I was recently introduced to the book The 4-Hour Work Week. The warning I recieved was you just need to keep reading through the first 20% of the book. I went and downloaded an audiobook of this to listen to on the way to work. My first impression was this guy was out there and this was not something a normal person would do. How could you? This is not how the world works? But I kept with it and the book is really amazing. You can take the concepts as far as you would like or are comfortable with.
The author Timothy Ferris lives a great lifestyle of living life by creating an income flow that can be managed on a minimal basis yet provides enough to do some of the most amazing things in the world. This book fits well with my current delima of what to do in life. His advice is to find a way to live life and not wait until retirement to do the things you want to. He has foreseen all the excuses and eliminates them. He also does a great job at giving a step by step guide to developing all the pieces necessary. This is truely a book written by someone who has done this.
The ideas I have grasped on to are the outsourcing and automating a business. I currently run an eBay business but I know that it could run 100x smoother if I spent some time makeing it that way. I spend bunches of time to get it back in shape. I am going to experiment with outsourcing at work this quarter. He give details on what outsourcers in India and China will do - basically anything they do not need to be physcially present they can do. I am going to see where I can get some leverage out of this for report design, spreadsheet work and research. Based on the sucess I will expand this to further businesses or my personal life.
I think that anyone should read this book. If you go to a job each day and are saving for tomorrow then this is a must read. The only requirement is to have an open mind and explore the possibilities. Timothy might disagree with this but you can take as many of these items to apply as you feel comfortable with. They have created a great website that has lots of additonal resources. Hint - you have to have the book to get the full use out of the site.