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The 4-Hour Workweek

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Throughout the semester, we will be reading a book called The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (4HWW). Tim Ferriss, the author, has some interesting views on the process of starting a business and lifestyle design. We will read the book over 14 weeks, which gives cushion at the beginning and end of the semester. We will read through page 307 and may reference some of the supplemental materials at the end of the book. Reading 307 pages over 14 weeks means we will read about 22 pages per week (3.1 pages/day over 7 days or 4.4 pages/day over 5 days) or 5.5 pages/day over 4 days). Audio versions can be found.

Spring 2020: I will work to reduce the number of pages you are required to read each week by having you skip certain sections. Feel free to read more if you are interested. Pick up reading or end at a natural spot, for example, if a sentence finishes on the next page.

In order to demonstrate your understanding and completion of our reading materials, we will use a discussion-based format. If the discussion format is a failure, we may need to revert back to the dark ages of weekly reading quizzes. Discussions will be graded randomly throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, I will excuse two missed discussions. 

We will leverage the TQE Method as our discussion format described (steps, processes, and tips) in the links below.
How will this look in our class?
  1. Each week on our discussion day you will break into small groups of 4 to 5 or less (could be adjusted).
    • Remember to bring in your book on the discussion day.
    • If you are not done reading, you can finish in the hall and then join the discussion.
  2. You will have 8,10, or 15 minutes to discuss your TQE's (thoughts, lingering questions, and epiphanies). The goal is to be actively discussing the whole time. 
    • Use this link or the links above to reference discussion stems or prompts. As we move through the semester, hopefully, discussions become more complex. 
      • Looking for meaningful conversations, more than, "It was good" or "I liked it". Keep asking why. 
    • I would recommend recording your conversations (eg. notes). The collaborative page can be used.
    • At the end of the time period, each group needs to choose their top 2 TQE's and add them to the collaborative page for that week. 
    • Active discussion is the goal, which should lead to top TQE's. The goal is not finding some TQE's then stopping. 
  3. Once each group has added their top TQE's, we will discuss them as a large group.
    • Expect to have follow up questions from other groups.  
  4. Each week I will keep track of the students actively participating (not distracted) in small group and large group discussions (tracked in Skyward and/or a spreadsheet). If you are actively participating (not distracted), you will receive credit for that week (7 points per week, unless combined).
    • If you did not receive credit for a week, there may be alternate opportunities to receive those points.
    • If you are gone during our discussion day, you will need to meet with me outside of class to discuss the reading or explore alternate opportunities to receive those points.
      • Give me a summary of the weeks reading in three minutes or less.
      • What were your top two TQE's from the reading? Why?
      • How might you apply something from the reading in your life (now or the future)?

Discussion #1 | Through Page 23
Pg. 6 - 11, 20 - 23 = 10 Pages

worst case scenario
Discussion #2 | Through Page 47
Pg. 30 - 37, 40 - 44 = 13 Pages

eye gaze
Discussion #3 | Through Page 64

Pg. 48 - 51, 54 - 57, 60, 64 = 10 Pages

Fail Better Challenge - $25 Food-Based Reward

Eddie Vedder
Your book describes this challenge in more detail and includes strategies for success. The winner will be eligible for a food-based reward based on their input (eg. two lunches for you and a few friends). I have to purchase the food reward and it will be up to $25. 

Contact an impossible to reach person and get them to answer at least one genuinely interesting question about their life.

Here are the stipulations/rules:
  • I have to approve the person
  • It cannot be someone you know or have a connection with already
  • You have to have evidence of the communication (video, recording, email, etc.)
  • Only one prize will be given. This challenge is available for two weeks and the winner will be the person that contacts the most impossible to reach person. For example, the Vice President of the U.S. would be harder to reach than a state representative. 

The Challenge - Dreamlining 15 pts


We have already looked at goals for our future, but as your book describes, dreamlining is different. Complete the Dreamline Worksheet linked below to create your ideal future. You are creating a six-month dreamline. Make sure to have five items in each category (having, being, doing) with realistic costs (may require research). Choose your top item in each category and follow the instructions to determine your TMI and TDI for those three top items. Also, include three or more steps you can take now to make the top dreamline items a reality. Show me your completed dreamline in class for credit and be ready to answer the following questions:
  1. Were you surprised by the TMI and TDI amounts? Was it more or less than you expected?
  2. Which of the items gets you the most excited?
  3. Will you actually take steps to make any of the items a reality? 
Dreamline Worksheet CREATE AN EXAMPLE
Ideal Lifestyle Costing - More resources on dreamlining from Tim Ferriss' blog/website

time management
Discussion #4 | Through Page 85
Pg. 68 - 78, 84 Comfort Challenge  = 11.2 Pages

information overload
Discussion #5 | Through Page 108
Pg. 87 - 90, 94 - 96, 106 & 107  = 9 Pages

Discussion #6 | Through Page 130

Pg.  109 - 111, 121 - 130 =   13 Pages

I will be gone for discussion day this week, so we will use a slightly different format. Each person will share individually this time around. 

Individual Video Reflection/Discussion (2nd3rd)
  • Everyone (individually) will use the appropriate padlet link above to add a video reflection from this weeks reading. Follow these steps (Android screenshots, iOS is very similar):
    • Go to the link above from a mobile device
    • Create a new post by click on the plus sign
    • Add your name as the Title
    • Click the three dots (ellipsis)
    • Choose the Film option
    • Record your video reflection
    • Make sure your name is set as the Title and hit POST
    • If your device doesn't work for some reason, borrow someone's device quick and get it done
  • In your video reflection of one minute or less, share one main thought, one main question, and one main epiphany from this week's reading. Also, tell us how you might/could use something from this reading in your own life (now or the future). 
  • You will watch and comment on two other classmates video reflections. 
  • This can be done whenever you are finished with the week's reading, but no later than Friday.

Discussion #7 | Through Page 154

Pg. 131, 148 - 154 = 8 Pages

Small Group Discussion Collaboration & Top 2 TQE's (2nd3rd)
- Add your group member's names

The Challenge - Your Own Personal VA Visual 15 pts

Answer question three on page 147 of your 4HWW books with a visual using Thinglink (choose free busn. acct.), an infographic, or Google Drawing. Thinglink lets you create annotated images. We will look at an example in class. Your visual should have ten points with ways you would use your own virtual assistant or personal assistant (your books focuses on VA's). Ideally, you have a combination of work or time-consuming tasks and fun/enjoyment tasks. You can think about how you would use this service now or maybe five to ten years in the future. You should include five or more images. Add links for extra flair. 



Add your visual to this collaborative page. Show me in class and be ready for questions to receive credit. 

new product
Discussion #8 | Through Page 178

Small Group Discussion Collaboration & Top 2 TQE's (2nd3rd)
- Add your group member's names

The Challenge - Find Yoda - 20 Pts

You may team up with one other person to complete this project. Conduct an informational interview with someone that could be a mentor either now or in the future. The mentor might be related to your JACP companies or a business function within your companies (eg. marketing, supply chain, etc.). The mentor could be related to future career goals, athletics, or passion projects/activities (eg. rock climbing). Follow the guidelines below:
  • Ideally, the mentor is not someone you currently know. Acceptions may be allowed but must be pre-approved. 
  • Prepare at least ten questions that you can ask the mentor to gather information. 
  • Try to document or have evidence of the interview (notes, digital communication, video, audio, etc.). 
  • Reflect on what you learned from this exchange. 
  • Meet with me to discuss:
    • Who you interviewed and why you chose that person. 
    • What types of questions you asked about.
    • Evidence or documentation of the interview.
    • Key takeaways and reflection on the experience. 
    • Was this a valuable experience?

Discussion #9 | Through Page 199

Small Group Discussion Collaboration & Top 2 TQE's (2nd3rd)
- Add your group member's names

Google Adwords - How it Works
(Not as valuable if you can't track customers)
Add SYOB Ch 16 What's Your Deal? The Golden Rule pg. 229

ghost in the machine
Discussion #10 | Through Page 223

Small Group Discussion Collaboration & Top 2 TQE's (2nd3rd)
- Add your group member's names

Comfort Challenge: Are you brave enough to give this a try?

remote work
Discussion #11 | Through Page 250

Small Group Discussion Collaboration & Top 2 TQE's (2nd3rd)
- Add your group member's names

Discussion #12 | Through 
Page 276 (25)

Small Group Discussion Collaboration & Top 2 TQE's (2nd3rd)
- Add your group member's names

The Challenge - Mini Retirement

Plan your own personal mini-retirement to another country. Using the following categories (also listed in your book on pg. 258-259), include at least one item for each category with a description and a cost. You will total the final cost and time period (at least four weeks). You should include multimedia elements and a creative format. Sutori, Adobe Spark, or Google Sites might be good tools to use. 

Use the Tools And Tricks starting on page 277 to help plan your trip. 

Destination - Make sure to include where you are going (another country)

  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • Transportation
Self assess your project using this rubric (make a copy). Meet with me to discuss your self-assessment and show me your finished project.

Add your project to this collaborative page.




lifelong learning
Discussion #13 | Through 
Page 301 (24)

Small Group Discussion Collaboration & Top 2 TQE's (2nd3rd)
- Add your group member's names

slow dance
Discussion #14 | Through 
Page 307 (6)

Discuss the last two chapters & overall book reflection.

Small Group Discussion Collaboration & Top 2 TQE's (2nd3rd)
- Add your group member's names

Discussion #15 | Through Page ...

Grab your books and turn to page 351, Case Studies, Tips, and Hacks. Team up with a partner and choose one of the short case studies to read. Once you have absorbed the information, use it to write an online dating profile for the person who wrote the case study. Make sure to include elements from the case study in the profile. Be creative and make sure they are school appropriate. Include an image that ties in with the profile. 

Add your profile to this collaborative page (2nd, 3rd) and be ready to share. 

Case studies & everything else??? 

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