I love self-help books. I am a big believer that we should always work on ourselves because nobody is perfect, ya know? Some books I don't get through a few chapters and others I feel like highlighting the entire dang thing for me to remember it. That happened to me while reading Tim Ferris’ Four Hour Work Week.
Have you heard of it? It isn't a new book, so I was easily able to find it at our local library. It had been mentioned to me earlier but I just didn't get around to reading it until recently. It probably captivated me because I work... well, way more than four hours.
I had my doubts about the book, especially because of the title. Four hours a WEEK? Who does that?! It basically takes me four hours a week to sift through my inbox alone, let alone any other work I do. So I went in with an off-put mindset but was pleasantly surprised that it basically is a time management book. But more than that, it makes you do some self reflection and question the cultural status quo of working a nine-to-five, Monday through Friday. Alriiiight.
Ferris wanted to shave his work week down to only four hours a week because he wanted to travel the world-- something I can relate with. But do I want to not work? No. I like the work I do with The Fins United Initiative, ConCiencia Azul, and my freelance work with Forbes. While I would love to travel the world, I think I'm doing a pretty good job at that (I'm going to two new countries this year and heading to Antarctica at the end of 2019, woo hoo).
While we have different life goals, I still left with some good advice I will try to apply to my life. Here are some of the biggest take-away's...
Pareto’s Law or the 80/20 Principle
One thing I found interesting was this 80/20 "law." Oh sure, I heard about the whole 80/20 thing before... but, like, for food in regards to healthy vs unhealthy food. The book discusses an economist, Pareto, who studied income distribution and uncovered that 80% of the wealth and income in the world, was produced and possessed by 20% of the population (well, that clearly isn't the case anymore LOL). But the idea can be applied to life, Ferris says-- 80% of our output results from 20% of our input (effort and time). When I sit down and think about it... yeah, some of that is true for parts of my life (e.g. I take a day to upload and schedule photos for TFUI's Instagram and that lasts me a whole month).
Ferris kept this 80/20 law in mind and asked himself the following questions:
Bottom line, it is supposed to make you take a hard look at your life and your job –to find what your 80s are and your 20s... they can be either negatives and positives. Then, once identified, either trim away or... well, indulge!
Mistakes to Avoid
Have you read the book before? What do you think?
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