Seeking Suggestions and Case Studies for New 4HWW (Plus: Twitter Giveaway Winners)


O Hai, my new copy editor. (Photo: easyAlchemy)

It’s nice to be focusing on writing again.

I am finally putting together the revised and expanded edition of The 4-Hour Workweek! A lot has happened since it was first published in April 2007, and quite a few cool updates will be included.

I’ve already incorporated many of your suggestions, but I’d love more of your resources and stories! Please take a second to look at the following three questions…

Your feedback might just end up in the new and improved version of the 4HWW, a book in its 40th printing in the US and now sold into 33 languages (!).

1) Have you found any good services, websites, gadgets/tools, products or other resources that should be in the book? Please let me know here.

2) I’d like to add a “best of the blog” section but can only include 3 or so blog posts. Which of these would you include?

Based on page views, unique IPs, and incoming links via Google Analytics, Yahoo! Site Explorer, and the “most popular posts” feature of the WordPress 2.7 admin, here are my 9 most popular relevant posts, in no particular order:

The Margin Manifesto: 11 Tenets for Reaching (or Doubling) Profitability in 3 Months
Picking Warren Buffett’s Brain: Notes from a Novice
The Holy Grail: How to Outsource the Inbox and Never Check Email Again
How to Learn (But Not Master) Any Language in 1 Hour
The Art of Letting Bad Things Happen (and Weapons of Mass Distraction)
The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now
Things I’ve Learned and Loved in 2008
How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less
The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm

Please tell me which posts you’d choose by clicking on check-boxes here.

3) Do you think you or someone you know might make an interesting case study in the book? Please click here if so. Total question time = 10 minutes or less. If you’ve put your story somewhere in the comments of this blog, please indicate so and include your e-mail after the “what’s your story?” question.

I’m looking for anyone who has a good before-and-after comparison, whether huge or subtle. Small changes and improvements are great — please share your small successes. Did you cut back on working evenings and now spend more time with family? Did you take your first-ever mini-retirement? I’d love to hear about it (and please include any links to photos)! Even if it’s just a simple tip, it could very well make it into a sidebar.

Please click here to tell me how you’ve used concepts or resources in the book, or improved upon them. I strongly suggest you keep a copy of anything you spend time writing (perhaps even compose offline first).

If you can, please post your experiences or tips, however short, by Monday, Feb. 9, at 12pm PST.

Thanks in advance, all! I’m really looking forward to featuring your improvements and additions, not to mention stories. Can’t wait to see what comes in :)


Odds and Ends: Twitter Giveaway Winners

I have been giving away various goodies and gadgets on Twitter and will continue to do so. To have first shot at some great stuff coming up, just click here and follow me. Here are a few of the recent winners:

Prize: The DSMMA BP1 anti-microbial hemp bag
Competition: Best Twitter Haiku
Winner: @mr_crash, who wrote:
@tferriss trashy haiku poems inelegantly traded for free things online

To see most of the entries, many of which are great, click here.

Prize: The Fujitsu ScanSnap color travel scanner
Winner: @johnmc, who wrote:
@tferriss stopped on the side of the freeway to help a guy with a flat tire get an odd sized lug nut off (after being rescued myself) #nice

This was a hard choice, as I needed to ask myself: what makes one act “nicer” than another? Sacrifice of time? Cash? Helping those you love vs. strangers? In the end, I went with a random act of kindness for a stranger. To see most of the entries, click here or search #nice on

Posted on: February 6, 2008.

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79 comments on “Seeking Suggestions and Case Studies for New 4HWW (Plus: Twitter Giveaway Winners)

  1. Many of the sentiments above are spot-on, but I’d have to echo the internet marketing suggestion.

    Since so much of what we’re learning from you involves marketing and selling online, more info on how to get traffic, how to write sales copy, how to use PPC would be useful. Or, just some resources on where you’d suggest learning that. So, Reese’s course for example is a good one.

    Very pumped for the new release though Tim. You’re a pioneer and an inspiration!

    Stephen Nash


  2. Tim,

    I have an important suggestion.
    You really need to listen to a song called “Straight Path” by Memphis Bleek. You should recommend this song in the new version of your book. Its amazingly deep and authentic. You will identify with this song.

    Trust me, you will get much love and respect if people know that you know this song.

    I has many parallels with your life because you’ve changed paths many times throughout your life.

    This song is like the “e-mail you need to read” poem near the end of the first 4HWW, but instead it is a “song you need to hear.” That is how you should present it in the new version of you book.

    It will be magnificent. Hopefully you will remember me when you write about this song in your new version of 4HWW.

    Best of Luck and Much Love,

    Mr. Jackson


  3. Hi Tim,

    I look forward to your new book. I would like to see a chapter on the skills and tactics you use for learning something new. Is there a specific checklist you use or how do you break things down? I enjoy learning new things, and how one can learn more efficiently and effectively is always welcome information.

    For your book examples, you could explore more deeply how you have/would approach tasks for the “trial by fire” series. (I still have my fingers crossed that it goes into production.)

    Cheers, Tatoosh.


  4. Tim, you’re book is phenomenal!

    I’ve read it so many times, and constantly look for opportunities to apply the ideas. I’ve applied it in a million small ways, but am still working on the ultimate goal of passive income that covers all expenses.

    Your book has made me very aware and selective of what I invest my time on. Big impact!

    I’d like to see a lot more content and real world examples of information muses in the next book.

    Top blog post for me is “Things I’ve Learned and Loved in 2008″

    [edit per comment rules, but thanks for the comment!]

    Looking forward to your next book!

    Mark Lengies


  5. Sascha made a great point that I would like to build upon.

    As a creative professional, my job requires a lot of inter-discipline mediating (read: babysitting) and concept translation between developers and business folks. Using your principles, I refined and automated a large majority of my throughput so that I really only work about 2-3 hours per day, but I still have to be available for the other 6 or 7 to put out fires. I think it would be very helpful to expand upon team building methods with the intention of distributing responsibility for incidentals to subordinate coworkers and renegotiating the rules and expectations of one’s position with management. I guess I would just like a few more Jedi Mind Tricks to remove myself as an information bottleneck when outsourcing isn’t an end-all option.


  6. I am going through the book now and am anxious to try out the suggestions. The one thing that I would suggest for the new edition is a broader explanation for employees of how to apply the escape from the office philosophy. For example, in my job I have concrete deliverables and short timelines. I have no meetings and rarely have time at work that’s not productive. How can I escape? Or harder still, what about someone like a nurse who needs to be on site for a regular schedule.


  7. Tim,
    Just saw this posting and submitted a case study of our biz using 4HWW principles. Looking forward to your new book!!




  8. All I can say is that I refer to the original Four Hour Work Week (First print) so much I can’t wait for the updated version to come out. I will certainly be watching for it.

    Good luck writing. If you need outsourcing I will be happy to help.


  9. Tim – How come you didn’t approve my last post? I guess you didn’t like my reference to —removed company name— I was meerly pointing out that you should use a different service than the one you are using.

    Anyways, ive been posting on your blog for quite some time and havn’t ever been moderated, i guess there is a first time for everything.

    Your books have truely inspired me along the way and I can say that your book and blog are one of the contributing factors to my current position in life. This is of course a good thing.

    Thanks again!


  10. Hey Tim,

    Thanks so much for the gmail tips (on twitter). I just used them and my email has zero messages for the first time in YEARS. Oh my God, I was soooo happy when I cleared out my box. I had over 21,000 messages in my email box dating back to 2006. LOL Before gmail’s changes it was so hard (time consuming) to archive old messages especially if you had allowed them to get piled up. I was so overwhelmed by the amount of messages in my email box that I considered abandoning the email account and starting over. (shaking my head) Anywho, all is better my world now. I even did a little happy dance after I cleared my box. :-D


  11. Tim

    Your book and blog have inspired me to quit my job, write 2 ebooks, sky dive, backpack through South America, sell all the clutter in my life, and host an annual convention of the world’s top dating instructors (my primary business venture, third year running).

    The best part? I can’t even buy a drink yet.

    Thank you so much bro, good luck with the re-write, will be picking up a copy!



  12. Have ya’ll heard of the book “Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell? I just got it in the mail as a surprise gift, so I looked it up online and it sounds really interesting. I linked to the 3rd excerpt on his sight, as I thought it would be interesting to ppl on this blog.

    Not sure if it is practical info, but it is eye opening and a great for conversation.

    Blake W.


  13. Hey Blake,

    I read Outliers. Excellent book! It gives another perspective on how people become masters or successful in a given field. Very interesting. It’s similar to Freaknomics in that it talks about outside influencing factors of a person’s success. I don’t know if I agree with everything (it’s a lot to digest) but I do (well sort of on the fence) agree with the 10,000 hours theory. The 10,000 hours theory says that it takes 10,000 hours of practice/study to become a master (not just proficient) at any skill. But I also think that you don’t need to be a master before you are competent enough to compete in any given field. I also agree with the I.Q theory where he claims that at a certain point I.Q. has no affect on success. It’s definitely worth checking out.


  14. Thanks Beverly,

    I am limiting myself to one chapter per day so that I can digest what he says. I did the introduction last night and chapter one just now… I might have to cheat later tonight.

    What I have read so far makes me think we could make leaps and bounds as a country with very little money invested if we just paid attention to certain things. For that reason it reminds me of the 4HWW and Tim.

    Blake W.

    PS Tim, I am contemplating going after my dream job AND muse. It is not your style, and will have to wait for money to start flowing again, but you and one of my professors have influenced me to embrace it sooner than later. Thanks.


  15. I personally would love to see some resources for Australian users in your resource sections of websites etc. Such as options for VAs and drop shipping.

    Looking forward to the new release non the less. Thanks!


  16. Tim:
    Just a quick note of thanks for sending the book for my three kids from the International Forum. That was really nice of you to follow up!!!! I’ll make sure the three of them read it, before they pass it on to me. (God knows, I need more free time in my life.)
    And after returning from a surfing trip in Costa Rica, my one son brought home a hand carved sign of Pura Vida . . . how fun to see it on the signed portion of the book.
    Thanks again!!!!!!
    jerry mainardi


  17. It would be useful to have a chapter in the revised edition which targets lifestyle design for older people. (I’ll be 65 in July) How about:

    1. Suggestions for diet, exercise, and medical technology regarding life extension and/or thwarting the onset of age related medical problems (I DON’T want to increase my lifts 110 lbs)

    2. Economical ways to travel which don’t involve unicycles, trekking in Tibet, or bungee jumping.

    3. Useful suggestions regarding the productive use of increased leisure time, particularly how this might relate to emerging tech discoveries or social issues which may have been previously ignored or otherwise underserved.



  18. The above website and business is a result of reading 4 HWW. This is just the start, but I am on my way and really appreciate the book to getting me started.
    Also looking at going abroad to teach ESL and get out of the US for a while. Thanks

    Bill Yarbro


  19. Hey, I think you should put the “Mind Control Experiment” in the book. In fact, I want to start the experiment right now, but I have no idea where to get one of those darn bracelets. Any recommendations? I’m in the South Bay. Thanks!


  20. Hi Tim,

    How about having a ‘random article’ button or an archive of all your posts? I’d love to be able to hop on the site and read an article I haven’t read before more easily.



  21. Tim – I’d love to say that your book inspired me to do things and free myself from the self imposed drudgery that I pursue, but sadly I’m in my mid 50s, hopelessly in debt (2 divorces may have contributed to this :-)) and too lazy and fatalistic to get off my backside and do it. And I work for myself!

    That said I do do fewer meetings now and have switched off auto send receive of email and will definitely buy the new book.

    One thing that would be interesting (but time consuming for you) would be to see whether you could take someone from the traditional accepted way of working (which lets face it has spectacularly failed) and mentor them to a new and fulfilling way of like.

    My own preference is not to make lots of money, but to work less and to spend more time on my creativity.

    Blog posts for me:

    1. The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now

    2. How to Do The Impossible: Create a Paperless Life, Never Check Voicemail Again, Never Return Another Phone Call…

    3. How to Never Forget Anything Again

    I liked the idea of How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days… Without Doing Any Exercise, but frankly I got bored to tears of eating lentils almost every day.

    Tim – I live my life vicariously through you, but even I get small nuggets that make my life easier.


  22. Perhaps you’ve already addressed the topic, but if not I thought this may be worth adding to the book: What if one has approximately $2-4 million to invest in a business; what up-and-already-running business that one could buy (as opposed to starting from scratch) would fit perfectly with the principles of 4HWW? (I.e., a low-maintenance biz that would throw off cash and could be bought for $1M plus (or maybe even less?)). Thanks,


  23. Tim,

    Counldn’t find the best place for this comment, so entered it here (saw note above about ART so I’ll go look for it now). I would love for Royal Rife’s research to be truly revived. As far as I know, his cure of 18 (as I recall) terminal cancer patients as reported in the San Diego Tribune was real.

    Anyway, maybe this can start another thread of interest.

    Energy Medicine – the New Frontier of Medicine

    Whereas conventional medicine is mostly chemical-based, new forms of medicine using energy, based in quantum physics, are rapidly gaining ground in certain parts of the world. Germany is one of the leaders in the approved use of various forms of energy medicine.

    We are indeed moving towards a model of medicine that employs physics rather than chemistry. It’s a whole new paradigm that is bound to change the practice of medicine forever.

    This transition is already occurring.

    Examples of Novel New Energy Treatments

    Dr. Klinghardt offers several fascinating examples of treatments and healing techniques already underway, such as magnetic field treatment for malaria.

    Developed by Washington University professor Henry Lai, the novel malaria treatment exposes the patient to a magnetic field that pulsates with a certain frequency. It has been shown to successfully eliminate malaria from the patient within a few sessions.

    It’s just one example of the pure application of physics to your body.

    Lai has patented the frequency used, and as a result of that, the pharmaceutical industry is currently busy patenting frequencies for the treatment of a number of infections, toxins, and medical conditions.

    So the pharmaceutical industry is quite aware that big changes are looming on the horizon.

    Another example of an instrument based on quantum physics that is now increasingly common in Europe, may strike most as being too good to be true…

    You simply lie on a table, covered with a white sheet, in a darkened room. Two electrodes, held in each hand, put about 70,000 volts of electrical charge through your body – no amperage, only voltage, so there’s no physical sensation of the charge. A scanner held about two feet away from your body registers any illness, physical dysfunction, infection or toxin by lighting up a bluish light in the middle of the room. The device is held there until the blue light disappears, and that’s the end of the treatment.

    This novel sci-fi treatment is already approved by the German equivalent of the US FDA. When this treatment will be available in the US is another matter… There are many special interest groups in the US that spend much of their time and effort suppressing radical new alternatives. And the FDA has become little more than a policing arm for the pharmaceutical industry, repressing alternative methods to drugs.

    As you probably already know, drug companies are raking in profits well in excess of a half a trillion dollars a year. That kind of financial power provides a lot of political influence. However, we can’t live in a vacuum forever, and eventually even the US will be forced to open up to the new avenues of energy medicine.

    In the meantime, whether you’re a patient or a clinician, I strongly urge you to look for a practitioner who is open to exploring these new modalities and energy diagnostic tools, such as ART. They’re out there and slowly growing in numbers.


  24. Going away from the more obscure topics suggested by some, I found mainly one shortcoming in the book: the concentration or focus on the one specific style of how you work your business. The new version should include more ground instructions for people to apply in different areas, the most promising probably around the area of people in the cubicle.

    Although it does not seem so at first sight, the principle can be applied to everything and once you understand that, things can change. But many people have a problem in ’structuring’ work, which is why these kind of instructions need to be broken down more.

    Instead of just describing outsourcing (for which many people will claim it does not work for them but still probably is wrongfully the most described content of your book) describe how thinking about this process can be applied to all kind of work.