I recently finished reading the book The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated) by Timothy Ferriss. This book is amazing and has a lot of great tips for leaders.
Reading the title you may ask, “How can you be a great leader if you only work 4 hours a week?” Well, the principles you will learn from this book will help you to be a more focused and purposeful leader. Tim Ferriss teaches you things you can do to eliminate the fluff from your life so that you don’t spend time doing things that others could or should be doing and you will learn how to actively determine what is worth your time and what is not.
The 4-Hour Workweek
When I read this book there were many great lessons and pointers that will help me to be a better leader and be more successful in the future. Of all the great things I learned, there were five main points that will benefit leaders. Those points are:
1. Define what you want out of life rather than your career.
As a leader, it is really easy to get caught up in seeking the next step of progress as you try to climb the corporate ladder. You can become so focused on the next promotion or advancement that you lose sight of why you are doing what you are doing. You should instead focus on what you want out of life, i.e. your personal, family, and educational goals, trips you would like to take, places you would like to see and things you would like to do.
When you focus on what you want out of life rather than a career, it is much easier to change your job or occupation to fit your life goals. This approach allows you to be more successful as a leader because it causes you to think more deeply about what you spend your time doing. If you are a leader and your heart isn’t in it, you probably won’t be the best leader you could be. You will probably only be a half-hearted leader at best if your heart is in a different place. [Read more…] about Why All Leaders Should Read The 4-Hour Workweek