Last updated: March 9th, 2019
The 4-Hour Workweek is one of the most important books of the century. Tim Ferriss was ahead of his time when he published 4HWW in 2007.
Ferriss understood the social and technological trends.
He had vision.
He knew that concepts like remote work and online entrepreneurship were the future.
But, one of the most important concepts covered in 4HWW is the idea of taking multiple mini retirements throughout your lifetime.
It makes perfect sense.
Why would you want to retire at 60, when your bones are becoming frail, and your energy levels are dwindling?
Wouldn’t it be a lot more fun to experience what retirement feels like when you’re 23 or 33 years old?
What Is A Mini Retirement?
A mini retirement is your opportunity to live out your dreams at an early age.
Because there are no guarantees in life.
You could easily die before you’re 65 years old.
There’s no real reason for most people to wait until they’re 65 years old to experience what retirement feels like.
If you wait until you’re 65 years old to retire, you’re essentially robbing yourself of your prime years.
You should spend your prime years working extremely hard and living out your dreams.
To put it simply, going on a mini retirement is about having the best of both worlds.
What if I told you that you can visit an exotic continent, travel the Trans-Siberian Railway, go backpacking in Bangkok, or do anything else that you’ve always dreamed about doing right now?
This is very possible, and even healthy for you.
If there’s something that you’ve always wanted to do, you can go on a mini retirement, and live out your dreams sooner rather than later.
Because if you want to do something, you have to do it now.
The clock is always ticking.
Mini Retirements Aren’t A Waste Of Time When You Structure Them Correctly
One of the biggest fears that people have about going on a mini retirement is that they’ll experience a major setback in their business or entrepreneurial journey.
I understand this fear. I felt this fear too.
What if I lose my positive momentum?
The thing is, taking a mini retirement isn’t about getting drunk every night, being a total degenerate or leaving the workforce.
It’s about getting a taste for what your life will be like after you’ve achieved a high level of success in entrepreneurship.
Your brain needs to experience the pure freedom that comes with taking a mini retirement, so that you know this kind of lifestyle is real and attainable.
You need to feel what it’s like to wake up without an alarm clock, have a completely open schedule, and party until sunrise on a Tuesday.
These are magical experiences that most people will never have.
Your Mini Retirement Doesn’t Have To Be Super Long (Even Just One Month Is Great)
I’ve always lived a life of extremes.
I lived out of AirBnBs, traveled the world freely, and did whatever I wanted to for 6 months.
But your mini retirement doesn’t have to last 6 months.
Your mini retirement could be 1 month. Or 3 months. The exact duration of your mini retirement doesn’t matter.
What matters is that your brain experiences what’s truly possible for your life.
You need to feel that it’s possible to retire young.
After your mini retirement, you’ll come back to your business with an incredible reinvigorated vision for the future.
This is not some woo woo BS.
When you return from your mini retirement, the energy that you feel will be real and palpable.
You’ll be able to transmute this newfound energy directly into your online business.
Most People Dismiss The Idea Of A Mini Retirement (And That’s Exactly Why You Should Do It)
Most people will assume that you’re weird for taking a few months off from work.
And that’s exactly why you should do it.
Most people give average advice that gets average results.
It’s the outlier advice from high-achievers that’s worth considering.
At the very least, Tim Ferriss, the originator of the mini retirement, understands the power of radically changing your environment for a short period of time.
The Key Is To Maintain Your Positive Momentum Throughout Your Mini Retirement
During my 6-month mini retirement, I made sure to exercise 4 times a week, date beautiful women, make lifelong friends, and brainstorm powerful new business ideas.
Your best business ideas will come to you when you aren’t thinking about business.
I thought of Online Heaven while living in Budapest.
I had been building profitable affiliate websites for years, and suddenly realized that I needed to teach other people how to do the same thing that had made my life so amazing. This new business idea would help thousands of people start making money online, while also helping me become a better affiliate marketer in the process.
So I met this guy James Holt while in Budapest, and I told him about my plan to teach people how to build profitable affiliate websites.
James happened to be an online business guru himself, and he gave me some incredible advice that changed my life. He basically stopped me from pursuing a mediocre business model, and encouraged me to think bigger and bolder.
Exciting things like that happen when you take bold calculated risks and follow through with your dreams.
The key for your mini retirement is to maintain your positive momentum.
You need to be able to set yourself up for life-changing moments like the one I had.
During your mini retirement, I recommend that you go out and meet new people, brainstorm business ideas, and keep mentally sharp.
Mini retirements are a period of self-growth, not stagnation.
Your mini retirement should feel more like a “mindset optimization retreat” rather than a vacation.
You Can Even “Cheat” A Bit And Do Some Work During Your Mini Retirement
I know what you’re thinking.
The entire point of taking a mini retirement revolves around not working.
But if you’re anything like me, you’re a workaholic.
So there’s nothing wrong with doing a couple hours of work per day during your mini retirement.
You will do some of your very best work during your mini retirement anyway.
Why would you pass up the opportunity to write great articles, finish pages of your book, or put together a profitable affiliate website?
When you’re temporarily living in a new state or country, you’ll be in an incredible mental state. So you’ll definitely want to take advantage of your optimized “brain juice” by doing some creative work while you’re away.
Schedule Your Mini Retirement Today (It’s Very Easy)
Did you know that booking a trip well in advance will make you feel better today?
It’s been shown that scheduling trips in advance motivates you immediately, because it gives you something exciting to look forward to in the future.
It’s also easier to negotiate big discounts on AirBnB rentals when you book your accommodation 5-6 months in advance. So that’s something to consider as well.
Nowadays, it’s super easy to book an AirBnB, schedule a flight, pack your bags, and fly to a new city or country.
You can have an entirely new lifestyle in a matter of weeks or even days if you want to get away fast.
Book the trip. Right now. Trust me. You will NEVER regret taking a mini retirement, because you will ALWAYS return to your work with a much bigger and hungrier perspective.
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Taking a mini retirement legitimately changed my life.
Traveling the world for 6 months provided me with the fresh perspective that I needed to take my life to the next level.
I imagine you will feel a similar hunger after you embark on a 1, 3, 6 or even 12 month mini retirement.
But, my mini retirement wouldn’t have been possible without a healthy source of online income.
Having a reliable source of online income is what sets you free, and enables you to travel the world, pay your bills, and live an exciting lifestyle.
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