You have likely heard this name circulating all over the web – Timothy Ferriss, author of the 4-Hour-Workweek – who I had a chance to interview and I deliver today in podcast format for your listening pleasure.
Tim has been popping up on interviews at many blogs and websites, and his book and name are fast becoming standard reference points for anyone looking to break out of the 9-5 working grind and build a flexible and fun lifestyle.
Tim explains how people can live a life of freedom, spend time traveling and doing what they enjoy, and live like a millionaire while earning only a standard salary. Of course Tim didn’t just make this stuff up – he’s been living what his book teaches for years, traveling around the planet and achieving some amazing feats, including:
- First American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in tango
- National Chinese kickboxing champion
- MTV breakdancer in Taiwan
- Hurling competitor in Ireland
- Actor on hit TV series in mainland China and Hong Kong
Tim has done a lot in his 35+ years, but what will interest the readers of my blog is how he has progressed from working as an employee (and getting fired multiple times), to a true business owner, working ON the business a few hours a week, and not working IN the business for 60 hours a week.
I recently finished reading Tim’s book, The 4-Hour Workweek, and I have to say it’s a fantastic manifesto, especially for entrepreneurs who need to be shown how it is possible to let go and allow others take over aspects of your business, or for employees, who need to learn how to take more control and negotiate an arrangement with your employer where you can provide greater value for the company you work for, but also increase the amount of freedom you have to do other things.
This podcast interview provides a nice introduction to Tim and his concepts, I hope you enjoy it.