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Life-changing books case study: The 4-hour workweek

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Few books are mentioned as often as this one when it comes to total life transformation. I think one of the main reasons is that the book is not only about business, but also about personal life and priorities. Your time here on earth is limited – what do you want to spend your time on? By using simple examples that everybody can relate to, such as how to make email not take up half your time, while also questioning assumptions such as that we have to work 8 hours a day and giving examples of what you might actually want to do with your life, Ferriss presents a compelling alternative life path.

If you haven’t read the book, just do it now, or preferably yesterday!

I think this kind of post will be recurring from now on. For the books most seen as life-changing, I’ll dig up some stories of how the book has transformed peoples lives.

Alex and Mimi Ikonn
Alex and his girlfriend Mimi both come from a really humble background and started a very successful company after reading The 4-hour workweek.

I really recommend you check out some more of their videos, even if they can feel a bit short and polished at first glance, because there are more takeaways to learn from them about their view on how to provide value for their customers or fans.

They both also put a lot of emphasis on the importance of being grateful for what you have. This is an example of mindsets that go hand in hand with the ones lined out in The 4-hour work week – and personally I think that cultivating a nice set of mindsets, viewpoints and having a diverse understanding of different paradigms is an important key to success and happiness.

Ramit Sethi
Ramit is the author of the New York Times bestseller “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”. In this blogpost, he outlines how The 4-hour Workweek has changed his life.

The post is really concrete, rich with citations from the book and comments on how he has incorporated the advice into his own life. He also shows his appreciation for how Ferriss always provides real examples, including the actual texts used by Ferriss in different situations.

Kat and Romeo
This couple transformed their lives thanks to this book. In this blog post they discuss the details.

“Upon reading it, we quit our jobs, sold everything and went after our crazy dreams.”

They briefly describe the contrast in freedom they have now compared to before reading the book, in terms of time and location independence. The point that stands out in their post and the reason I include their example however, is that they specifically mention that they do not rely on the typical example of a business “muse” as proposed by Ferriss, but instead they use a blogging system.

So, I hope these examples were interesting and provided some complimentary insights to this book!
Talk to you soon,
John

Life-changing books according to Tai Lopez

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As you may know, Tai Lopez reads a lot. He has an email-list book club and is also known as an influential entrepreneur and investor. He also promotes a reading technique which is very fast but is not speed reading, instead it’s a special way of skimming through the overall structure and digging deep only into the sections that are important.

Anyway, here are some books that Tai regularly mentions in interviews as having a huge effect on his mindset and understanding of the world:

Civilization and its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Here is a video with Tai talking about shopping for books… he has a lot of them!