I specifically chose to read The Four-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris because it is such a large part of our collective knowledge at this point, or so I thought. I've heard the book referenced countless times in financial and personal and career development blogs. I thought I knew what it was about - creating efficiencies at work and eliminating distraction. What this book actually promotes is completely leaving a normal job and quite literally spending only 4 hours a week (or less) managing a business. Here's a quick summary: 1) start a business, 2) outsource everything, 3) live a fantastic life of luxury and travel. Seriously. Soooo I have to more or less give the book some thumbs-down. Ferriss advocates finding a "muse" - a business idea that can be fully automated and then outsourced. He offers three options for creating this "muse": resell a product, license a product, and create a product. And then he tells you lots of ways you can make this happen. If you believe. And no, I don't. I think some people can get rich quick this way. And I think most will blow some money trying and go back to their 9-5s. The value in this book - and I do find considerable value in this book - is in reexamining your life and lifestyle. I was inspired by this book to work toward a goal in my employment. I don't want to put this on the internet, but I'll let you know if it works. The book also gives lots of great details about how to negotiate, how to talk to employers, how to get the most out of long-term travel. I'd recommend it, but with a heaping tablespoon of salt. And if you can make his tactics work for you, I'm sure you'll be glad you did.