For the past two weeks, I've been reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. It's one of those books that I'll probably be reading for the rest of my life. It's just so packed with information that I get something new out of it every time I read it. I actually picked it up a few years ago, but I wasn't ready for it. Now, I've decided to design my lifestyle. I've made a commitment to creating the lifestyle that I want. What is that, you may ask. Well, my dream lifestyle is to be able to do whatever I want whenever I want and be a member of the New Rich. I want to travel the world, I want to love, I want to learn, I want to make art, I want to support the arts, I want to rehab old houses and I could go on and on here. To do all those things, I can't be stuck in a cubicle. I can't be stuck in a 9-5. I can't be glued in front of my iMac all day.
I grew up thinking: go to school, get a good 9-5, make a lot of money. I no longer think that is the life for me. It may work for other people but I love my freedom of time. Time for me is like money. I don't cook or want to know how to cook. Why cook when you can go to a restaurant? Yes, it may cost more to go to a restaurant financially, but time-wise for me it's too expensive to cook at home. You have to shop for the food, prepare the food, cook the food, clean the dishes... it's just all too much. Plus, I don't like to cook. Wherever I can save time doing something I don't like, but have to do... I outsource. I had an economics teacher in college that said he made well over $100 an hour so it wasn't cost efficient for him to go grocery shopping. He outsourced his grocery shopping to an assistant that worked for $10-$15 an hour. It makes sense right? This book teaches you how to outsource your life and make more time for the stuff you love and really live life on your own terms. This book has been life changing for me because I am aligned with the message. It's so me. I don't waste time doing stuff I don't want to do. I just don't and if I absolutely have to, it's only a temporary step on the way to more freedom of time.
If you're happy with working a 9-5, this book is not for you. If you're content working for other people, this book might not be for you. If you want to escape the rat race, make your own rules and be able to do more with the time you have, read this book.
You know what's funny. In the book, Ferriss says that we read to much. I get his reasons for saying that, but I'm still on my personal challenge to read 1 book per week this year. On to the next one.