By far my favourite book of 2010 was Tim Ferriss’ New York Times bestseller ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ (affiliate link). Although all the attention about the book has been in relation to its chapters on outsourcing and creating an automated income, I personally feel it is fundamentally about personal and financial freedom. It tries to envision what the good life may look like while at the same time setting it against a backdrop of online interconnectedness and the ability for more people than ever before to design their lives.
I had the good fortune of meeting Tim at a recent film screening in San Francisco and you can tell that he is as aware as anyone that the attention he is getting now will not last forever and that he needs to grab this moment with both hands. You also sense he would be great fun to hang out with because he’s funny, intelligent and views the world with a sense of
wonder. Cities like San Francisco seem to attract these kinds of people like a moth to a flame. Tim is different though as he combines the entrepreneuralism and self-publicing of many of the Silicon Valley set with a sense of history and worldliness that is rarer to find.
I highly recommend this book if you want to open your eyes to new possibilities. Anyway enjoy my video blog review of ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ by Tim Ferriss.