In his book the Four-Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss proposes that anybody can escape the 9-5, live anywhere and be unrestricted by time and mobility, which perfectly sums up what digital skills allow you to do. Here are 15 quotes about lifestyle design, escaping 9 to 5 and geographic freedom.
#1. “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
#2. “People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”
#3. “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.”
#4. “The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”
#5. “Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
#6. “The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.”
#7. “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.”
#8. “By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.”
#9. “Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.”
#10. “Doing something unimportant well does not make it important.”
#11. “By using money as the scapegoat and work as our all-consuming routine, we are able to conveniently disallow ourselves to do otherwise: ‘John, I’d love to talk about the gaping void I feel in my life, the hopelessness that hits me like a punch in the eye every time I start my computer in the morning, but I have so much work to do! I’ve got at least three hours of unimportant email to reply to before calling prospects who said ‘no’ yesterday. Gotta run!”
#12. “Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant. Being selective – doing less – is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.”
#13. “Becoming a member of the NR is not just about working smarter. It’s about building a system to replace yourself.”
#14. “I will take as a given that, for most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time.”
#15. “ ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way“.
Some final words from Tim…
Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never be green all at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect….
What are your favourite quotes about escaping 9 to 5 and living anywhere? Let me know in the comments below!