20 Quotes From The 4-hour Workweek That Will Make You Better


About The 4-Hour Workweek

If you haven’t picked up Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Work Week yet I highly recommend it. Every once in a while a book comes along that challenges your thinking and opens up new possibilities. This is one of those books. It is packed with an empowering “you can do it” message which anyone can benefit from.

My Favorite Kindle Feature

Whenever I read books now it is primarily on my iPad using the kindle app. One one of the coolest features I’ve found that few seem to know about is Amazon Kindle’s Daily Review feature. 

Daily Review is a tool to help you review and remember the most significant ideas from your books. It shows you flashcards with either your highlights and notes or the Popular Highlights from one of your books.

I love this feature because it helps you to actually remember what you’ve read. There is also a great feature that lets you see the most popular highlighted passages from other Kindle users. That’s where the quotes below came from. It’s a really cool feature.

You can access your daily review at kindle.amazon.com.

20 Quotes From The 4-Hour Workweek

1. Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion.

2. What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. As I have heard said, a person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear.

3. Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.

4. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ You won’t believe what you can accomplish by attempting the impossible with the courage to repeatedly fail better.

5. It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor. The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre. Focus on better use of your best weapons instead of constant repair.

6. “SOMEDAY” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you!

7. Learn to ask, “If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?” Don’t ever arrive at the office or in front of your computer without a clear list of priorities.

8. What you do is infinitely more important than how you do it. Efficiency is still important, but it is useless unless applied to the right things.

9. The key to not feeling rushed is remembering that lack of time is actually lack of priorities.

10. Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective—doing less—is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.

11. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre.

12. Uncertainty and the prospect of failure can be very scary noises in the shadows. Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.

13. Money doesn’t change you; it reveals who you are when you no longer have to be nice.

14. Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions. The options are almost limitless for creating “busyness”: You could call a few hundred unqualified sales leads, reorganize your Outlook contacts, walk across the office to request documents you don’t really need, or fuss with your BlackBerry for a few hours when you should be prioritizing.

15. Regret is past-tense decision-making. Eliminate complaining to minimize regret.

16. Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

17. But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.

18. If the recipe sucks, it doesn’t matter how good a cook you are.

19. A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.

20. Opportunities abound in bad times as well as good times. In fact, the opportunities are often greater when the conventional wisdom is that everything is going into the toilet.

1 Comment

  • “Kidle daily review” Excellent tip! Was not aware of that feature. Thanks for sharing! – Lukas

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