In Tim Ferris’s book “the four-hour-work-week, ” he sets out an audacious idea he himself has lived. By changing from the normal suburban rat race lifestyle, dictated by every minute scheduled by others, to one where he takes control of his only two real assets in life … time and mobility.
As a reviewer of the book says “Real wealth comes from time and mobility, as well as money, and those who have learned to build these dual additional currencies have become what Tim calls the “New Rich.” This is one of the underlying truths of the book: people don’t want to be millionaires; they want to experience what they think only millions can buy. This book is about having a lifestyle of complete freedom without having a million dollars, by using the currencies of time and mobility”.
I got married in 2008 and for both of us, it was our second marriage. We spent 6 weeks on honeymoon at La Victoria Resort in Mauritius, where we got to talking about our future and that of our children. Could it be possible to change the way we were living? 50 weeks of a 50 to 70-hour weekly grind, in order to pay for assets that kept us bound to place and afforded us a two-week holiday once a year and a couple of weekend breakaways, if we could spare the time.
So, we decided to sell it all, move to Mauritius and build another new more mobile life which would give us more freedom.
After 8 years, we have seen the benefit of creating a mobile lifestyle, where time is our most valuable commodity. Time for friends and family, time to enjoy activities and creating flexibility and opportunity to travel and explore the world. All while spending less time earning a living. So what can a 4 hour – 4-day lifestyle look like?
For those who have already invested 10,000 hours in developing their knowledge, experience, and skills and working in a known corporate environment, the biggest hurdle to overcome is fear… fear of the unknown and fear of leaving their comfortable day-to-day existence, fear of whether or not it will work. However, for those who have reached the age of 50 or 60, this can be a new beginning.
So this is what it can look like working a four day, 4 hour work week as an Interim or part-time CFO in Mauritius, which is the business I have developed in Mauritius, part of the CFO Centre /FD Centre worldwide with over 8,000 years of combined experience and with control of over £5 billion of revenue, our team comprising top CFO’s worldwide. ( www.thefdcentre.co.uk )
You get to choose 3-5 good clients who fit with your experience and inclination and then your get to provide interim or part-time CFO support to the CEO and senior management, which usually means a half day of strategic management input 2- 4 times a month, maybe more if there are projects you agree to manage or support. So 9:00 -13:00 could be spent helping realize his business plan of the entrepreneurs you choose to work with and 14 :00 to 18:00 could be chilling on the beach with your significant other, playing a round of golf on some of the best golf courses in Africa, cycling through the mountains, or scuba-diving etc.
Mauritius has a special deal for professionals and retirees (See www.investmauritius.com)
Thank you to Mike Gray for sharing his current life choices with us. There are many opportunities out there and we need time to explore and change the way we live our lives.
Learning to Refire and not retire is key as you plan your next life stage.