Optimize your workload and life; or just say fuck it, ask for forgiveness later and go on mini retirements and travel abroad for months at a time. The 4-hour workweek has plenty of useful tips and references to escape the 9-5 but Tim Ferriss’ personal stories comes off egotistical throughout the book.
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• “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” -Oscar Wilde
• Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.
• “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” -Pablo Picasso
• The 9-5 schedule is a collective social agreement and a dinosaur legacy of the results-by-volume approach. How is it possible that all the people in the world need exactly 8 hours to accomplish their work? It isn’t. 9-5 is arbitrary.
• Focus on being productive instead of busy.
• It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor.
• 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.
• Adversity doesn’t build character; it reveals it.
• “Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” -Albert Einstein
• Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.
• Ignorance may be bliss, but it is also practical.
• “Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.“ -Robert J. Sawyer
• “The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.“ -Colin Wilson