To connect with professional travelers, join HoboTraveler today.

Oops I Maybe I Work More Than 4-Hours

Andy G (Gadget),


I purchased the book "The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss," from Amazon.com to read on my Kindle PC, I do NOT own a Kindle, and I read on my computer. Well, that did not work, so I went to the Torrent Systems and downloaded a PDF file of the book so I could work.



Is this work, it needed to be done?

Guatemala has this trend; they are using people dressed up like characters to advertise, I enjoy this type of advertising more than their Tigo Cell phone vans with incredibly noisy loudspeaker systems.

---------------------------------
San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Monday, May 31, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
Guatemala Hotels
---------------------------------

Have to Work
I am calling up tons of people using Skype.com and asking their opinions, I am working on this book and I know the more opinions I have, the more confusion I am able to work on, and the more clarifications I can explain.

I think I am doing something almost the same as Timothy Ferris in the 4-Hour workweek, so I decided; I need to read his book. Nevertheless, I have got many opinions and here was a dialog.

CHAT ON YAHOO MESSENGER:
Andy:
I would like to talk to you about the 4-hour workweek and my book I am writing
James:
Hey Andy. When would be a good time?
Andy:
I do not work... hehehe
When you can?
James: I will be home later this morning and I can call via Skype.



Ironic Conversations
Almost everyone I respect and has read this book is probably works too much, they all love the book and I am sitting here writing this post thinking. (I have not talked to James yet...)

"Gee, I am 100 percent sure this book has some great ideas."
For example:

The New Rich: (Defined by Timothy Ferris)
"The New Rich (NR) are those who abandon the deferred-life plan and create luxury lifestyles in the present using the currency of the New Rich: time and mobility."

Ok, I admit, I have an over-abundance of time and mobility; I must be the "Super Rich."

Ok, I lie, can I really say reading a book is work? I think in reality, I cannot remember the last time I worked, I cannot remember the last time I did something I did not want to do.

I mean, work could be defined as doing something we do not want to do, and everything we want to do is fun, hobbies, projects, enjoyable pastimes or luxury.

I have been having this truly cathartic moment, I have slowly realized, I sort of enjoy washing my clothes, I enjoy doing small things around my room, even though I can easily afford to pay to have my clothes cleaned, it is enjoyable, what is not enjoyable to me is getting bad values. I enjoy doing well at things, I enjoy buying well.

Talking with these many people on Skype, I also realized, oops, I have this secret life, because the name of this site is "Hobo," I leave out my luxury, I do not talk about it, I hide it, then I get sort of angry when people think I live like a pig, but I never truly explain how I live. Well, that is going to change, I am going to stop pretending I am living like a Hobo. This is the joke of writing this book, I realized I went out truly believing I was going to be poor traveler, and really, I have become part of the "Super Rich." Hmm, I would get an ugly feeling calling this the "New Rich" with the (NR) thing for trendy ideas. There are 1000’s of people doing what I do, I am for sure not the new one to figure out how to live this (NR) lifestyle, there is nothing new about it, there are tons of ex-draft dodgers from the Vietnam war here, that never stopped.

Ok, what is real, I have learned how to make money, and not work. I mean, I make money and never do something I do not want to do, or something like that.

I am trudging my way through this book, I am on page 17, I am not going to give my true feeling or opinions, this is one of them books, where maybe you should read, I do not think it can hurt you. I am sure I will harvest some good idea, but then again, this is work for me.

Oops I Maybe I Work More Than 4-Hours

Comments

By clicking on the "Subscribe to Coments" you will receive an email when members post new comments on this page

Gadget  1,093 comments. Traveled 86 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 64 Photos

I made it to page 32, I have to take a break and watch a movie. I already took a break to walk around along the side of Lake Atitlan after this big storm.

Remember this for Photos: After is rains BIG, the sky is clear, and good for photos.

I think the first 32 pages explains the concept of passive income. I think he was receiving residual or passive income from his vitamin supplement business.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_income

Think and Grow rich is along the same lines so far, but Timothy has good stories and is easy reading.

I am for sure the "ultra super rich" in his semantics.


claptona  13 comments.

Isn't that the key to life - do something you love to do, and you never have to work a day in your life?
Phil Mickleson is the best example that comes to mind- he plays a game that he is good at, makes millions, loves the fans, loves the game - would you call what he is doing work? I do not think he does it anymore to prove he is a good golfer - he loves what he does, and is not afraid to say it in front of the cameras.
Good for you Andy, about writing a book. Saw a sign that stated - "A man who has knowledge shares his words" - not to be an egotist, but to share his knowledge - everyone has knowledge. It is up to people to decide whether they want that knowledge or not.
Your opinion of your life is good, but also realize that not every one views your life style as you do. Some want different things, they want to accumulate "stuff". Whether that is ego, lack of self worth, is really not up to me to judge.
What is up to me - is what to I want to do? Having traveled before on the cheap, there are good things and bad things. It is all how one views it all, how one copes with life.
Look forward to some info on your book.
Regards


Gadget  1,093 comments. Traveled 86 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 64 Photos

I think I am writing a book to people who want to quit their jobs, or just take time to think it over, maybe a way to force the epiphany to happen.


  207 comments.

"The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss,"..........

Sounds about 4 hours too long.


Asiabill  260 comments. Visited 40 Cities. 2 Photos

Well Put! "I cannot remember the last time I did something I did not want to do." is the NAME of the GAME of LIFE! I usually refer to "work" as "job" and have repeated my one liner, "If anything you do feels like a JOB, then it's time for a change" many times. I've always been hyper and energetic so keep busy and active doing whatever I feel like doing each day I wake up. Whenever my wife and I get bored we travel or create another building project with better R.O.I then any finance expert could advise us.

I think there was a recent change in the way economists calculate the standard of living for each country in the world referred to as the "quality of life index" which shows how much more important longer holidays, good health care, and available time for recreational and family activities. So your book will likely resemble the many "get rich" books with a new definition of "wealth" and new choice locations for retirement. Writing about each and every country where this is possible would be too bulky so explaining how to research such retirement locations with google or an index at the end of your book with helpful informative websites.

Hiding your luxury lifestyle moments / hours protects you from being considered a braggart but also makes your lifestyle seem less desirable to the majority. There are topics which would really interest a huge number of Americans but can not be broadcasted for obvious legality or liability reasons. But your popularity, readership and upcoming book buyers will welcome a few examples of your luxury lifestyle.


  207 comments.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss.............

Andy,
I hope your mid-west common sense can sniff this guy out.

Selling hyped information to those who don't have a clue.

He makes money selling this drivel not by practicing what he preaches.

If you read his Amazon.com reviews it is Highly rated !!!

BUT MOST HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW..... HIS !!! Just happend to only review his book.

still I almost bought it, but it only took reading a few paragraphs online to realize,

I have enough snake oil from Vietnam to start my own "4 Minute Workday book".

A review from Amazon that sums him up brilliantly....................................

""""Let me save you some time and money - here's this book in a nutshell...

A punk know it all kid fails first grade because he refuses to learn the ABCs. He gets fired from his first job at an ice cream store because he's so much smarter than the owner. He get fired from several more jobs and realizes he's a sociopath and can't work with others. So he sets out on several get rich quick schemes and finally succeeds in concocting a nutritional supplement for narcissistic body builders looking for a short cut. It turns into a real business and he starts making a lot of money. But the Peter Principle sets in and he ends up in way over his head. He's a least smart enough to realize this and outsources every part of the business that require brains. Low and behold - now all he has to do is cash the checks - thus the 4 hour work week.

So now he sets out to become a jet setting, tango dancing, champion cage fighter. I'm not kidding! This is what he claims. Well, at least he admits that he won the cage fighting championship by cheating. And that is essentially the theme of this book - cheat and lie your way to doing nothing.

The book is just ridiculous - some examples: to test your confidence, lie down on the floor in a public place or cruise the mall and ask hot chicks for their phone numbers. If your married, just throw the numbers away. Ask your boss if you can start working from home. If you follow Tim's instructions and your boss refuses to let you work from home - just quit your job, you're meant to be an entrepreneur - brilliant! Hire a personal assistant from India even if you don't need one. Use your PA to apologize to your wife for you. What?

So all you have to do is follow his blueprint and you can make millions working four hours a week!

CW


.

aw man chuck wow. that is so not what the book is all about. at least you could leave the ad hominem attacks out of your 'review' and attack the book legitimately. However, I love hearing attacks on that book, and I hear them often. Why? less competition, pure and simple. Competition decreases profit more than any other factor.

Andy is smart enough to read the book and judge it on its own merits. Actually, although Andy is just now reading the book, he is a perfect example of the type of lifestyle achievable with the 4HWW information and principles. While one doesnt need the 4HWW to achieve Andy's type of lifestyle, as Andy proves, it is a resource to help people toward that end.

I find it extremely ironic that you review the book as being bad, on a guys website who lives a successful 4HWW type of lifestyle.

I guess I seem like a fanboy, but I find a lot of value in the book.


Gadget  1,093 comments. Traveled 86 Countries. Visited 45 Cities. 64 Photos

I think Chuck is qualified to be the NR - New Rich as described in the book. I know he is mobile and has a lot of time.

I suspect their are two perspectives:
1. People who are living outside their home country.
2. The people who want to live outside.


11 comments.

I loved that book. Tim Ferris is an interesting guy with a great message. I don't think it's meant to be a how-to book and you should not expect to instantly be a successful person working 4 hours per week. Most people are too lazy to implement his suggestions anyway.

I buy and sell things on ebay and make quite a bit of money doing it. Many times the person I buy something from tells me something like "you could make $500 by just reselling this on ebay". I ask them why they aren't doing it themselves and the answer is always the same "I don't have the time". They don't have the 20 minutes it takes to sell something on ebay and make $500? It's mind boggling how lazy most people are, they'd rather sit in front of the TV than be successful.

I define successful as spending large amounts of time doing things that are enjoyable. Similar to Tim's definition of rich.


.

That is Dr Simi!!

Sheeeshhh is Dr simi also in Guatemala??.. He is the image of mexican pharmacies.


.

I miss this dancing pharmacist guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am considering a trip back to Guatemala in September just to visit him.....


.

Thanks for the great post. Good advice! Work day to day can be extremely difficult. Is the answer to enjoy what you do or do what you enjoy? It's tough. Thanks for you insight though.

I stumbled upon this blog like I did yours. Though their insight on work was very meaningful: http://burisonthecouch.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/our-house/

Thanks for the post! I’d love to see more like it.


My Account