“4 hour workweek” is for those who don’t love what they do

At the recommendation of a friend, I picked up the copy of “4-hour workweek” that had been languishing on my bookshelf. While its an interesting read, I think I disagree with one of its central messages. Tim Ferriss mentions this again and again – what he does for fun and profit are two different things. I try to live my life so that there is lot of overlap between what I do for fun and profit. I did science because I enjoyed it, I did user experience design because product design is fun. And I run SlideShare, because there is nowhere else I would rather be at this moment.

That being said, I am more convinced by Ferriss’s second message – don’t micromanage, and free yourself of the details. You can have a lot more time in the day if you do that. As SlideShare grows, this is something I need to do better. Its simply impossible for me to be involved in every detail and I need to hand over more responsibilities.

Also, Ferriss’s way of dealing with too much to do, is very different than Robert Allen. Allen’s goes into a lot of detail about how to manage information overload better. he wants you to deal with the details in an efficient manner so that you can move on to better uses of your time. In contrast Tim Ferris suggests:not to bother about the details. Leave it to others.

I think I find Tim Ferris more relevant when it comes to how to manage the details. I have tried Robert Allen’s approach a few times, and it has helped me, but not had that much of an impact. I think Ferriss’s approach might suit me better.

Anyway, I am just through the first half of the book. So maybe I will change my mind as I read further. My question to you, readers of this blog is: Do you find Tim Ferris relevant? If so, how?

9 thoughts on ““4 hour workweek” is for those who don’t love what they do

  1. Certainly. I find most of the information on http://www.timferriss.com helpful. Previously my time was scattered around mails, work, family and social life. Trivial details ate up some more of my day. Thanks to Tim’s ideas, I am able to outsource the details, manage time better, and improve my quality of life.

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  3. About sums it up. Time Ferris is interesting as a time management technique, not for me as a life philosophy!

  4. I completely agree with you. And that is why I end up working almost 60 hrs per week.

    And you need to change the display name in your wordpress profile page “admin” doesn’t sound cool :)

  5. “I try to live my life so that there is lot of overlap between what I do for fun and profit.”

    Totally agree Rashmi! The same holds true for me.

    (Haven’t read the book though.)

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  7. Hi Rashmi,

    I have to agree very deeply with your philosophy. As a serial entrepreneur, I have spent the bulk of my life (working life? Playing life?) fully engaged in the process of building businesses.

    When I started, I was such a neophyte. Here, 21 years later, I feel there are few things that catch me by surprise. Now it’s all in the execution and nuances. Growing and empowering the team. Discovering the REAL business we’re in, not the one crisply detailed in the business plan.

    Great site, and great mission, BTW. Looking forward to connecting. We’ve recently developed an exciting extension to your business, and look forward to sharing.

    Here’s to you and your crew in ’08!
    Mark Alan Effinger

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