The 4-hour Workweek

31 Mar 2012

This is a very very good book, even though the introduction is a little bit bogus and pretentious. It sounds like the work-at-home advertisement in Thailand.

Anyway, the philosophy presented in the book is impressive. I like it a lot.

One of them tells us to focus on attention, not time. Time without your attention is simply useless.

It also states that the word “happiness” is too vague to bear any meaning. We should shoot for excitement instead. I agree that excitement is a good, practical synonym for happiness.

Another motto I like in this book is “Never aim for a perfect product”. A product will never be perfect. You know? You can learn to speak a language with 90% accuracy rate within 6 months, but if you want to improve to 95% accuracy rate, it will take you more than 20 years…

I will also exercise one technique in the book. It is to finish one critical task before 11am everyday. No checking e-mails or chitchat before it.

On each day, I'll just direct all my attention to a critical task. That's one good technique.

The book even offers a speed-reading technique, which is basically called “chunking”.

The book is 415-pages long. I started reading on around 9am and finished on 6pm.

One page contains 200 words, optimistically. My reading speed rate is only 154 words per minute…

Why the fuck do I read so slow?

I should also practice chunking more often. Maybe I will practice it 10 minutes a day.

Give it a kudos