“No matter what your profession – doctor, lawyer, architect, accountant – if you are an American, you better be good at the touchy-feely service stuff, because anything that can be digitized can be outsourced to either the smartest or the cheapest producer.”
― Thomas L. Friedman,
If you’ve been following my blog previously, there are a couple things that I’ve mentioned in the past. One; is that a book that heavily influenced my thought processes and perception of the world in my high school and college years was “The World Is Flat:A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century.” In fact, if you google my name along with the ‘World Is Flat,’ you should be able to come across a book review article of it in my high school voice! Second would be also that I read, on average, a book every 3 days.
The type of books that I most enjoy are ones that not only expands my knowledge on a specific subject but also my overall view of the world. Ones that challenges societal norms of approaches and thinking. The 4-Hour Work Week By Timothy Ferriss does just that.
The reason I also bring up the book “The World is Flat” is that I believe it would work great as an introductory book towards the understanding and the ideas brought forth by 4-Hour Work Week because of the acceptance of globalization that it carries as well as an overarching theme.
The 4-Hour Work Week expands on ideas of the efficiency of work and the workplace in a sort of pseudo next generation type of thinking. The old school idea of the necessity of a workplace in an increasingly digital world and even facets of life in general that you wouldn’t think you could digitize.
There is also heavy discussion on the costs and benefits of international living. Travelling and the such and how he and what he describes as the “New Rich” is able to continue working and yet travel the world!
Though there are some personal views… nay, I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘views’ but approaches to the running and management of a business and of a workplace that I wouldn’t necessarily do but well, that’s what so wonderful about life and success in general. There’s a quote from “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino, in which (paraphasing) “ask a thousand wise men the definition of success and you’ll receive a thousand different answers, yet failure is the same to all”.
Also addressing some of the approaches that he advocates that I said that I wouldn’t do.
Timothy explains his personal philosophies and why he would do such very eloquently throughout the book. He actually lists at the end of the book, some books he calls fundamental to the creation of his thinking and influential to his approaches to life and since he’s thought process was so inspiring to me that I already began working on reading the books from his list (I actually already read two of those books since finishing The 4-Hour Work Week; that being “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau, and “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz)
Obviously I enjoyed myself immensely reading the book and would probably top my current recommendation list if I had one!
- The World Is Flat:A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. By Thomas L. Friedman
- The 4-Hour Work Week. By Timothy Ferriss
- The World’s Greatest Salesman. By Og Mandino
- Walden. By Henry David Thoreau
- The Magic of Thinking Big. By David Schwartz.