It really aimed at internet-based, easily automated businesses. I run a landscape design-build business (and NO I'm not going to drop that to start some internet business), and I found only a little in here that really applied. And it's a club you can get into if you focus on it, work smart, and stay determined. It is a small club, however.
It really aimed at internet-based, easily automated businesses. I run a landscape design-build business (and NO I’m not going to drop that to start some internet business), and I found only a little in here that really applied. And it’s a club you can get into if you focus on it, work smart, and stay determined. It is a small club, however.
Mr Ferriss is one of the proclaimed “New Rich” that this book is written about. He has experienced the “too much work for too little pay” lifestyle and he wrote this book as a means to an end; the end being the liberation of every person who reads the book from the dregs of an eight to five existence. Then we read the first couple of pages, maybe the first couple of chapters. The first chapters are the typical motivational, “you can do it” montage.
He gets fired from his first job at an ice cream store because he’s so much smarter than the owner. He gets fired from several more jobs and realizes he’s a sociopath and can’t work with others.
But these ideas obviously are being pulled from other books, and they’re really diminished by the fact that the core of the book is basically a get-rich-quick scheme. This book isn’t for people with roots, family or even close friends. Mr Ferriss does a favor for those who hate their jobs but cannot find work they like by explaining how you can still draw a salary while working very few hours (by hiding from the boss and using the 80/20 rule — 80 percent of results come from 20 percent of efforts). His method is deliberately manipulative (possibly fraudulent is another possible description that comes to mind), so you’ll have to watch out that you don’t get caught or you might have to repay some of that salary. A lot of it wasn’t new to me (I’m not a big time management person but I was introduced to the “batching” idea about 5 years ago so it’s a good idea that has been around for a while) but it was a good reminder of these things and it did introduce a few new ideas. That section made me hopeful for the rest of the book.
Now I can understand that if you’re a busy executive sure, or the assistant to a busy executive hiring a personal valet, concierge or butler to run those eat up your day’ mind numbing errands sure makes sense. Mr Ferriss boasts the wondrous achievement he made hiring an overseas assistant to order a toy for his child.
It’s really just a compendium of odd bits and pieces that Ferriss has assimilated, some much better than others. Most of Ferriss’ suggestions are best suited to those like myself who are already successful entrepreneurs. By only advertising in select places, you control the price forever, as he says. Bear in mind – you’re doing all this because your company is willing to turn a deaf ear to your lack of results. Obvious enough once you read them, but a lot of people don’t think about them early enough. I’m not convinced that these ideas are his own though. Now the toy was a “tickle me Elmo” and it was apparently a much in demand product. The assistant could only find a “Chicken Dance Elmo” and ordered it. Again, there are some good things in here, and I certainly follow some of the bad habits that he mentions. With that said, reader should beware of some things. So I think people would benefit themselves quite a bit if they changed their attitude about acquiring money. Yes, there will always be greedy people who acquire at the expense of others.
I’m 28 and I’ve taken a four-month vacation in Guatemala and Honduras, scuba dived in the Galapagos, completed a study tour in Israel, and spent a month conducting research in Ghana. LAUNDRY CABINETS.