The 4-Hour Workweek

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
The 4-Hour Workweek (front cover).jpg
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]


For the launch of the book, Ferriss created a blog also titled "".[9] Though he has since written subsequent books, it remains the title of his blog and covers many topics besides those in the 4HWW. It now has more than 25,000 RSS subscribers.[10]

The release of his book moved Ferriss' blog to the Top 1000 on Technorati.[11] Ferriss stated, in a Fast Company interview, that 4HWW is read by many of the "top tech CEOs in the world".[12]


The New York Times noted that Ferriss spends far more than 4 hours per week in blogging and self-promotion, which Ferriss describes as “evangelizing.”[13] USA Today commented: "If it all sounds too good to be true, maybe it is. Or maybe not. Clearly, selective ignorance, farming out chores and applying the 80/20 principle have paid off for Ferriss." [14] Wired praised the book's ideas for telecommuting and its pre-retirement advice, but faulted it for "formulaic writing" and that "nearly every idea [is] taken to an extreme. No sense of work being anything more than a paycheck".[15] Leslie Garner of The Telegraph noted that the book had a "punchy writing style" and that Ferriss had "struck a chord with his critique of workers' slavish devotion to corporations."[16]

The book received coverage also through Fast Company,[17] ABC News,[5] The Today Show, Newsweek,[18] and MSNBC.[19]


  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. ^ a b 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.
  9. ^ "The Four Hour Work Week". 4 Hour Workweek. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  10. ^ 7 Reasons to Subscribe. FourHourWorkWeek.
  11. ^ Technorati profile: 4hww Archived 2008-04-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Dannen, Chris (September 2007). "Seven Questions with the 4-Hour Workweek Evangelist". Fast Company. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  Quote, "My blog is on the blogroll of some of the top tech CEOs in the world."
  13. ^ Williams, Alex. Too Much Information? Ignore It. The New York Times. November 11, 2007.
  14. ^ Archer, Michelle. Review: You, too, can enjoy 4-hour workweek, the author says. USA Today. June 10, 2007.
  15. ^ Tweney, Dylan. Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek? You Should Be So Lucky. Wired. June 15, 2007.
  16. ^ Garner, Leslie. Tim Ferriss: the clock watcher. The Telegraph. May 7, 2008.
  17. ^ Scoble, Robert. Timothy Ferriss and 4-Hour Workweek. Fast Company. March 3, 2010.
  18. ^ Jerry Guo, The World’s Best Guinea Pig Jan 4, 2011
  19. ^ 4-Hour workweek: How to escape your 9-5 job. June 25, 2007.

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