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Friday Reads: The 4-Hour Work Week

As I alluded to with my Wednesday Wisdom, this week I am reading THE 4-HOUR WORK WEEK.  I have only just started, just hitting page 75, but am already excited to talk about what I’ve been reading.

In my last post (linked above if you haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet!) I mentioned some of the things I really loved about this book.  I loved that the writer, Tim Ferriss, questions what society considers to be the norm.  In the last chapter I read, he talked about how fear of the unknown or difficult causes people to simply give up.  He suggests that the most successful people in the world become the most successful, not necessarily because they are the best at the job, but that they are the best for the job because they don’t give up.  They don’t get scared.  They persevere.

He shared a story about a class he taught, where he challenged his students to contact three celebrities and conduct a short interview.  The prize at stake was a luxurious trip around the world to whomever completed the task the best.   Ferriss did not have a single student complete the challenge because they were held back by an allusion that the task was too hard.  Impossible even.  The very next year, he told this story to his new class and then offered them up the same challenge.  This time around, knowing that all they had to do to succeed was to attempt the challenge, six of them successfully completed the challenge.

The second group of students had the advantage, they knew the secret.  They were able to see the moral of the story upfront and that was what gave them the confidence to continue.  I come from the world of Hollywood, I have worked a reception desk for an office of a big name celebrity.  I will tell you that it is very, very hard to get in contact with these A-listers.  I would have fallen victim to the same group-think.  I would have failed because I wouldn’t have even attempted the challenge.  Even for such an amazing prize.  It would have been too hard, it would have been a waste in my eyes.

I would have been made a fool by the second class as six of them successfully completed the challenge.  It’s not impossible, just difficult.  And when difficulty hits, that’s where most do not succeed.

The book then goes in to some incredibly in-depth and structured goal planning.  With goal planning, I love structure.  I love prompts and helpful guidance.  This book has all of that.  And all the goal planning is short-term planning.  It is all 6-month and 12-month planning.  It’s perfect.    If you want to know more, or if you’re looking for a incredibly helpful goal planning model, I highly recommend checking out the book for this alone.

I am a devout user of the Passion Planner, which has a large focus on goal planning.  At the beginning of this year, I created my 3-month, 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year goals.  And my life has already shifted so much in the first three months of the year, that all of my other goals are completely off-track.  This new round of goal planning was a lovely reset for me, and it is something I fully intend on incorporating into my weekly goals in my Passion Planner.

This is not a sponsored post, I am just completely and utterly in love with my planner and I share it with everyone I can.  Passion Planner wants to share it with everyone, too.  Just for signing up for their mailing list (which, I might add, is completely worth it) you will get a completely free PDF of the planner.  Dated, undated, Sunday start, Monday start.  You name it.  All free! Check that out HERE.

Now that I’ve passed the goal-planning portion of the book, I have a feeling that my views will start to clash with the writer’s.  That’s okay.  I fully intend to hear him out, read about his life, listen to his advice, and decide if it is for me.  I have some ideas of where the book is about to go, but I won’t share them here just yet because I don’t want to say something incorrect without giving him a chance to explain.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts as I get further along in the book.  For any of you who have read, what are your thoughts?  Did you try out his goal planning techniques?  If so, how did it work for you?

I love any books that challenge the way things are supposed to be, and regardless, I’m very excited to continue on.

Happy Friday, all!



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