tim ferriss – the 4 hour work week

September 27, 2008


i really enjoyed the talk with tim…hope you guys did as well. sorry the audio is taking so long to get. i don’t know if it’s going to happen; the blogworld people haven’t seemed really keen on giving the audio out.

incidentally, tim’s book “the four hour work week” was a great read. if you want to learn about ways to cut down your work hours, cut out the unimportant things in your life, still make great money, and use the time you save to pursue the dreams you wish you had more time for, i recommend his book.

for those interested in buying it, do so here:


PS: i’ll give you a little tidbit about the book…the idea of the “new rich” has less to do with obtaining things and money, and more to do with bettering yourself, enjoying life, and doing things that will make a positive impact on the world, while minimizing all the less important nonsense we all get ourselves caught up in (particularly wasting time for the sake of filling work hours). i hope that doesn’t sound preachy…it doesn’t come off that way in the book!



  1. Andizzle on October 8, 2008 at 6:14 am

    I never thought being a musician was a 9-5 job? Isn’t it more of a vocation?

    anyway, there is a quote that I love that relates to the current society of being rich, can’t think who said it right now but:

    “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”

  2. Bianca_Rose on September 30, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Having a ‘rich’ life is a life where you have purpose and love… love is the foundation for all life 🙂 B xo

  3. tacos_on_tuesday on September 30, 2008 at 2:23 am

    I must be pessimistic. No disrespect but BULLSHIT. I considered buying the book but after reading the customer reviews I’ll pass. It’s a pass the buck outsource and exploit another individual for your own personal gain & leisure. It’s sounds to me like a Donald Trump Learning Annex type book. If the rules to “New rich” can’t be applied to the guy bussing your tables & the chick cleaning your hotel room who do so because this is all they know how to do & they do so because they must do it for sheer survival then I think it’s hypocitical. During these difficult economic times I think it’s just a way for homeboy to make a buck by selling hope. Love is great. But it doesn’t feed your family.

  4. nillp on September 28, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    what you said didn’t sound preachy.. it sounded more like an advice..

    and based on what you said, this book seems to be what i need for myself right now..!

    i’m going to see if i can find it here in brazil.. if not, seems that i’ll have to buy from amazon, since i stayed really interested about reading this one..!

    tokita (LL) tano

  5. ShadowerLiltani on September 28, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Haven’t ya’ll ever noticed that the less work you have to do, the more relaxed you are as a person? I like working part time, and taking classes full time, because when you’re an art student there is little homework and enough time to concentrate on what’s really important, like, your dreams. I didn’t really try to make my weekly schedule like this, it just always comes together that way. The question is, WTF to I do with myself after I graduate college this semester? The rest of the comment is here: http://www.freewebs.com/theartbook35/index.htm

  6. analoggirl on September 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for the book recommendation, Mike. I’ll check it out. In return, I’d like to recommend Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World by Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger. Me to We is a movement that encourages people to make socially responsible choices; as members of a global community, we need to challenge ourselves to think less about “me” and more about “we”. By reaching out to others, volunteering and trying to affect positive change, we naturally reevaluate how we define meaning, happiness and success. (http://www.amazon.com/Me-We-Finding-Meaning-Material/dp/0743294513/ref=pdbbssr_1?ie=UTF8%26s=books%26qid=1211583459%26sr=8-1)

  7. ninguem on September 28, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    hey mike post in your blog one post talking to vote in lp to europe music awards http://ema.mtv.tv/vote/#_ your and your band deserves so much this award, much more than other nominies
    go vote in lp!!!
    and if you post will be good to all, the fans, and to you too
    bye good luck

  8. NeneLP88 on September 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Don’t you think he could write a “the 4 hour STUDY week”?

    It would be useful too =]

  9. Smarky on September 28, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Hmm I’m into developing myself in a big way, so I have known about this book for ages. It’s really intreasting though to hear you recommend it. My main concern with a lot of books like this, is that I’ve never seen the people I admire and respect really recommend them. It seems to be an industry that constantly pats each other on the back, but never does much for anyone outside of itself.

  10. soyuneik on September 28, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Only thing I need money for is getting out of my mentally suffocating environment. But when I’m making a beat, that no longer exists. It is in those moments, that I’m the richest person in the world.

  11. rockermeg on September 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Hahaha “I hope that doesn’t sound too preachy…it doesn’t in the book”

    I’m sure it would be a very interesting book if i wasn’t 13 years old and unable to work or pursue my dreams… :-/

    Never mind…


  12. ritzifying on September 28, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Mike, may i borrow your copy of the book? : )

    sounds like a good read. and, no, none of that sounded “preachy.” it sounded like a positive book review from an intelligent person.

    in all actuality i formed an opinion just reading the cover, but your explanation told me my assumption was off base. i guess it’s true… you should never judge a book by it’s cover!

  13. cuz on September 28, 2008 at 9:36 am

    no, that doesn’t sound preachy 🙂 i really like that idea of life with more moral, art, personal than financial values. i’m a small town kid, and i don’t like huge cities’ way of thinking, all that rat race, money as a main goal etc. i’d love to get the recording of your keynote but if they won’t give it to you, don’t worry. we know you’re doing your best 🙂

  14. sammybewitched on September 28, 2008 at 9:19 am

    [Louder Than a Bomb is a film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. Its about the joy of being young, and the pain of growing up. Its about speaking out, making noise, and finding your voice.

    It also just happens to be about poetry] Spoken Word really inspired everyone in my high school, even if they weren’t in it. All the kids I knew have graduated and are doing insane things with their lives now, and here is the new generation. I came across it and thought I’d share. Deja Taylor also was rooted in SW.


  15. Kalini on September 28, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Well, I used to be workaholic, too (working 12 hours a day, even on Saturday). But I realised that the professional success is not everything and have to start doing the things, I loved to do earlier. But we can’t escape from 9 -18. This book is actually for CEO’s and owners of companies, not for the staff. And you could stop working at 6, but you continue thinking about what you have to do tomorrow. I would read it, because It’s definitely interesting and maybe useful. Mike, you weren’t a reading person. It’s good that you started reading! Krassie K.

  16. zahra on September 28, 2008 at 8:38 am

    lol….wow …i can amagen why u reading that……i’ll buy it as soon as i see it…thanks for the info share…i hope bu have a graet day….say hi to anna for me ….i really like her/…….bye mike=)

  17. MarishkaLP on September 28, 2008 at 8:29 am

    yeah………… it’s just too bad that things don’t get the way we want them to get………. sometimes…………….

  18. Diana_LP_adicted on September 28, 2008 at 8:29 am


  19. Kian on September 28, 2008 at 7:49 am

    it will be a great book.
    are you read it mike???
    it’s perfect for the wasted time men…

  20. axrinekey on September 28, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Hmm… earning big bucks, huh?
    Don’t really wish it, though.

    Well… I don’t think doing less work will earn big bucks..
    Even if you do… Well, it would be rather weird…
    Is it?

    I think I would rather enjoy the hard works and later on get what I deserve. 😉

  21. onoselena on September 28, 2008 at 6:49 am

    OH !! Very interesting book. Thank you for your sharing.

    Mike , U’re a smart guys in the world. (heehee) .

  22. Shinodabestfriend on September 28, 2008 at 6:49 am


  23. shinoda_me on September 28, 2008 at 5:51 am

    oh yay!!! im not even working yet.. but i always read those kinda books… SO bad at time management but still love too many things to give up on them totally…. runs to tell Dad about book … lol… have a nice day Mike! =)

  24. Chemist999 on September 28, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Doing nonsense to fill work hours? Might work, but I’m more familiar with people that have to protract their working hours to finish all their work. =) Though as translator I know how important is it not to be distracted by anything. It makes sense to do all my work as fast as possible, but after I’m done, I usually end up asking myself “And what if I do extra, in order to have more free time tomorrow?” And then I keep doing this over and over and I end up having no free time anyway. 😀

  25. I_B_Long on September 28, 2008 at 2:57 am

    i dont thinkl that book reallly applies to me and my family, since my hubby is a soldier (no cutting work hours in that business…) and im a stay at home mom. i might give it a try anyway, once im done reading the 40 something books i have piled up waiting to be read.
    cool post tho.

  26. SimplyMode on September 28, 2008 at 2:27 am

    At first when I saw this i was like huh?

    Mike Shinoda praising get rich quick schemes, (that well..weird)

    && then I actually read the thread && was like Ohh! 😀

    Yeah, Anyway how was the show at suru??

  27. zimminator on September 28, 2008 at 1:44 am


  28. MissNatalie1984 on September 28, 2008 at 1:14 am

    i like the way you summarise what the “new rich” is according to tim’s book…i mean sure, materialistic things are nice, but unless you’re happy with the way you are and whether or not you’re enjoying your life, you’re not going to enjoy those materialistic things. i mean, happiness is the key, right? 🙂
    getting back on track, the book sounds like it’d be an interesting read. thanks for sharing mike!

  29. murry on September 28, 2008 at 1:03 am

    It certainly sounds interesting. I’m hoping there’s a chapter to help me with my current struggle. I’ve been staring at an open word document, trying to will myself to write for the past, oh, eight hours. Those work hours are especially inefficient when you aren’t getting paid for them and you’re not turning out product to show for it. I did manage to clean and rearrange my work space, though. Haha….

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