A Beginner's Guide: How to Rent Your Ideas to Fortune 500 Companies (Plus: Video)

A Beginner's Guide: How to Rent Your Ideas to Fortune 500 Companies (Plus: Video)

I first met Stephen Key in 2001. Two months later, I used a few recommendations of his — shared over the customary gin tonic — to help a friend double overseas sales in less than two weeks in New Zealand and Australia. How? Licensing. It can be a beautifully elegant model. Stephen is somewhat famous …

LitLiberation: How to Travel the World–and Get a Personal Assistant–for Free

First, a few questions from Eastern Europe for you all. Take a minute to seriously consider each: Envision the 5 books that have most impacted your life. How would your life be different if you’d never read them? Where might you be today if you’d never met the most influential teachers in your life, past …

How Much Does Your Commute Really Cost You? Calculate It… Then Kill It?

What is the true cost of your commute? One example comes from 4HWW reader Troy Gardner, who recently wrote to me: I’m still work focused (I like creating things!), but since I control my time/location, I’m reaping some of the rewards of being among the New Rich. My girlfriend and I will be spending the …

How Does a Bestseller Happen?  A Case Study in Hitting #1 on the New York Times

How Does a Bestseller Happen? A Case Study in Hitting #1 on the New York Times

Last Friday, the impossible happened and a lifelong dream came true: The 4-Hour Workweek hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list! Thank you all for your incredible encouragement and support. More unbelievable, this week 4HWW is simultaneously #1 on the NY Times and #1 on the Wall Street Journal business bestseller lists. How …

3 Bibles for Developing Clear Thinking and Problem Solving (Plus: Get an Original 4HWW Manuscript with Extra Content!)

3 Bibles for Developing Clear Thinking and Problem Solving (Plus: Get an Original 4HWW Manuscript with Extra Content!)

I have this on my refrigerator Feeling overwhelmed? Chances are that, after looking everywhere else, unclear or cluttered thinking is the root problem. Have you defined your desired outcome and eliminated the extraneous? Removed all of the busy but non-mission-critical activities that consume attention? Business books and consultants often skip the fundamental shift we need …

Mail Your Child to Sri Lanka or Hire Indian Pimps: Extreme Personal Outsourcing

Report: Many U.S. Parents Outsourcing Child Care Overseas [Ed. note: We’ve been able to repair some links by redirecting to the Internet Archives. Please allow extra load times for these pages.] How far can you push personal outsourcing? Can you outsource your dating? I did. Can you outsource your worrying? AJ Jacobs did. Reading to …

How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less (Plus: How to Negotiate Convertibles and Luxury Treehouses)

How to Travel the World with 10 Pounds or Less (Plus: How to Negotiate Convertibles and Luxury Treehouses)

The incredible Sony VAIO VGN-TXN27N laptop. This beauty is less than 2″ thick and weighs 2.8 lbs. If I add a few ounces of weight with the extended battery (on the right) and trick it out, I can get 15 hours of battery life. [Update: I now use a MacBook Air] The name of the …

How to Change The World with 200 Books — You Decide (plus Finalists of the Endless Summer Competition!)

How to Change The World with 200 Books — You Decide (plus Finalists of the Endless Summer Competition!)

My view from three hours ago in Fortuna, Costa Rica: Volcano Arenal (Photo from Arenal.net) One of the most common questions I get is: what now? Following the book, what’s my next project? I have a few interesting ideas brewing, but one is bigger than all the rest combined: double the number of science majors …