I recently started reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss (* Amazon Affiliate link – this means if you buy the book or something else on Amazon, we’ll get a tiny percentage of your purchase, at no additional cost to you. As a very strict rule, I only share affiliate links to something I’ve used or read personally – I did finish this book and it changed my life). I’m not sure why I waited so long to read it. Maybe I had an idea of what it was going to be and didn’t think it was for me. As I started reading, I realized it was SO for me and in many ways, I’m already living my life like this.
The quote that grabbed me first was this:
“Let’s define ‘laziness’ anew – to endure a non-ideal existence, to let circumstance or others decide life for you, or to amass a fortune while passing through life like a spectator from an office window. The size of your bank account doesn’t change this, nor does the number of hours you log in handling unimportant e-mail or minutiae.”
I’m about 3 chapters in as of right now, but the whole idea of the book (basically, make your life like you want it…and don’t buy the societal myths of job security and using the best years of your life at a job you hate so you can have a comfortable retirement) resonates with me on so many levels.
I’ve made it no secret that we aren’t swimmin’ in the cash and livin’ the high life (financially). Truth be told, I’m making far less than I did at a 9-5 job….and some days, I’m like, sheesh, this sucks, people must think A, B, C….but after reading such a small part of this book, I’m not thinking like that at any more. Sure, I’m making less….but I’m living a MUCH fuller life!
It’s not about what’s in my bank account, I measure my life by the moments that are possible because of my work.
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