How To Stop Worrying And Start Living Summary

how to stop worrying and start living summary

Are you tired of worrying all the time? Are your thoughts always so far in the future that you can never really enjoy the present moment? Well, don’t panic, there is a way to stop these constant negative thoughts! After reading this how to stop worrying and start living summary you’re going to have a great understanding of 3 tactics you can use to curb your worrying and start living in the moment!

This was the first self-improvement book I ever read, and it is that started a dramatic change in my life. I went from being a anxiety filled shy 18-year-old to a confident and social man. If you’re interested in the same thing happening to you then keep reading!

How To Stop Worrying And Start Living Summary

In this summary, you’re going to find some of the key principles that many people have used in their life to curb their worry! Including a step by step guide to defeating negative thoughts once and for all! This guide is never going to be as detailed as the book, but it will give you a good understanding of the principles in the book.

Lesson 1: How To Deal With Problems

Have you ever wondered where your negative thoughts and worry come from?

Most of your worry comes from the fact that you don’t know enough about a situation. Think about it. When you’re playing a scenario over in your head, what are you imagining? Is it something that is probable to happen. Or is it something that is most definitely NOT going to happen?

The first step to not worrying is:

Step 1: Collect All The Facts And Write Them Down Before Analysing

Before you start any kind of worry make sure that you know ALL of the facts. By writing everything down you’re going to be able to organize your thoughts better and get a better viewpoint of your problem. Also, you’ll find that writing your worries down is almost therapeutic. When you get your problems out of your head and into the real world you begin to notice most of the time they aren’t as big as you’ve made them out to be!

And most importantly make sure you keep this list as factual as possible. Don’t over exaggerate anything. You’ll realize that the majority of the outcomes that are most likely to happen aren’t bad at all.

Remember: ” Half the worry in the world is caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision.”

Step 2: Accept The Worst Case Scenario

Now that you have all the facts, find the one that is the absolute worst case scenario that could happen to you, and accept it. This is the hard part. To help you accept the worst case scenario think about all the different actions you can take to limit the damage. And you’ll find that each passing solution adds a little bit more strength to your resolve until the worst case scenario isn’t nearly as bad as it once was.

Step 3: Start Thinking About How To Handle Other Situations

You’ve spent a good amount of time thinking of all the possible solutions for the worst case scenario. And the best part is that this probably won’t even happen! Now it’s time to think about solutions for things that could be a possibility. Once again write down as many different solutions as you can for all the different outcomes until you have enough solutions to feel a lot less anxious than how you were feeling before.

Step 4: Make A Decision And Stick To It

Now that you’ve got all of the possible solutions to all of the possible problems, just make a decision. And once the decision is made don’t backtrack yourself or wonder if you’ve made the right choice. Just stick to your decision.

You should use these 4 steps every time you are worrying about something. Not only are they going to reduce the amount of stress you’re feeling over a situation but they’re also going to help you find better solutions that you may have thought up before.

Lesson 2: Stop Living In The Future

Right now is there anything IMMEDIATELY that you need to worry about? Is there a lion bursting through your front door? Are you half way through a car accident? No. Because you can only worry when you’re living in the future. You can’t worry in the moment because if something were to happen you’d be too busy acting to worry.

Understand that you can only worry in the future and by being in the future you’re only missing out on the now. Instead what you should so, as Dale Carnegie says, is live in day tight compartments.

This doesn’t mean that you should never plan and think about the future. You should have a good idea of where you want to be going and what you want to do. But don’t live there. Plan for the future but live in the present.

Ways to help yourself do this are by:

  • Averaging the odds that something negative is going to happen to you in the future (most of the time it’s extremely unlikely).
  • Don’t try and change something that can’t be changed. Whatever will be, will be. There’s no use worrying about something you can’t change.

Lesson 3: Only Worry For A Certain Amount Of Time

Never worrying about the future is quite unrealistic. And sometimes it might actually help to worry a LITTLE bit about the future. So the next big lesson is to only give yourself a certain amount of time to worry about the future.

If I cut you off in traffic today how long are you willing to stay angry at me for? Would you carry that anger around with you all week? Or would you let it go?

If someone was going to meet you but they don’t turn up, how long would you wait for them before leaving?

Think about your worry like this. How much time are you going to give to your worry? Sometimes worrying is inevitable but just like someone who cuts you up in traffic, there’s literally no point thinking about it all day.

Once you’ve found the solution to overcome your worry (Lesson 1), then the only thing left to do is forget about your worry. Because there’s no more you can do, except live.

Lesson 4: Only Focus On Postivites And Act Happy

Saying to forget about your worries is easy. Putting it into practice is hard. The next lesson is a little tip that you should use to help you overcome your worry. And that’s too start focusing on the positives and all the happiness you already have in your life. Do you know you can LITERALLY make yourself happy? If you want to be happy, start thinking positive happy thoughts. Think about all the things you are grateful for in life. Write them down. You can’t feel worried when you’re too busy feeling grateful.

And if that’s still not working change your body language. Just like your emotions affect your body the opposite is also true. If you’re feeling sad and you hold a big smile for a couple of minutes, you’re going to start to feel happier. If you puff your chest out and hold your head up high you’ll start to feel more confident and believe that you can take on the whole world.

Lesson 5: People Who Are Criticising You Are Envious Of You

Up until I was 20 I always worried about what people thought about me or what they were saying about me behind my back. And then when I started putting myself out there more there were some people that would try to put me down and make me feel like I was stupid. And a lesson that I wish I learned earlier from this book is that the people that are criticising you and hating on you, are envious. They’re envious of the life you’re living and the person you are.

There have been times in my life that I’ve criticised people because of envy. If someone played guitar better than me I used to say they were rubbish or that they were fakes. They were actually really good musicians, but my envy made me want to put them down. And it’s because I didn’t feel that I was good enough, not because they weren’t.

If you want to stop worrying about what other people think about you the answer is simple. If someone is criticising you, it’s because they envy you.

Lesson 6: Co-operate With The Inevitable

Life is filled with uncertainties, and some things are simply beyond our control. Rather than wasting our precious time and energy worrying about these uncontrollable aspects, it’s more productive to accept them and adapt accordingly.

By co-operating with the inevitable, we can focus on the things we can change and influence. Remember, life is a constant dance between what we can control and what we cannot. Embrace the serenity that comes with accepting the things you cannot change, and channel your energy towards what truly matters.

In my opinion, the best way to do this, is to continuously invest in yourself. That way when the inevitable does happen, you know you're skilled and confident enough to handle whatever comes next!

Lesson 7: Face Your Fears

Facing your fears is no easy task, but it is a crucial step towards personal growth and freedom from worry. Often, the things we fear the most lose their power over us once we confront them.

As you face your fears head-on, you’ll realize that they are not as insurmountable as they once seemed. Each time you conquer a fear, you’ll become stronger and more confident, paving the way for a more fulfilling and worry-free life.

Lesson 8: Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

In the grand scheme of things, many of our worries turn out to be insignificant. Learn to differentiate between what truly matters and what doesn’t. Don’t let minor inconveniences or fleeting setbacks consume your thoughts and drain your energy.

By focusing on what’s truly important and letting go of the rest, you’ll cultivate a greater sense of peace and well-being.

However, this can be easier said that done. If you do find you stress about everything big or small, then I’d highly recommend you check out the book Everything Is F*cked by Mark Manson.

Lesson 9: Build Your Self Confidence

Self-confidence is the foundation and in my opinion one of the number one ways to create a worry-free life. Believe in yourself and your abilities to handle whatever challenges come your way.

Recognize your past successes and use them as reminders of your resilience and resourcefulness. On top of that, constantly learn things that interest you, and try to skill up wherever you can, to increase your belief in yourself even further!

As you build your self-confidence, you’ll discover a newfound sense of empowerment, enabling you to tackle worries with courage and determination.

Lesson 10: Take Care Of Yourself

It’s easy to neglect self-care when worries consume our minds. However, taking care of yourself is essential for maintaining a balanced and positive mindset. Nourish your body with nutritious food, prioritize restful sleep, and of course exercise regularly!

When you prioritize self-care, you’ll notice increased mental clarity, improved resilience, and reduced levels of anxiety.

I cannot stress enough how much exercise and just getting out can help your mental health! It doesn’t have to be a gruelling hour work out, even walking and getting some fresh air in a serene location may work wonders for you!

Lesson 11: Help Others

Sometimes the best way to alleviate our own worries is to focus on helping others. Engaging in acts of kindness and compassion not only distracts us from our own concerns but also brings immense fulfillment and joy.

By extending a helping hand to those in need, you’ll shift your perspective and realize that your worries are not all-consuming. Together, we can make a positive difference in the world and find solace in our shared humanity.

On top of this, oftentimes when you help other people, it also feels like the universe starts putting people in your path who can help you too!

Lesson 12: Enjoy The Journey

Life is not a destination; it’s a journey filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. Embrace the process and find joy in the moments along the way. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, and savor the experiences that bring you happiness.

By embracing the journey, you’ll develop a resilient and positive mindset that allows you to worry less about the future and live more fully in the present.

Out of all the lessons you can learn from How To Stop Worrying & Start Living, this is the biggest one for life!

You just need to learn to enjoy the journey. I'm still only 30, but even now I look back on all my worries, and realise none of them ever came to pass. There were ups and downs, but I came out okay.

It can be hard to learn to enjoy the journey, but learning how to embrace the good times and the bad times, is one of the keys for a fulfilling life.

When the hard times come, try to find a support network you can rely on, and when the good times come, just enjoy them without thinking about the bad times!

And Those Are The Top 12 Lessons From How To Stop Worrying And Start Living

I hope you enjoyed this How to Stop Worrying And Start Living Summary, and that it helps you to live a happier more stress-free life! If you did like this book summary I highly recommend reading some of my other book summaries:

The Checklist Manifesto Summary

The checklist manifesto summary

How often do you use a checklist in your life? You probably scoff at the idea right? As if you need a checklist, you never forget anything. Well, what if I told you that checklists are used by some of the most intelligent people in the world. Surgeons and pilots alike use checklists every day. Maybe checklists are more important than you think? The Checklist Manifesto summary you’re about to read is going to give you a great understanding of why you should use checklists AND how to make an effective checklist.

The Checklist Manifesto Summary

The checklist manifesto has 3 main parts I think are important to take into account.

  1. Why checklists are important
  2. The different types of checklist
  3. How to make a successful checklist

Here is how to handle all 3 parts in more detail!

Why Do We Need Checklists?

There are a whole bunch of reasons that we need checklists in our life. So of the most common reasons are!

To Remember The Monotonous Tasks

There are so many reasons that we need checklists. Have you ever had to do a lot of monotonous tasks in a row? The chances are you may have forgotten to do one or two OR just skipped over one altogether. Sometimes those tasks you find incredibly boring are the ones that most need to be done.

I ALWAYS used to leave the oven on after cooking or leave my house keys in the front door. It’s such a simple action to remember but I’d always forget to take it. Think how handy it would have been for me to just have a checklist when locking up the house or after cooking a meal.

If I followed the checklist I would have always had the reminder to turn the oven off and take my keys with me. Luckily for me, I’ve never burnt down my house or had a break in. But you can begin to see that if you had checklists in certain areas of your life they could be extremely helpful.

There’s Too Much Information

Just think about how far we’ve come. We are in the information age. We live in a time where if you want to know ANYTHING you can just go on the internet and find your answer. Our technology has become so powerful that your cell phone has more computing power than the technology used to send Neil Armstrong to the moon.

And think about how far knowledge of the human body has come. In the fifties, if you had a heart attack you’d be prescribed a lot of rest and painkillers, nowadays they have a hundred different treatments depending on the circumstances and your lifestyle.

In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Guwande says that in this time of unlimited information having a checklist is more important than ever.

To Amplify Your Skills & Free Your Mind

We’ve all experienced moments when we’re so consumed by our tasks that we overlook essential steps, haven’t we? Does this mean we’re lacking skills? Not at all! Remember when I forgot to take the keys out of my house? It’s not because I’m not skilled or smart, but a simple oversight.

Checklists aren’t there to make up for our skill deficiency. Instead, they are tools to amplify our skills and free up our mind. They help us organize our talents, keep us focused, and ensure we apply our abilities in a structured and comprehensive way. Isn’t it amazing how a simple list can elevate our expertise?

You want people to make sure to get the stupid stuff right. Yet you also want to leave room for craft and judgment.

The Two Types Of Checklist

There are two types of checklist that are going to assist you in your day to day life. One of them Atul Guwande calls “READ-DO” the other checklist is “DO-CONFIRM”.

If you’re going to create a READ-DO checklist it means you’re going to read the step you need to take before completing it. I find this checklist comes in handy when you’re doing a task that is complicated. By reading over the point first you’re going to get a clear idea of what you need to do before doing it.

If you’re going to create a DO-CONFIRM checklist then you’re probably going to use it more for the monotonous tasks. This is going to be the tasks that it’s easy for you to skip over because they’re so boring or you think that you don’t need to do it.

How Do You Make A Successful Checklist?

Okay, so now I think I might have sold you on the idea of having a checklist in your own life. The next step is to create a checklist. But if you’ve never made one before, you may be wondering how to create a great one. Well, it all starts with…

Keeping Your Checklist Short

You may think about having one massive checklist for every little thing, consisting of 30 different things that are going to make it impossible for you to forget any minute detail. But this is going to be TOO many. If you have a checklist that is going to take more than a minute to read the chances are you aren’t going to stick to it. Atul Guwande says the ideal amount of points you want on your checklist are 5-9. Any less than that and there’s no point bothering with a checklist. Any more and you probably won’t end up following all of the steps.

Use The Language That’s Understandable

If it’s not just you that’s going to be using your checklist make sure that you use language that everyone is going to be able to understand. For example, working on a bar if you ask for the spec that means you need to know the ingredients in a cocktail. If I said that to someone who’s never worked in a bar, they might not know what the hell I’m talking about. So when making your checklist make sure that you keep the language simple and understandable.

Keep Your Checklist Simple

Would you remember a grocery list that goes into the details of each and every ingredient you need to buy? Probably not! We remember things that are simple and specific. This concept applies to checklists as well.

A checklist that works best is simple, specific, and easy to remember. It doesn’t involve fancy jargon or convoluted steps, but points out what needs to be done in clear, concise language. Because who doesn’t appreciate simplicity?

under conditions of complexity, not only are checklists a help, they are required for success.

And Remember, It’s Monotonous Steps That Are Often Missed

It’s not the hard steps that are often missed but the easy ones. The monotonous ones, the ones you REALLY don’t want to do not because they’re hard but because they’re boring. If you know you NEED to take these steps then make sure you put them on your checklist.

And keep your checklist short, concise and clear. Only put the essentials on your checklist to ensure that you don’t begin wasting time with what is unessential and convincing yourself that other actions are unessential as well.

Test Your Checklist Regularly

Now, imagine if air traffic controllers used checklists they’d never tested before! Scary thought, isn’t it? Just as pilots test their planes before take off, checklists should be tested in the real world before they are used regularly.

This ensures that they work as intended, and any unforeseen issues can be identified and addressed. After all, isn’t prevention better than cure?

Keep Your Checklist Up To Date & Relevant

The world around us changes constantly, and so do our tasks. A checklist that worked a year ago may not be as effective today. Therefore, checklists should be updated regularly to reflect new knowledge and best practices.

They are not static but dynamic tools that evolve with our tasks and responsibilities. Doesn’t it feel great to know that your checklist is always up-to-date?

Make Sure Everyone Who Needs To Use It Can

Ever been part of a team where communication gaps led to errors? I have, and just like you I know how frustrating it can be! This is where checklists can save the day! They should be used by everyone involved in a task, not just you or a couple of people.

When everyone works from the same list, it ensures clear communication, eliminates misunderstandings, and synchronizes efforts. Who wouldn’t want that kind of harmony in their team?

Has The Checklist Manifesto Summary Helped you?

Do you feel like The Checklist Manifesto summary has helped you? If so then get busy creating your first checklist! I know it’s easy to read something but the hard part is actually putting pen to paper and creating a checklist that is going to change your life. I guarantee if you do create a checklist you’re going to become a lot more productive in your life.

Just remember, though, while checklists are incredibly useful, they’re not a magic bullet. They won’t make problems disappear instantly or ensure perfect outcomes every time. But can they make a real difference in the world? Absolutely! They can help us stay organized, improve efficiency, and minimize errors. In a world full of complexities, isn’t it reassuring to have such a simple tool at our disposal?

If you did like this summary and you want to know ALL the information from The Checklist Manifesto then you can read the book here.

Either way, I hope this summary was beneficial and you use it to change your life today!

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The Compound Effect Summary: 10 Greatest Lessons You Can Learn!

the compound effect summary

How many times have you woke up and told yourself today is the DAY! I’m going to start going to the gym every day, I’m only going to eat healthily, I’m not going to waste my money, I’m going to save. And how long does this plan last? maybe 3 or 4 days before you give up.

Well, The Compound Effect Summary you’re about to read is going to show you the key principles that have been missing in your life and also WHY the key isn’t massive action but small consistent action every day.

The Compound Effect Summary – 6 Lessons From The Book

Here are the 6 best lessons that you can learn from The Compound Effect:

1. Small Positive Daily Actions Are The Key To Success

Let’s say your friend is trying to eat healthier. they tell themselves, “From this day forward I’m going to cut out all bad food and drink from my life. I’m going to stop drinking, stop smoking, and go on the paleo diet, I’m only going to eat fruits, vegetables, and meat.” How long do you think they’re going to stick to this plan? Because the chances are their willpower will deplete too quickly to see any noticeable difference.

But what if you had the same goal but a different plan. Instead of trying to do everything at once you decide you’re going to start by eating one less unhealthy meal and one more healthy meal per week. And as the weeks go on you’re slowly going to add more healthy meals. If you did this over a few months maybe you probably wouldn’t notice much of a difference. Maybe even after a year, you might not notice a difference. But after a couple of years, you’d notice that your diet is completely changed and you’d be living a completely healthy life.

So you see your goal shouldn’t be to change your life dramatically which is unrealistic and unreliable. But to change your life gradually, which is going to result in amazing growth over time and a lot easier to stick to.

An amazing example that’s used is that if you were to just cut out 125 calories from your diet every day (such as your morning coffee), after 31 months you would have lost 15 kilograms of weight. That’s an AMAZING result for such a small change.

Think Of It Like The Domino Effect

Have you ever observed a row of dominoes falling one after another? The compound effect works just like that. Every small action you take creates a ripple effect, knocking down barriers and propelling you closer to success.

Don’t underestimate the power of your consistent actions. Each positive choice you make builds upon the last, creating a wave of momentum that carries you towards your goals. Remember, the first step is all it takes to set the dominoes in motion!

2. If Success Came Quickly You Wouldn’t Appreciate It

The second amazing lesson from the book (and something I sometimes struggle with) is that if success were to come to you extremely quickly, you wouldn’t appreciate it. Take for example lottery winners. How many stories have you heard about lottery winners that have blown all their money in a year and are poor again? This is because they didn’t put the work in. They don’t have a true idea of the value they’ve been given.

Now think about if someone earned the same amount of money and worked extremely hard for it. Do you think they’d be so quick to blow all their money? Probably not. If you’re not getting the results you want to see don’t let this discourage you. You need success to take time otherwise you wouldn’t appreciate it as much. And would be more likely to end up losing it!

We are all self-made men and women, but only the successful take credit for it.

3. Your Daily Choices Shape Your Destiny

It’s not some grand event that shapes a persons destiny. People don’t make one life-altering decision that is going to change the course of their lives forever. It’s small choices every day that shape your destiny. You’re not going to become obese or bankrupt overnight. If you become bankrupt it’s because of a string of bad financial choices and if you become obese it’s because of a string of bad health choices.

But it’s the small decisions that are going to shape your destiny. The decision to eat a chocolate bar over an orange every day. The decision not to go to the gym instead of going. Or maybe the decision to spend all your money on clothes and the newest phone instead of investing your money. When you look back on your life it’s not going to be one BIG decision that has brought you where yo are now, but a lot of small decisions.

If you want to start changing your life for the better you need to understand this! It’s not ‘bad luck’ that has gotten you where you are now. But the small choices that you’ve been making every day.

4. The Trick Is To Create A Routine That Builds Momentum

If you want to make small daily actions that are going to benefit your life every day the trick is to create a routine that is going to help you build momentum every day. When I first started going to the gym I found it incredibly difficult to go every day. Some days I’d go at 10 in the evening, other days I’d go at 9 in the morning. The problem was I’d find it hard to stick to this. I’d have to build up the willpower to go every time.

If you’re looking to build momentum the key is to create a routine and just stick to it. Now I go at 10 in the morning every day. Doing this has created the HABIT of going to the gym which builds more and more momentum over time and becomes easier and easier. It gets to the point where it just becomes part of the natural rhythm of your day.

So whatever it is that you want to have in your life start to incorporate into your routine slowly. If you want to save money every payday just put some money into a savings account and forget about it. If you want to eat healthier every day just incorporate a healthy meal into your diet. Doing this is going to build more and more momentum which is going to make it A LOT easier to achieve your goals.

5. Stay Away From Things That Are Going To Have A Negative Effect On Your Momentum

Another key point in this book is that you need to stay away from anything that is going to have a negative effect on your momentum. If you were hanging around with someone that was always telling you you’re never going to be able to do something think about how that is going to affect your momentum.

Likewise, if you’re always watching the news or reading newspapers maybe you should try to stay away from them. The negativity that is spread in the media is going to give you a negative mindset about the world and how it is. Resulting in you losing momentum. I’m not saying that these problems don’t exist, but what I am saying is that having all these negative influences aren’t going to benefit you and your life.

Instead of hearing negative things try finding positive shows and music to listen to. Listen to inspirational speeches, podcasts on learning and information videos. These are going to have a much better effect on your momentum.

You alone are responsible for what you do, don’t do, or how you respond to what’s done to you.

6. Obstacles Are Going To Bring Your Closer To Your Success

Do you ever get that feeling like you bashing your head against a wall? That no matter what you do you can’t seem to get over an obstacle. Well, the good news is that your obstacles are actually going to get you to success quicker.

The moment you find yourself at an obstacle or like you want to give up, that’s the time when you should push harder! When I was younger I used to be extremely shy and didn’t want to talk to anybody. But, by constantly pushing myself I was able to become more confident than if I had just stayed inside my little shell.

What area of your life are you facing an obstacle in? Whatever area it is, remember that if you attack it head on and push past it, you’re going to become successful even quicker because of it.

7. The Magic of 1%

What if I told you that by improving your performance by just 1% each day, you could be 38 times better after a year? It sounds unbelievable, but the compound effect reveals that even the tiniest improvements, when sustained, lead to exponential growth.

So focus on the little things, those daily habits and actions that may seem insignificant, and watch how they compound into significant progress. So, ask yourself, what small step can you take today to become better than you were yesterday?

8. The Compound Effect is a Lifelong Process

Patience and persistence are essential when harnessing the compound effect. It’s not a quick fix; it’s a lifelong journey. Keep in mind that great things take time. Stay committed to your goals and trust in the process.

Through consistent action and continuous improvement, you will eventually reap the rewards. Don’t give up on your dreams; persevere and let the compound effect work its magic in your life.

I think for me personally, life gets a lot better when you do the best you can in one day, and then do it again the next. With the compound effect on your side, just taking life one day at a time is going to build better and better results!

9. It’s Also Important Not To Forget About The Law of Accelerating Returns

The more you do something, the better you get at it. The compound effect is not just about adding up small actions; it’s about the continuous learning and adaptation that occurs along the way.

Every time you practice a skill, you become more efficient, allowing you to accomplish more with less effort. Embrace the opportunity to grow and develop your abilities. Remember, the more you invest in yourself, the greater the returns you’ll experience.

10. BUT The Compound Effect is Not for Everyone

While the compound effect is a powerful tool, it requires patience, discipline, and a long-term perspective. It’s not for those seeking instant gratification or quick fixes. However, if you’re willing to put in the work and embrace the process, the compound effect can be a game-changer. It empowers you to take control of your life, make deliberate choices, and create the future you desire. Are you ready to commit to the journey?

Those Are The 10 BEST Lessons That You Can Learn From The Compound Effect

I hope you found the compound effect summary extremely useful in your life. If you start taking small actionable goals every day I KNOW they’re going to add up for you over time and produce some amazing results for you! If you want to read some more book summaries then you should definitely check out some of these:

4 Hour Work Week Summary – Top 10 Lessons From The Book

Have you heard of the ‘new rich’ and wondering whether it’s truly possible to escape the 9-5? Is this book just another shovel seller trying to sell the dream that everybody wants, or is there information in it that you can use to change your life?

This 4 Hour Work Week Summary will give you the knowledge you need to make an informed decision on whether you should buy this book!

However, one thing that is important to note, is that this book definitely isn’t a get rich quick book. Instead, it’s a book that will help you change your way of thinking to become more effective (not efficient) which you’ll find out about later, as well as give you a blueprint on how to get the ball rolling!

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What is the 4 Hour Work Week About?

If you’ve never heard about the 4 Hour work week or don’t know a lot about it you may be curious to what it’s about. The book is about ‘lifestyle design’. Instead of living a life that is preordained for you and most people… Which is stay in education for 20 years, work a job you don’t really like for 40 years. And then hopefully have enough money to spend the last 20 years of your life not working.

You can choose to design your life to make the things that are important possible to you. And this book is all about making it so that you can choose to create a life that you want instead of following the beaten path! But you’re probably saying to yourself that is too good to be true!

Keep reading this 4 Hour Work Week Summary to learn the key points that are made in the book!

Lifestyle Design and Retirement

One of the main emphasis the book makes is addressed early on. The fact that the majority of people wish away most of their lives waiting for the golden years of retirement. They sacrifice their best years of energy for ‘supposed’ security when they’re old.

But Tim asked himself what was the point? We live in an age now where retirement may no longer be possible for some people. With the value of currency going down due to inflation, 401k’s falling through and wall street crashes, retirement isn’t as stable as it once was.

So what is the point in sticking at a job you hate? When the promise of retirement may not even exist for you anymore.

What if rather, you find ways to increase your hourly wage massively and take multiple ‘mini-retirements’ throughout your life? This is what lifestyle design is all about. But how do you do that?

Key Points To Take From The Four Hour Work Week

There are so many different key points in the book. Here are the main take aways you should take from the four hour work week!

1. Follow A Different Set Of Rules

Tim Ferriss is a big advocate of the phrase ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission.’ And if you read the 4 hour work week you will understand why.

When you read the book you’ll begin to see that the ‘rules’ set by society are merely ILLUSIONS that we have all tricked ourselves into believing. Once you realize that reality is an illusion you can DESTROY your assumptions on what can and can’t be done!

I used to be under the illusion that you were supposed to just get a normal job and work until retirement too. I started this blog when I was 24 and a bartender. This book was on of the books that influenced me to aim higher, and now at 30 I own my own company creating blogs online! 

And this is entirely possible for anyone, but you need to learn to shift your views from what society has told you about what's possible and not possible.

So the big rule is to “never follow the status quo if you can do something that is more effective OR more fun”. Just because everyone else is doing it a certain way, doesn’t mean you need to do it that way as well!

You should always be looking for innovative new ways to do things better because this is where you can drastically cut the amount of time you need to make money!

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2. No One Wants To Be A Millionaire

…They just want to live a millionaire life.

What if you were told you could live a millionaire lifestyle at a mere fraction of the price. You could sip pina colada’s on the beach and still have enough money to vacation for as long as you want. Well, this is possible for you! All you have to do is free up your time and mobility.

Your goal doesn’t have to be ‘become a millionaire’. You just need to free up as much time as possible. While creating income from sources that aren’t tied to one specific place. The book teaches you that by outsourcing and automating processes, you are able to free up massive chunks of your time.

You might be saying to yourself “this is nonsense, it’s impossible to live a millionaire lifestyle”. Well, think about it this way. £1000 ($1350) may not seem like it will go very far. But how far would it go in other countries of the world?

With the rise of digital nomadism, it's easy to see how many people are doing this, and you can do it too! You just need to setup your life so that it works for you in this way instead of against you! 

In paradises like Thailand and Indonesia, you can live for as little as £20-30 a day, which is pretty cushy for the life you live! And also, pretty doable. All you need to learn is how to make that much money whilst working from anywhere in the world. 1000’s of people are already doing it. So why can’t you?

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3. Money Isn’t The Goal

If it’s not clear already, you should know that ‘making the most money’ isn’t the goal. You don’t need to make more than you need. The idea is to make enough money to fund the life that you want to live.

Tim Ferriss says that one of the worst types of people to be is the ‘living dead’. And you should avoid joining them at all costs. These are the people who spend money on things they don’t want, and spending time with people they don’t like so they can try to win the rat race.

Having money doesn’t make you happy. It’s not ‘about having or getting’ it’s about ‘doing and being’. When you can see this then you begin to see that money isn’t the goal but the feeling you get what you spend it on is. And remember that the amount of money you need to achieve these goals is considerably less than you think.

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4. Absolute Wealth vs Relative Wealth

The next big point in the book is absolute wealth and relative wealth.

You may think that John who earns £100,000 a year is more wealthy than Abby who earns £30,000 a year. But what if John had to work 70 hours per week and Abby only had to work 10. And what if John’s job was tied to one place whereas Abby’s job could be performed anywhere in the world. Then suddenly Abby seems a lot more wealthy.

And this isn’t even the half of it. This is an extreme example but what if John lived in a city where the average rent cost £2000 per month, and everything else he needed was priced in accordance.

But Abby moved to a city where rent was only £500 a month, and everything else was priced in accordance.

John’s money would get him nowhere. However, because Abby created a job where she could earn from anywhere in the world and moved to a place that’s considerably cheaper. Her money would be worth a lot more and she’d be in relative terms, more wealthy.

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5. The Importance Of Delegation And Automation

If you want to live this life, then it’s important you learn to do two things well, delegation and automation. Doing this is going to free up your time for more important things like having fun and thinking of new big ideas!

And with the rise of AI, globalisation, and increased education levels around the world, delegation and automation have never been easier!

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6. Learn To Be Effective Not Efficient

This is another mistake a lot of people often make. Tim Ferris says you need to learn to make the distinction between “doing things right” and “doing the right things”

The example he gives is that you can be the best door to door salesman, and be more efficient than anyone, and you’ll make sales.

However, if you wanted to be more effective, then you’d move away from door to door sales, and into a market where you get a lot more reach.

So whatever, you’re doing make sure that you’re being effective first, and then efficient.

This also ties into his thoughts about the 80/20 rule, where in most scenarios 20% of your work is going to give 80% of the results, so you should focus more on this and cut out the rest.

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7. What We Fear Doing Is What We Need To Do Most

Another great lesson from the four hour work week, and one that most of us know deep down, is that what we fear doing is what we need to do most. We see fears as indicators that we should avoid something, but in a lot of cases, they’re quite the opposite.

Your fears are the indication of the direction you should head in. Your dreams and goals are just behind them. Remember, all of life is uncertain, there’s no knowing what’s going to happen, so you might as well try to guide it into the direction that you want it to go!

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8. People Are Just As Insecure As You

This is a BIG lesson you should take from the book. Everyone is just as insecure as you are! Trust me. I started this blog when I was 24, and thought my insecurities would pass with time, now at 30, with a lot more success behind me, I’m still insecure in some areas.

And that’s okay. Everyone else is too! So whatever it is that you feel you need to do, don’t let your insecurities get in the way of your success. We’re all feeling the same way.

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9. Learn To Be A Quitter

This goes against a lot of advice people are often told, but learning to quit isn’t a bad trait, but a positive one. Remember this doesn’t mean QUIT everything.

In life and especially in business, some things are going to work for you and a lot of things aren’t. You need to learn how to identify these quickly, and learn whether it’s appropriate for you to keep moving forward, to take some time away and learn more, or to quit altogether.

Remember this is also the case if you’re not enjoying something anymore, too! Unfortunately, this skill can only come with time, and you must make a lot of mistakes to get the wisdom to spot the difference.

So start making these mistakes as soon as possible!

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10. If It’s Important, Don’t Put It Off

There are a lot of reviews about this book but I feel like this is one of the key points in the book that is often overlooked. And that is why I have chosen to include it in my 4 hour work week summary.

Part of joining the new rich is all about not putting off the things you want to do. Stop making pro and con lists and saying to yourself why it can’t be done. If something is important to you, then you should do it. Use it as motivation to create streams of money that will fund you!

The universe is NEVER going to line up for you. You need to learn to take the leap, and course correct as you go. I know it’s scary, but you can do this, you just need to believe in yourself, learn as you go and refuse to quit!

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A Conclusion Of The Four Hour Work Week!

If after reading this 4 Hour Work Week Summary you still aren’t sure if this right for you then I suggest you ask yourself the following questions.

What would you do if retirement was no longer an option? Would you still work where you are now? Knowing that is where you’re going to be when you die. Retirement is a worse case scenario. Don’t hedge your bets on that being the winning outcome of your life. Are you really willing to spend the best years of your life doing something you hate for a future that may not happen?

If you’re interested in the 4 Hour Work Week then I highly recommend that you buy it here:
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

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