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01-14-2008, 02:47 AM
I recieved a Barnes and Noble $20 gift card for Christmas, and I happened upon this book. First I thought it was a joke, but I picked it up and leafed through it. What it said really got me interested, so I bought it. I'm a teenager, and I have to say that that lifestyle sounds very appealing. The 4 Hour Work Week is obviously geared towards people who are employed or who have started their own companies. What I would like to know is how I could best apply this book to my life, or how I could best prepare to live this lifestyle, things I need to know and so forth. Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
01-14-2008, 12:29 PM
I'm a teen too and I don't think it's just geared towards people employment plus we have the advantage of being younger and seeing this before we possibly get stuck in the 9-5 life. The clear thing for you to do is set-up the Passive source of income. :)
01-15-2008, 02:13 AM
How fortunate you are, to have read this book when you are still a teenager! I would say find yourself a mentor, someone you can trust that understands the principles of Tim’s book. Find out what areas interest you, so you can start you Muse… there are all sorts of possibilities for young people who have a much better grasp of the web than those of us who did not grow up with such ready access. There are 4HWW groups popping up all over now, see if one exists in your area, or better yet, start your own. Talk with like-minded friends any take action. The best ideas are worthless if you don’t act on them! :)
01-15-2008, 12:56 PM
Oh man, you guys are SO FREAKIN LUCKY to have discovered this early on in life, or maybe you are just smarter than us.
I'm in my early 30s. Not exactly an old guy but probably old to you. I've been doing a professional "job" for the last 12 years already and I think you have a way to avoid all that.
I highly recommend you guys go get your free internet marketing education at www.thirtydaychallenge.com because it will really teach you free skill that will be useful to your 4HWW ventures. It has helped me a lot.
BTW, for those of you who've already done it has anyone checked out the latest thing that Ed Dale is recommending we read / watch (for free) ... www.mindcontrolsite.com by Frank Kern. Very cool stuff.
01-15-2008, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the 30 day challenge link. Never heard of it, but I'm definitely going to give it a try.
01-15-2008, 06:28 PM
Application for a Teenager? OK, where do I apply? Kidding. That's what I thought when I saw the title. I'm the MOTHER of teenagers so I have you all beat.
I think that creating a passive sort of income and applying yourself is a good thing for you to take away from this. I do think a college education is important so don't chuck that idea if that's what you are thinking. Colleges are think tanks and many of your best ideas will spring from the experience.
01-15-2008, 08:23 PM
Yup I'm gonna second what Webgal said. I did two degrees, one in Engineering and one an MBA. I'd never consider myself good enough as an engineer to really make solid money at it (working from someone else, that is) but it taught me how to think and analyze problems way better than I would otherwise be able to. And the MBA (which is a business education, totally TOTALLY different) is also pretty useful in terms of understanding how a business works, what kinds of problems arise etc.
I say this simply to point out that from two totally different degrees, I know they were both immensely useful. So it does NOT matter what you study in College/University so long as you do something and get a degree/diploma/higher education. You will learn how to learn. That's the best benefit of school.
Passive income still rocks, you gotta do both :)
01-15-2008, 11:07 PM
Thanks for your comments, guys. I guess the thing to do right now would be to find a mentor and/or 4HWW group. And I am definitely going to college. I wouldn't want to miss that.
01-16-2008, 01:13 PM
I'm 19 and at university, and after leaving (read: getting fired from) my last job, I vowed never to work for anybody EVER again. Unless I choose to, out of abundance, not scarcity. And I fully believe it.
I have mentors, likeminded friends and no financial issues or debt to deal with. All I need is to push myself to think up some good ideas and make them HAPPEN.
01-17-2008, 04:36 AM
I think everyone here has successfully shown how jealous us that have experienced the "working world" are.
You guys are in such an awesome position right now! The problem is, I don't believe you will do anything about it. You will NOT take the lessons in this book seriously, you will NOT put them into practice, and you will NOT create your own muse.
Why do I say that??? 2 reasons:
1. You haven't experienced the real torture that having a corporate job, bills to pay, crappy bosses, late hours, bad commutes, etc, etc, etc..... and you can't really appreciate how crappy the real world is when you are working for someone else.
2. You're thinking that you have plenty of time to do all of this stuff... and you don't need to start it now. Afterall, you're young, you have college parties to look forward to, if you do well in school you can just get out and get a great job making 50K/year (or whatever amount you're thinking)...
So... sorry, but you guys are just NOT going to do anything about this... and then you are going to be stuck like Chuck. Its going to suck, and then you are going to look back in 10 years and say... "why didn't I try to do this 4hour work week thing I read?"
NOW, do I have your attention? I hope so, because I sincerely mean this...
You have a fantastic opportunity... TAKE IT!!!! and prove me wrong on the above statements.
If you are serious, and you want a mentor... let me know... PM me.. I have been coaching and mentoring business owners for quite some time now. I usually charge money for this, and its not cheap (especially for a teenager/college student).
HOWEVER, I have a couple of ideas and have a special interest in helping truly sincere young people to succeed.
Why? Because I am jealous... :) And because I personally believe that you get back what you give 10 times.
So PM me if you are interested in discussing the idea of creating a group. No strings, not catch, nothing... we'll find a way to keep you moving in the right direction.
Either way, good luck.... and don't be upset by my "you won't do it" comments... it was meant to be drama... PLEASE prove me wrong!
01-17-2008, 09:03 PM
Yeah, ditto all the people that say how lucky you guys are!
Creating an income source NOW is definitely a huge advantage in so many ways. You can pay for school (if you choose to go to college), stay away from dead end part-time jobs, and be debt free going into adulthood.
You may be interested in checking out the NevBlog (http://www.nevblog.com/). The current content is pretty lousy but the archives are gold. The guy who writes it is recent college grad who started an online store in high school. He's never worked a "real" job.
01-18-2008, 06:18 PM
A quick follow up from when I posted last: I started my own 4HWW group here in Dallas. I gave a copy of Tim's book to a few friends, and recommended it to everyone I talk with at work and in my social life... I then collected the email addresses of the people who got really excited about the concept and sent out an evite to attend a discussion group on February 2! I got some pointers from a very generous guy who had attended a similar group in Southern California (thanks Drew!) and we are off and running next month.
Napoleon Hill wrote in his book Think and Grow Rich about the Mastermind principle. The book is out of copyright and you can find it free on the web as a .pdf pretty easily. The principle states that when two or more people get together to discuss a common idea, an additional mind is added to the group; one that exists because I might say something that makes you think of a new angle for one of your ideas. Associate with other people who “get it” and have positive attitudes, and you cannot help but benefit.
Go ahead and start your own discussion groups, let us know how it goes!
01-24-2008, 11:30 PM
If there are any groups in my area, what would be the best way to find them?
01-25-2008, 10:44 AM
How to find them? Google "your area"+ 4hww/four hour workweek.
Maybe post on craigslist, or look for groups there.
I completely second checking out the 30 day challenge: lots of good info on internet marketing, it's fairly entertaining, and it'll open your eyes to a lot of things.
I actually got into 30dc from this forum. I'm 22, a musician, college dropout, guitar teacher. The part of the 4hww that intrigued me the most was Automation: I had recently come back from living the Dream (touring foreign lands playing music), I didn't have much to eliminate (except cigs and strings, both of which I love too much), and I was already pretty Liberated.
So anyway, I was mostly into building structures that would automate income.
And I was too lazy to develop my own product. Dropshippers were hard to find. I didn't want to sell "flutelfrio's guitar mojo pills" or make 5% on mics bundled into kits.
So, one day when I was full of 4HWW inspiration crawling these here forums, I found a link to 30dc. At this point I was only researching, making bookmarks of the links in 4HWW, and getting the RESTRICTED READING from the library.
If you get into 30dc you will become obsessed.
You will learn a lot, but the entire program falls apart three-quarters of the way through. But I still highly recommend checking it out, it's absolutely free, entertaining, and informative. Mostly videos, so you can just play yer $80 chinese bass and relax.
So I did the 30dc, and failed, but learned a ton. But that got me into bum marketing (which takes too much writing, time, and effort) which got me into affiliate marketing (http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com/?a_aid=V4b4LeP3).
Which, two days into it, has actually made me some money.
So, teenager, what's your DEAL? Are you more like the jobber looking for a bit of leverage, or would you be ecstatic like me just to stand on your own two feet?
Forget about DEL, all we need is Automation.
Automatic Benjamin 'I invented the glass harmonica!' Franklins in our pockets.
And seriously, the quickest and easiest way to go is selling someone else's shit. (http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com/?a_aid=V4b4LeP3)
And hey, college is a blast, but take the loans seriously if you have to get 'em. It's a bitch to pay them off.
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