordinarily talented individual. He is a national Chinese kickboxing champion, and holds a World Record in tango - both achieved before the age of 30. He has travelled the world, runs a multinational company from wireless locations across the world and speaks seven languages.
These are just a smattering of his accomplishments. He walks his talk. His lifestyle clearly demonstrates what one can achieve in life when they master the use of their time.
He confesses that the book was challenging to write partly because of the high standards he sets himself. Still, it couldn't have been published at a more apt time when work-life balance almost seems impossible to attain and so many people are simply overwhelmed.
However, the author admits that the book title could be misinterpreted and assures that it's not about promoting idleness quite the opposite:
"The title can very easily be misinterpreted. The book does not in any way promote being idle. The book is intended to be a blueprint menu of options for creating time and then how you use that time is up to you but many people will choose to spend that time creating new companies, spending time with their families. The options are really limitless."
Now you can see why this book is so popular. I know of no one who would refuse the offer of more time. The paradox of life is that, generally, we are given a generous amount of time - a lifetime in fact. The problem is we often squander it. Tim Ferriss says that our goal should be to free our time so that we can spend it in a way that gives us the greatest fulfilment and excitement.
Working just four hours a week might not seem feasible to you at present but what if you had four hours a week to spend as you like? How would you spend that time? This is actually another problem. We plan our work time but we don't plan our time off work. The result is that what should be our leisure time is wasted without us having time to re-charge our batteries.
We have got into the habit of working such long hours that for some even a forty hour week would represent a huge reduction from current working practices.
"I've had people come up to me and say I thought the title of the book was "The 40-hour Workweek" and I was going to buy it anyway because the average workweek is now 70 hours as reported by Forbes Magazine recently."
If you haven't read this book as yet, there couldn't be a more ideal time to do so. The UK publisher is currently offering a special discount on orders of "The 4-Hour Workweek™". To get a whopping 30% off plus free shipping in the UK click the link below to place your order of this fascinating and eye-opening book. You will need to use the promotion code "ESCAPE". Orders ust be placed before the 03 April.
Buy "The 4-Hour Workweek™"
Meet Tim Ferriss
If you are based in London you can get to meet Tim Ferriss. Plans are to meet up for a pint (or two) at The Chandos in Trafalgar Square. It's a buy your own drinks affair and the venue may change so stayed tuned.
And be ruthless with your time. Remember all we have is a lifetime. Make plans for the things you want to do rather than the things you think you have to do. So set ambitious goals for as Tim Ferriss will tell you:
"Even if you don't hit that goal the process of striving for it is exciting."
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