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Productivity / Professional development

Member must reads, part 9

Andy Willis and PJ Patterson share the business books that have had the most influence on the way they run their business.

Andy Willis

The 4 Hour Work Week … the book that changed my life

Picking up the The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferris at an airport newsagency was one of the best decisions of my life. It’s the reason I live the life I do now. The key message for me was to “forget the old concept of retirement and saving for the future – there is no need to wait and every reason not to”.

Now, I’m not so sure about the four-hour week being achievable but breaking with tradition, ditching saving for retirement and instead enjoying “mini- retirements” certainly is. I’m now enjoying an amazing lifestyle as a result of simply changing to this mindset.

And in the end, it’s been quite easy to achieve. My business didn’t require me to be anywhere or see anyone EVERY day, so I went about setting it up to be able to work from anywhere. I tested the theory by going to the French Alps for a full month in May 2013 and working from there. I now go back there for 2-3 months each year. I work from there, ride my bike, hike, immerse myself in the culture and live life.

I have since lent the 4-Hour Work Week to many of my friends in the hope that it will help them see that there are alternate options to the traditional way of thinking about work and life. When it’s not out on loan, this book sits proudly on my mantle as a reminder of how it has changed my life.

I would recommend the 4-Hour Work Week to anyone who is struggling with the work/life balance thing. This book will show you how you can start fitting your work around your life rather than your life around your work.

Read more about Working from Anywhere‘s Andy Willis in his Spotlight profile

PJ Patterson

Thus far the book that has influenced me the most is The Creature from Jeckyll Island by G. Edward Griffin.

It’s a book about monetary history and Central Banking. Sounds boring, but is a fascinating read. It is a history of money really. The book explains how money is created (yes it gets created), gets manipulated and is controlled by Central Banks. If you understand how the system works then you will understand how to protect yourself. So few people really grasp the concept of money and this book forms the core of how I advise clients and what I aim to do in my business

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