So if you haven’t bought, borrowed or downloaded this book yet then you obviously still need some convincing. Well here goes…
Adventure Deficit Disorder
â€œIf you’re five years old and you say you want to be an astronaut; your parents tell you that you can be anything you want to be. If you’re 25 and announce you want to start a new circus, the response is different: Be realistic; become a lawyer or an accountant or a doctor, have babies, and raise them to repeat the cycle.â€ Sound familiar? I’m sure it does, and I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before, but this book might just ignite that spark. So what are you waiting for? No-one ever grew in their ‘comfort zone’. Think bigger, do what you’ve always wanted to do and ignore those dream crushers – â€œthe traffic lights of life will never all be greenâ€. So go and tell your friends and family that you’re leaving your job and any secure income, to home school your kids in a VW Westfalia in New Zealand for a year. I’ve told you, right Dad? Dad, listen Steve Jobs once said that â€œRemembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to loseâ€. Dad – “whose Steve and what Jobs does he do?” MTF…
The Pareto Rule
A concept derived in the 19th century by Vilfredo Pareto – 80% of your outputs result from 20% of your inputs. Just 20%! Again, this is a major theme that is spread throughout the book, and Tim Ferris does a great job at helping you reflect on that 20% and provides a whole host of information and resources to eliminate the rest. Common concepts such as controlling your email. There is a great paragraph in the book that reminds us that email is exactly that – Mail. It’s not chat, so let’s stop treating it like it is! Another simple concept that we all fail at. Well I do anyway.
80% on time is better than 100% late
This heading is actually something the military says all the time, and the book touches on this throughout, albeit using a different angle. Tim Ferris describes learning a language to get his point across â€œto be correct 95% of the time requires six months of concentrated effort, whereas to be correct 98% of the time requires 20-30 yearsâ€. Where’s the efficiency in that? It’s a simple investment. With attention and time being invested. As soon as your returns plateau its time to accept what you have as success. Move on. 80% on time is better than 100% late.
And so that’s it. If I haven’t convinced you to read The 4-Hour Workweek than there’s not much else I’m willing to do (80% on time rule, remember…).