Timothy Ferris : The 4 – Hour Workweek

4-hour-workweekHooray!! I’ve just bought my own copy of “The 4-hour Workweek” written by Timothy Ferriss. Its been nearly 1 whole year since I’ve been reading about the book with interviews, watching videos on youtube, as well as browsed through the website of thefourhourworkweek.com to find information.

Being in Indonesia, I wanted to wait until the book hit the shelves locally so I could get my own copy at a cheaper price than if I’d directly ordered from amazon.com the day it came out in 2007. I’ve been following up on the teachings but none of it made sense to me, because the info that I’ve received through the web were just sections or parts of the book where putting it all together would not be possible without reading the entire book from the beginning to the end.

I bought the book at a local bookstore and without thinking about it I directly purchased it! There were 2 copies left as I asked the cashier if there were any more copies and he said that they only had 2 copies in the store. Woaw, close call, I almost missed out on the opportunity as great books are hard to come by down here; we must constantly browse bookstores or browse through www.juraganbuku.com

Ok, first impression of reading the beginning of the book, I directly reflected and said, “wow, this is me and my concept of life but just never knew how to interpret it until clearly manifested and stoned carved by the great Tim Ferriss.” I’ve been envisioning the new rich lifestyle all along but just never confident about my own concept and notion of life that I was always being shunned out or mistangled by the notion of ‘normal people lives’ – go to school, get a good job, get married, have kids, and teach the same process to our kids.

Luckily, it has been defined and answered and I’m going to prove the world that living the life we choose is the ideal way to live this short life. We shouldn’t be told how to live our own lives, as we were born alone and will end this life alone. We must choose to be happy with love and integrity.

Ok, back to the 4 hour week; I’m still halfway into the book as the book consists of many eye popping concepts that seem “scary (in a good way)” to me, because I truly feel the same way. I do believe this is the book thats going to change my entire life forever. And residing in the third (3rd ) world, I’m going to prove that the new rich & new lifestyle does not only exist in first (1st) world countries, but me being a third (3rd) world citizen can also live the concept of the new life being from a background of simple-low economical status.

I’m not going to talk about the book much as I plan on taking you more to my practices of the book, as I work to live out the 4-hour workweek from the perspective of a 3rd world citizen.

Well, in some parts of the book, Timothy states that being ‘unrealistic’ is the way to perceive life, and so I’m thinking, would it be possible for me to meet him and talk about my 3rd world journey of living the new rich and new lifestyle?

Does anyone have his phone number? I’d like to call him up 🙂

Determination & Perseverance

On today’s post, I’d like to talk about perseverance and determination. Before we start, I’d like to define the definition of Determination and Perseverance below.

Determination – “The quality of being determined to do or achieve something; “his determination showed in his every movement”; “he/she is a man of purpose”

Perseverance – “The act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior; “his/her perseveration continued to the point where it was no longer appropriate”

Now you know the meaning of the 2 words, I don’t really want to get into the theories or write a whole alot about examples that will only make you argue your own personal situation versus that of examples from the post, but more into being able to reflect your own situation with that of whatever results you want to achieve.

I’d like to talk about failing forward as the best way to undergo perseverance and determination. As you go through the days to achieve whatever goal it is that you have in mind, you tend to be challenged by many around you especially your close ones (family, spouse, siblings, boss, etc). That is one of the biggest obstacles that you will have to face in following through with your goal in mind.

Many that care for you will tell you, “because I care for you, that is why i’m telling you this.. bla.. bla.. you’ve failed and your failing, so its best that you …. bla… bla..” only to make you think twice about your goal thinking to yourself (is this it or do I go on?) –> You think about it hard, you fall back on your plans, you adjust it, tweak it a bit and still questioning yourself, then the “Perseverance & Determination in your heart says, “screw them, they care for me but I care about my goal/dream”, “I must go on!”

That is the key to perseverance and determination.

You sort out and fight yourself that give thoughts of quiting into pushing yourself to accomplish your goal. Remember, all the greats, had to fail always in order to get to where they are right now. It is about failing forward to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve.

Listen to your heart and  keep on pushing it.

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