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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book is about self-discipline, that's it. There are some interesting advertising campaigns, and some of the tools and tricks described are quite helpful. Also, when you enter the author's website, you get a credit for Google Adwords, which is nice.
However, almost all that's written in this book is nothing new. It goes without saying that you can learn a language in three months' time when you have nothing else (like work) to do besides. The techniques the author mentions on how to work most productively are known to anyone: When I have a deadline to meet it's totally clear that I don't answer the phone or refrain from watching the news or reduce checking my e-mail to just the essential. I don't need to read a book to tell me so.
I happened to see this book in the amazon top ten list and read the reviews - on amazon US that is. They were all enthusiastic, praising the book to the skies, treating it like a revelation, which induced me to order it. After reading the first chapter I was totally disappointed and checked the reviews on amazon UK, which were completely different, more realistic and not so naive.
Being a tutor for foreign languages myself, I fully agree with the bonus chapter on the website "Why language classes don't work". And I'm quite thankful for these pages, so I can show my students that there's someone else who thinks like me and I'm not making things up. What the author writes is in no way wrong, but again, to me this is nothing new. It's how I handle work - and life in general - without any script.
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