Reviewed – The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

This book was published in 2007 and is still a best-seller. I’ve always found the title unbelievable and had no desire to read the book. When my son got it out of the library recently (using my library card, of course), I decided that it was time to take a look.

The essence of The 4-Hour Workweek is that you streamline your business and outsource what you can, so that you are not stuck in the minutia of running a business. Ferris asks you to reflect on the question: “If you had a heart attack and had to work only two hours a day, what would you do?” He also believes that trying to fill the time between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM with meaningless tasks is a holdover from traditional employment and that the New Rich (as he calls them) should be much more efficient with their time.

I think the title is misleading. Clearly the author spends a lot more than four hours a week working – given that he’s an author, blogger and active learner. The book does give a lot of strategies for focusing on the important parts of your business and relying on an empowered team to make decisions. Ferris is clearly an interesting character and I think most business owners could learn a lot from this book.

Happy National Mountain Climbing Day!

National Mountain Climbing Day was established in 2015 and is celebrated on August 1. The holiday was created to honor two young climbers — Bobby Matthews and Josh Madigan – who successfully climbed the forty-six High Peaks of New Your State’s Adirondack Mountains. Their final climb was Whiteface Mountain, on August 1, 2015, and the pair were formally inducted into the Adirondack 46er Club in May, 2016. (Source)

How to write about National Mountain Climbing Day:
Are you a mountain climber? Describe how you got into the sport and share some of your experiences.
Is there a metaphorical summit in your life that you’ve climbed? It might be getting a degree or beating cancer. Share the journey and what it meant in your life.
If you could, what sport would you learn? Describe the sport and why it appeals to you.

What can be improved in your workspace?

A participant in one of my Facebook groups recently asked people to share their monitor(s). Oh my goodness! I had a severe case of Monitor Envy. I use a modest, 26-inch HP monitor for all of my writing. I purchased this monitor at Best Buy for less than $200. Most of the people in the Facebook group had multiple large monitors, including very cool 34 inch curved monitors. Given the amount of time most of us spend sitting in front of a screen, I think having a good monitor is a great investment.

To make me feel worse, my monitor is currently propped up on three thick books (Social Media Marketing for Dummies, the 4-Hour Body, and Access 2010) to bring it to the correct height.. Every day I look at this makeshift support structure and know I could do better. Now that I’ve seen other people’s desks, I’m determined to either purchase a taller monitor or find a more aesthetically pleasing stand.

Today, write about something in your work space that could be improved. How long has it bothered you? Is it an easy fix? If possible, make the change and write about how it feels.

Reviewed – Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again

When people learn that I live on Long Island, they often ask if I know Theresa Caputo (aka the “Long Island Medium”). Although I don’t personally know her, I have friends who do and sometimes I’ll see Facebook posts showing her attending local events. Theresa has a popular TLC show called Long Island Medium and has become famous talking to the dead.

This book shares her view of Spirit and how they want people to grieve. She uses many examples from her readings of loved ones who have passed due to accidents, suicide, illness and unexplained causes. The resounding message is that their souls remain with us and they want their loved ones to forgive, give up self-blame, and be happy.

Another interesting part of the book is Theresa’s story and how she learned to accept her psychic ability. This was not something that was supported by her Catholic faith. She’s also been widely criticized for being a witch and a fake. She need to embrace who she was and her journey was not easy.

I think this book would be incredibly comforting to anyone who has lost a loved one, as well as individuals who are struggling to live their authentic truth.