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The 4-Hour Workweek

If Books Could Kill

Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri

Books, Politics, Arts, Society & Culture, News

4.67.3K Ratings

🗓️ 21 September 2023

⏱️ 56 minutes

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Have you ever wanted to escape the grind and follow your dreams? This week we're discussing "The 4-Hour Workweek," which reveals that all you need is a plan, a willingness to take risks and a modestly sized fraud operation built on Third World labor.

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Michael. Peter. What do you know about the four-hour work week? All I know is that the only reason


I'm letting you do another productivity book is so I can get an update on your household chores.


You know as we've sort of progressed through the first year of the podcast I feel like the books


we cover have sort of started to divide themselves into some distinct categories. And there's only


a few, right? There's like the relationship books, the politics books, the social science books,


and then finally the financial self-help books. The guru books. The rise in grind shit. Yes.


This is one of the most influential rise in grind books of the last 20 years. If he brings it back


to birth rates, it's really going to have some synergy for this podcast. I thought like who better


to review this than a podcaster? You want to teach me about four-hour work weeks, buddy,


on the world's four-most experts? It's a Peter story, yes. So Timothy Ferris, the author, he


publishes this in 2007 when he is a 29-year-old tech entrepreneur. Okay. This is the mid-aughts. So


we are experiencing a bit of a tech boom. Like Facebook and Twitter are just getting off the ground.


There's sort of a rush of capital into tech for the first time since the .com crash. Ferris


himself was an employee at a digital storage company for a bit. And then he had launched a startup


hawking some scammy, neurotropic supplements that he called brainquicken.


So it's also an accounting software when you want to stay up all night, typing in your expenses.


The original title for this book that he had pitched was drug dealing for fun and profit.


Wait, really? Yeah. Okay. You can sort of tell that Tim is annoyed that he didn't name the book


that because he has brought that up in like so many interviews. He just wants to get it out there.


It's like, I had a cool title for the book, by the way. Yeah, it's like the guy who directed


the professional who just calls it Leon for the next like three decades. Still mad about it.


Still mad about it. So he's doing like the right wing podcast supplement


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