The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini

by Hank Coleman

The Other 8 Hours by Robert PagliariniYou day does not start when you get out of bed. It actually begins when you get home from work. The things that you do and the parts of your life that you value are a direct reflection of how you spend eight hours of your day. For a typical person, he or she spends approximately eight hours per day sleeping. Another eight hours of our day are lost to our job. But, there are eight hours of our life that we control, and it is those eight hours that define us, define our financial freedom, and in many cases define our happiness in life. Robert Pagliarini’s book, “The Other 8 Hours”, makes you think about how you spend your free time to create wealth, purpose, and happiness in your life.

I want to start off this book review by saying that this book is incredible! I had read Pagliarini’s first book, “The Six-Day Financial Makeover”, and I was less than enthused. But, he hit the ball out of the park on this one. I’m sad to say that “The Other Eight Hours” blew Gary Vaynerchuk’s “Crush It” out of the water and out of the number one spot of books that I have read this year. This book is that good. It should be on everyone’s summer / fall reading list. You need to get a copy of it, earmark pages, highlight, and take notes. Robert also has a great companion website for “The Other 8 Hours” full of ideas, downloadable resources, etc., and there is an awesome newsletter as well.

The Other 8 Hours” is broken down into eleven very easy to read chapters.

  • Chapter 1 – Life Begins At 5pm
  • Chapter 2 – The Living Dead and The Dead Broke
  • Chapter 3 – Getting The Other 8
  • Chapter 4 – Life Leeches
  • Chapter 5 – Shift From Consumer To Crea8tor
  • Chapter 6 – Big List of FAQs
  • Chapter 7 – The Cre8tor Rules
  • Chapter 8 – The Top 10 Cre8tor Channels
  • Chapter 9 – Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve
  • Chapter 10 – Find Your Pulse
  • Chapter 11 – Stop Talking and Start Getting

Here on this review of the book, I want to hit on two of the most important topics that Pagliarini covers in “The Other 8 Hours”.

 Shift From Consumer To Crea8tor. Most of the book talks about how to change your life by creating something. If you think about it, no matter how many times we can talk about bringing a brown bag lunch to work and skipping the gourmet coffee in the morning, that will not make you rich. No millionaire earned their fortune skipping Starbucks on the way to work and Applebee’s for lunch. People make a fortune by creating something either a service, product, special skill, etc. The author calls it becoming a Cre8tor, someone who does not just settle for receiving a paycheck but creates something to sell or market in order to take control of their own financial life.

Life Leeches. We all are guilty of this. I checked my e-mail five different times just while writing this article. What activities in your life distract you? How much television do you watch when you come home every night from work? How long do you spend on the internet during your free time? Those are part of the other eight hours of your day that you have sacrificed. Instead of earning additional income, you have subconsciously chosen to spend your time on fairly non-productive activities. Recognizing them is the first step, and “The Other 8 Hours” does a great job of that and helping you combat them.

This book is focused on helping you make an additional income through several means so you can live the life that you have always dreamt about. These are not “get rich quick” schemes but things you can implement immediately to boost your income. Some of the book’s suggestions include money making opportunities such as blogging, inventing, writing, starting a company, reselling things, taking advantage of fads, freelancing, or turning hobbies into income.

Who Should Read This Book? Everyone should read this book and could benefit from reading it. This is a career and productivity book. This is a book about living the life and you always dreamt about. You should read this book if you want to get better at your job or if you want to eventually leave your job. This book should be required reading for every budding entrepreneur or anyone looking to get ahead.

The Piggy Bank Rating – This book is five piggy banks out of five. You should definitely read this book, earmark it, highlight it, and hold on to it. Don’t pass it on to a friend. Instead, buy them one. Do not let go of your copy. This book is that good! See the complete guide to the site’s piggy bank rating scale.

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Hank is the founder of The Personal Finance Library and several other money and investing websites. He is a writer, entrepreneur, and professional in the government sector. He also writes about investing and money topics at Money Q&A.

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