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Inspiring and revolting

The 4-hour workweekLast week, I posted a quiz asking our readers about the size of their vegetable garden.  I wasn't really surprised that 75% of the respondants use less than 40% of their potential growing area as a garden of any kind.  I was surprised by the reason, though --- time.

 In retrospect, I shouldn't have been so shocked.  Even Mark and I become starved for time, despite the fact that we strive to live as minimally as possible and only work 25 hours per week outside the home between the two of us.  So I couldn't resist checking out one of last year's New York Times bestselling books --- The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.  As the blurb on the back says, "This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches how Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per MONTH and 4 hours per week."

I found this book revolting, edifying, and inspiring.  Nice combination, eh?  Read more...

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