20 Inspiring Quotes from “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss


The 4-Hour Workweek is a step-by-step guide to breaking free from the constraints of a corporate job, getting started a business to support your ideal lifestyle, and living life like a billionaire without having to be one.

The world is always changing, yet certain things seem to remain constant. If you feel that your business is trapping you in a life that isn’t the best for you, or if you’re plain overworked, while other people appear to be doing very little and living their lives to the fullest, you should read this book to figure out what you’re doing wrong. 


Notable quotes

  • “But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”
  • “People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”
  • “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
  • “If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”
  • “The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”
  • “Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
  • “The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.”
  • “To enjoy life, you don’t need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren’t as serious as you make them out to be.”
  • “Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner”
  • “Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if you’re moving.”
  • “Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.”
  • “Many a false step was made by standing still.”
  • “It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.”
  • “Poisonous people do not deserve your time. To think otherwise is masochistic.”
  • “Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.”
  • “Life is too short to be small.”
  • “Remember—boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.”
  • “The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.”
  • “Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.”
  • “$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows.”