3 Takeaways from The 4-Hour Workweek

3 Takeaways from The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Hi and welcome to Drawn to DIY!

Since today is the first Monday of the month, this post is part of the blog's mini series called 3 Takeaways where I share three insights from an inspiring leader, book, or podcast.  

As I've mentioned last month, one of the reasons I'm really *drawn to DIY* is not so much that DIY-ers make pretty things or re-purpose old furniture. It's because of the concepts behind it — independence, resourcefulness, and constant improvement.

How else can you explain making geometric concrete planters or copper pipe clothing racks? How about the fact that DIY-ers never run out of ideas and tackle projects week after week? 

So this is what I had in mind when I started this 3 Takeaways mini blog series last month—I want to keep learning! 

This month, I'm sharing insights from The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.



1. It is Possible.

When I first heard about The 4-Hour Workweek, I figured it was another get-rich-quick gimmick. I mean, how can you only work four hours a week, be able to live the lifestyle you want, and even support a family?

But after I began reading a few pages, I realized being a successful mobile entrepreneur is what immediately sets him apart from other authors. He outlines his past decisions and strategies, both those that worked and didn't work altogether.

Letting go of wrong core assumptions is a main component of success — thinking it is possible allows it to be doable.


2. Use the acronym DEAL: D is for definition, E is for elimination, A is for automation, and L is for liberation. 

You may have to first question some beliefs that are holding you back. Is the Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm thing really working for you or your company? Do your activities push the needle or simply waste time? Do you personally have to do a specific task or can you delegate it to another person or a virtual assistant? Is your presence necessary or can you work from your laptop elsewhere?


3. Identify the best method to reach your goals.

He explains that many people set their goal as making a million dollars (too vague and not time-bound) and try to accomplish this by working themselves to the bone 60+ hours a week, thinking this is the only way to go. But is this really what you want for your life?

The alternative is to be able to take "mini retirements" on a regular basis and pursue activities that excite you. How do you accomplish this? Assess and take action.


One quote that is particularly relevant to me as a new blogger is, "Focus on being productive instead of busy."

Since I'm still starting out, I sometimes feel overwhelmed with different aspects of blogging. From creating meaningful content to managing social media platforms, it's so easy to get lost in the million things "experts" say you have to do. So this quote is a reminder to always keep my goals in mind, to make sure whatever I do and how I spend my time is the most efficient and productive in attaining those goals.

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