Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek


Let’s be honest. Based on the title, it’s hard to imagine that, as physicians, this book could possibly apply to us. I mean, generally speaking, our workweeks are just a tiny bit longer than four hours. Still, after reading this book, I can safely say that there’s a lot we could—and should—learn from it.

The 4-Hour Workweek is all about automating our lives. The author posits that if you perform any tasks that can possibly be outsourced, then you should outsource them.

Needless to say, we are physicians; most of us see patients face-to-face, and there’s very little we can do to systematize our primary jobs. However, I was personally able to apply some of these concepts to my life in general, and I’ve found it to be very pertinent to the other businesses that I run.

I think The 4-Hour Workweek is best thought of as a productivity book more than anything else.

Key concepts in this book include:

  • Abandoning the thought that retirement is the holy grail and absolute income is the most important thing
  • Relative income (the amount you earn per hour of work) is most important
  • Focusing on what your ideal life looks like
  • Compressing and simplifying your life
  • Changing your life to focus on liberating your time

Realistically, I think we all know that some of these things simply aren’t going to happen. Most of us went into medicine and our respective fields because we just plain like it. I’m certainly not trying to cast aside all those years of weekends stuck inside memorizing anatomy books just to become an internet entrepreneur.

But I am interested in the concept of having more free time. Having more time allows you to live your ideal life and follow your dreams. This book is all about being able to devote more time to those things, and I think we can all relate to that desire.

If this is a concept that interests you, take a moment out of your week to read this book. You may not be working a 4-hour week anytime soon, but trust me: you’ll learn a lot.

Have you already read this book? I’d love to know what you thought, so send me a message or leave a comment below.


  1. This is, hands down, one of the best and most powerful books I’ve ever read in my life. I have recommended it to countless people. The fact that you’re seeking it out says volumes about your level of self-awareness as it is and this book builds on that.

  2. Did this book inspire you to start your PIMD website? I would be interested to hear what you were able to specifically do. It’s going to be tough to negotiate a remote working agreement when some of us need to be in the OR at 730 am.

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