Response to a response to The 4-Hour Work Week

Time Ferriss wrote a book called The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.  Then Dorie Clark published an article in the Harvard Business Review calling the book “snake oil.”

There’s some truth to her assertion.  The world is full of people looking for a way to get something for nothing, so such a book is likely to appeal to them.  But reading Dorie’s claims that “you can’t compete by working a 40 hour week,” and that your “nights and weekends, and your vacation” should be spent in part working seem a bit extreme…not to mention slightly depressing.  She may have missed some of the points in the book.

Whether you spend 30 hours a week or 80 hours a week “working” you might have equal success.  Of course this all depends on your definition of work, as well as your definition of success.  The point is, if you’re looking at a clock and killing time until it runs out so you can go home and zone out to T.V., then no, you’re not going to be competitive.  But if you’re truly engaged in what you do, you won’t be watching a clock.  You’ll stop when you feel satisfied you’ve achieved something – on some days it might take a couple of hours, and on other days you’ll be pulling all nighters.

Either way, we think it’s important to know when to turn off the iPhone.  And it’s okay to take a vacation – a real vacation.

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