In the comment section of my previous post about life-changing quotes from The 4-Hour Work Week (TFHWW), Rob asks:

What do you think of the book overall – is a 4 hour work week something you are now working towards? Do you think this “lifestyle design” is achievable for the majority of folks?

Since I think it could make an interesting discussion, I decide to respond in a new post.

Personally I think TFHWW is a great book. There are a lot of cool ideas in it which I think are very useful. The quotes I extract in my previous post for example, are great ideas I got from the book.

However, I don’t entirely agree with the book.

Tim Ferriss (the author of the book) wrote that we should ask ourselves “What would excite me?” It’s the answer to this question that would be our dream lifestyle. In my understanding, Tim suggested us to reduce our work hours (to ultimately only 4 hours a week) to free time to do the things that excite us.

But I have different thought here:

What if the thing that excite us and our work are actually the same thing?

Isn’t it possible that we do something that really excite us as our job? Isn’t that what “do what you love” is all about?

I came to this question when I realized – while reading TFHWW – that if I have all the time in the world, I will keep doing what I’m doing now. So the idea of reducing my work hour so that I can do something that excite me doesn’t really make sense to me.

In that case, lifestyle design might not be something as drastic as what is described in TFHWW. If you are doing what you really love as your job, you already live your dream lifestyle. In that case, lifestyle design is no more than arranging your life in such a way that you can keep doing what you love.

There is a quote from Confusius which reflects my opinion well:

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Of course, this is just my opinion and I may miss something. Also, it doesn’t change the fact that there are a lot of useful ideas in the book.

So what do you say? Do you agree with TFHWW or not? Let me (and other readers) know in the comments.

Categories: Attitude

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