The 4-Hour Workweek

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
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Author Tim Ferriss
Cover artist Barbara Sturman
Country United States
Language English
Subject Self-actualization, Self-employment, Self-improvement
Genre Non-fiction
Published 2007 (Crown Publishing Group)
Media type Tv/Literature
Pages 308 pp
ISBN 978-0-307-35313-9
OCLC 76262350
650.1 22
LC Class HD6955 .F435 2007
Followed by The 4-Hour Body

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (2007) is a self-help book by Timothy Ferriss, an American writer, educational activist, and entrepreneur.[1] The book has spent more than four years on The New York Times Best Seller List, has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than 1,350,000 copies worldwide.[2][3][4] It deals with what Ferriss refers to as "lifestyle design" and repudiates the traditional "deferred" life plan in which people work grueling hours and take few vacations for decades and save money in order to relax after retirement.


Ferriss developed the ideas present in The 4-Hour Workweek (4HWW) while working 14-hour days at his sports nutrition supplement company, BrainQUICKEN.[5] Frustrated by the overwork and lack of free time, Ferriss took a 3-week sabbatical to Europe. During that time and continued travels throughout Europe, Asia, and South America, Ferriss developed a streamlined system of checking email once per day and outsourcing small daily tasks to virtual assistants.[6] His personal escape from a workaholic lifestyle was the genesis of the book.[7]

The format of The 4-Hour Workweek took shape during a series of lectures Ferriss delivered on high-tech entrepreneurship at Princeton University, his alma mater.[8] The lectures (and book) described Ferriss' own experiences in company automation and lifestyle development.[8]


  1. ^ Ferriss, Timothy (2007). The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-35313-9.
  2. ^ Best-Known Projects. Publishers Marketplace.
  3. ^ Hardcover Business Best Sellers. The New York Times. May 1, 2011.
  4. ^ Bio.
  5. ^ Maney, Kevin; Chapula, Andrea. Tim Ferriss Wants You to Get A Life. ABC News. October 11, 2007.
  6. ^ Rosenbloom, Stephanie. The World According to Tim Ferriss. The New York Times. March 25, 2011.
  7. ^ Ohannessian, Kevin. Leadership Hall of Fame: Tim Ferriss, Author of "The 4-Hour Workweek". Fast Company. January 20, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Hall, Cornelia. Ferriss '00 takes the day off. The Daily Princetonian. May 9, 2007.

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