4HWW – Dreamlining Answers

In the 4-hour work week, there is a challenge to put together a proposal for what Tim Ferriss calls dreamlining, or… what you would do if you could not fail.  You are to list what you would have, what you would be, and what you would do (in that order).  So here goes…

What I Would Have

  1. 4+ hours of quality time with my family (kids, wife) per day
  2. Time to run, bike, or do some other physical activity every day
  3. A motorcycle or scooter
  4. Comfortable clothes
  5. A six-pack

What I Would Be

  1. A great dad and husband
  2. Excited
  3. A confident entrepreneur
  4. A competitive endurance runner
  5. A competitive wrestler/fighter (jiu-ji-tsu, wrestling, or otherwise

What I Would Do

  1. Learn to Surf
  2. Be a legitimate, unique writer.  And write everyday, whether it’s good or not, whether it’s useful or not.
  3. Help under-privileged children, preferably in education
  4. Learn spanish and take my family to Nicaragua
  5. Run a multi-stage race

Convert Being to Doing:

  1. A great dad and husband
    1. Be fully engaged when I’m home and with them, minimum 4 hours a day
  2. Excited (to be alive and doing something)
    1. Travel somewhere new on a regular basis
    2. Writing about my adventures
    3. Helping under-privelaged children
  3. A confident entrepreneur
    1. Follow through with my many business ideas
    2. Making the businesses I have as profitable as possible
  4. A competitive endurance runner
    1. Train daily, both running and cross training
    2. Re-make friends in the endurance running feild
  5. A competitive wrestler/fighter (jiu-ji-tsu, wrestling, or otherwise)
    1. Join a training program
    2. Enter a tournament

What are the 4 Dreams That Would Change It All?

  1. Feel 100% connected with my 2 kids, as much as my wife
  2. Spend a month+ in another country (Nicaragua) just learning
  3. Build one or multiple businesses that can make a minimum amount of money for us to live the basic lifestyle we live
  4. Spend 1 month not working in the traditional sense (at my engineering/mgmt job), but make enough income that we come out even with what we spend

Calculate Your Target Monthly Income (TMI)

I feel like I’m being too simple as I read this, but my TMI is simple $3000.  This allows us to live the bare minimum lifestyle, but spend it together, me to be stress free, and giving me the time to invest in the other interests that I’m letting pass by.

Determine 3 Steps For Each Of The Four Dreams And Take The First Step Now

  1. Feel 100% connected with my 2 kids, as much as my wife
    1. Give my wife a back rub (ugh, this sucks!)
    2. Take both kids on a bike ride
    3. Take both kids on a bike ride to the park, and play with them for a few hours without mommy
  2. Spend a month+ in another country (Nicaragua) just learning
    1. Check cost of the trip
    2. Figure out how long it will take to learn basic spanish
    3. Set a date for the trip
  3. Build one or multiple businesses that can make a minimum amount of money for us to live the basic lifestyle we live
    1. Start up RXP (new website) (tomorrow)
    2. Continue with building SEO to other websites
  4. Spend 1 month not working in the traditional sense (at my engineering/mgmt job), but make enough income that we come out even with what we spend
    1. Duplicate of #3
  5. Live in the US, but location independent
    1. Tell my wife about my interest in this, and possible benefits
    2. Look at options to rent houses for months at a time
    3. Choose a target city and target date

This was tough, but I’m glad I did it.  I think the last list is the most  important, and what I plan on focusing on over the next few days.


4 Responses to 4HWW – Dreamlining Answers

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  2. Matthew says:

    With the traveling to new cities idea- how do you think this will affect your kids? ie education, make and sustain frienships, etc. I always worry that if I did this it would have a negative effect on their growth. I am not saying that it will in your case, I just want to learn if you had this anxiety and how you addressed it.

  3. Jen says:

    Why Nicaragua? Just curious.

    • I went to Nicaragua in 2008 and fell in love with Isla de Ometepe. It’s beautiful, cheap, safe, and the people are great. I went with some friends, and always wanted to take my family back there so they can experience it.

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