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What the 4-Hour Workweek Won’t Tell You

You probably have heard of the book “The 4-Hour Workweek.” Extremely successful book by previously unknown author Tim Ferriss. Amazon best seller, and recently New York Times #1 Bestseller.

So if you haven’t heard of the book, you probably don’t follow that kind of stuff. Since Tim Ferriss has been *all over the place* it’s almost impossible for someone on the Internet subscribing to a few marketing or self-help newsletter to NOT have heard of the book.

You see, I’m even doing my part in promoting the book. Actually, because it’s a really good book. A truly enjoyable read, so I recommend you check it out at

But since you’ve at least heard of the book, if not read it, let’s talk a little bit about some things that the book won’t tell you.

Tim’s story is pretty cool, but they tried to romance it a bit to make it appeal to the target audience (upper middle class people who hate their jobs). He went from making $40K a year, working 80 hours a week, to $40 K month, working 4 hours a week.

But the good part is when Tim describes how he was able to travel around the world for 15 months in a row, spending less than he was at home and working only 4 hours a week. There’s a lot of good lessons there for productivity.

Here’s what the book won’t really teach you (or at least not in details):

First, how do you get to being able to take off for 15 months and work only 4-hours a day? Tim already had a really successful product that was earning him a good amounts in sales. But he was working too much. So he got smart and started eliminating the unnecessary, and found out he could get by on working just 4 hours a week.

But he spent a good number of years working HARD so he could get to the point of working only four hours a week.

I did the same too. It took me a while to build my business. With the knowledge I have know, I know I can get it done in less time, if I had to start over again.

At this point I’m more or less at the 4-hour work DAY. 3-4 hours, on average. And that’s because I want to keep growing my business.

The concept of working only four hours a week is a whole lot more appealing that the four-hour work day! Just a better, more appealing catch phrase.

But in the real world, the four-hour work *day* is more appropriate.

Stone Age Economics teach us that in pre-historic times, humans worked around 3-4 hours a day, on average. That’s before the we started growing our own food, thinking it would “free” us (such a loser deal in the end!), but instead we ended up working 60 hours a week to pay the mortgage…

In Fred’s school of Making a Living Doing What You Love, you want to aim at working around 15 hours a week on your business. That’s about what it takes to grow a successful business, to the point where you could take off for 6 months to Fiji if you wanted, or quit your current job.

Working around 3-4 hours a day really leaves you plenty of time to do the things you love, and yes, eventually you could be living the 4-hour workweek if you choose to.

But it’s a false expectation to think you’ll build a successful business and work four hours a week and outsource everything else overnight. But it only takes a good idea and some work (about 15 hours a week if you work smart) to get to that point.

In my course “How to Make a Living in the Natural Health Movement” I’m going to teach exactly how to accomplish that. I’ll give you the exact blueprint on how to work smart and get to where you want to go.

The course is expected to start in December, with registrations happening in October or November. So look for that soon. You can sign up for your free Do What You Love E-mail Tips here.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.