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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500242411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500242411
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Jake Desyllas founded Intelligent Space, an award-winning consultancy that led innovation in the field of pedestrian movement simulation and analysis. In 2010, he sold his business, quit the rat race, and retired early at the age of thirty-eight.

He is the host of The Voluntary Life, a popular podcast about entrepreneurship, financial independence, and freedom.

He has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate. He is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship both as an effective personal liberation program that is available to everyone and as a peaceful method of solving social problems. He is a perpetual traveler, a minimalist, a Getting Things Done (GTD) enthusiast, an avid reader of philosophy and psychology, and a marathon inline skater.


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Jake Desyllas is the host of The Voluntary Life, a podcast about entrepreneurship, financial independence, and freedom. In 2000, he founded Intelligent Space, an award-winning consultancy that led innovation in the field of pedestrian movement simulation and analysis. In 2010, he sold his business, quit the rat race, and retired early at the age of thirty-eight.

He has a bachelors degree, a masters degree, and a doctorate. He is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship both as an effective personal liberation program that is available to everyone, and as a peaceful method of solving social problems. He is a perpetual traveler, a minimalist, a Getting Things Done (GTD) enthusiast, an avid reader of philosophy and psychology, and a marathon inline skater.

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I recommend it to anyone with an interest in this topic.
Emily Crotteau
What I like most about the book is the way it’s written: straightforward, concise and to the point.
Zsolt Babocsai
This is the opposite of analysis paralysis, and how I like to go about work as well.
Kevin Koskella

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There are many books that talk about entrepreneurship. This book sells you on entrepreneurship as a viable path to freedom and then backs up the sale with solid information and experience to help you avoid the pitfalls of the journey.

Jake's experience was that "Entrepreneurship gave me the freedom to live every day as I choose." It's his conviction that entrepreneurship is the only path to financial freedom that is available to anyone, regardless of their background, and that it provides the best opportunity for anyone to experience the three most fulfilling intrinsic motivations in life: purpose, mastery, and autonomy.

The inspiration in the book is valuable. But it's especially valuable that that it's backed up with practical tools and strategies for overcoming the fear and hangups along the journey.

Topics include:
-How to break free from living under the bondage of other people's goals for your life (as an employee) and experience the thrill of expressing purpose, mastery, and autonomy.
-How entrepreneurship really is a viable opportunity for everyone and that the world would be better if all people embraced entrepreneurship as a career path.
-The fears and conditioning that hold us back and keep us as employees and useful strategies for recognizing these tendencies and acting in spite of them.
-The basis of all successful entrepreneurial endeavors (making something people want).
-How to build on your personal advantages to identify your target market to develop.
-Why entrepreneurship is the best tool for societal change and improvement (entrepreneurs are exclusively focused on making the world a better place).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Leavy on April 29, 2014
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I've been following Jake's podcasts for a long time. He's bright, thoughtful and has a deep understanding of human nature.

I initially bought his book as a low risk investment. Jake's podcasts have been consistently level headed and wise - while exploring what is possible for humans that examine their own life. I didn't know if his book would be any good or not, but it seemed a fair bet, based on what I had heard from him on his podcasts.

The book is a quick read. Under a day if you are a solid reader and generally understand the concepts. My measure of a book is usually - "How much do I disagree with this?" and "How much is novel?". At first, Jake's book came across as mediocre, as I pretty much agreed with him on everything and I only found a bit of it novel.

Then, on further thought, I realized that I am somewhat biased as I have been a life long entrepreneur, minimalist and world traveller. So then, I re-read it and started thinking about the friends that I know that are just now stepping into the entrepreneurial ring. The light came on, and I realized that the simple truths in this book - expressed in Jake's very credible mannerisms were just what I wish my sister and my friend could digest. Jake says what I wish I could say - but in a much friendlier way. Credible and simple and unassailable. I bought two gift books this evening. I think that is money well spent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Koskella on May 9, 2014
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This is not your typical business book. Jake takes a realistic, "get to the point" approach to the why and how of starting a business.

Personally, I loved his focus on the psychological obstacles we need to get over to jump into the entrepreneurial world. He says entrepreneurship is the best way for self-liberation, which I agree with, especially with relation to the work that we do. But this is not an easy transition. He delves into the "employee mindset" and the hierarchical view of relationships that most of us have, and how we need to shed this sort of thinking in order to be successful in the business world. Free-thinking is a must in the wild entrepreneurial world!

There are many practical tips and ideas in the book as well. Jake touched on the idea of customer empathy, which is so important yet not many are discussing this. Also the emphasis on tracking all kinds of data is so important, yet missing from so many business books.

Finally, the "JFDI" attitude is something that I completely resonate with and agree with. This is the opposite of analysis paralysis, and how I like to go about work as well.

Like Jake, I believe becoming an entrepreneur is the best path to finding freedom in today's world. This book is a must for anyone looking for more freedom and fulfillment in their life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Bell on April 13, 2014
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I first picked up this book feeling left out of the élite club of business ownership. I wasn't confident in the value I have to offer and didn't know where to start sharing my value sustainably. Now after putting it down though, I'm left buzzing with enthusiasm for just freefalling right into entrepreneurship and finally leaving the airless world of employeehood behind. What makes Jake's approach so accessible and down to earth is the fact that he speaks from his own hard-won experience. Some chapters gave me the drive and the inspiration I was needing and others got down to brass tacs and showed me the technical side of making a business really work at it's best. This book will save anyone years of re-inventing the wheel before stumbling upon their best strategy. Jake lays out the options which face boot-strapping individuals clearly and concisely. I'm certain I will need to refer back to this resource along my journey for guidance again and again.
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