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Business Around A Lifestyle Volume 1 (First Step: How To Dream Your Perfect Lifestyle, Then Go Get It!) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Kukral , Carrie Wilkerson
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Book Description

As one reviewer said, "He isn't talking new Ferraris, private jets, and mansions." All of that kind of get rich quick stuff is b.s., and you know it. This is a book about understanding that you can live the life you want, where you can spend time with your family, and take vacations, and just be happy with your life. All by using the power of the Internet to build a business to make it happen.

ANYONE can do this. It depends on how bad you want it.

Do you want it?

This is a short, fast read that will kick you in the pants and make you believe and understand how you can do it.

NO fluff here. You can read this in a short plane ride and you will walk away educated and excited about how you can build your own business around a lifestyle.

This book, and the two volumes that will come after it, are written to help you understand how to live the life you always wanted, by building a business that can help you get there. A business that doesn’t control you. A business that doesn’t force you to work 80-hour weeks, or work on something you absolutely dislike.

There is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t have the life you always wanted. Life is too short to live that way. The stories and examples from the lifestyle entrepreneurs in this book will open your mind to this very true reality and hopefully get you to finally understand these facts.

So let’s get down to business. It’s time to change the way you think and show you how possible all of this can be.

Editorial Reviews


"I've done it. I've built a lifestyle I love around a business that I'm great at. In fact, my story is in the book. But don't read Jim's excellent book because of what I think. Read this book if you want to know how to do it yourself." Lewis Howes, Author of The Ultimate Webinar Marketing Guide

Follow the advice and inspiration in this book to find the life of your dreams." Dan Janal, Author of Reporters Are Looking For You

The book is full of inspiration and motivation and I know that anyone that reads this will come out enlightened and ready to take steps to change their own lives!" Dad of Divas

"This book has reshaped the vision of my goals, lifestyle, and businesses. The economy is changing as well as the the attitudes and desires of people around the world for more freedom in their lifestyle." James

About the Author

Jim F. Kukral writes books that inspire and educate audiences about how to find success in their lives and in their businesses.

Product Details

  • File Size: 355 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470008696
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Digital Book Launch (February 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reshaped Vision, Excellent Models, and New Meaning February 25, 2012
By James
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This book has reshaped the vision of my goals, lifestyle, and businesses. The economy is changing as well as the the attitudes and desires of people around the world for more freedom in their lifestyle.

The author of this book has been at the forefront of these changes as a living example of what can be achieved. He has also brought together an excellent set of examples that show the possibility for success in creating businesses to create lifestyles that people dream of. But he is ultra realistic about what it takes to succeed and what level of success you need to be happy.

He isn't talking new ferraris, private jets, and mansions.
Not that lifestyle. He is talking more time with your wife, kids, family, your passions, and with yourself. Whats going to really make you happy. That being said, he also isn't about becoming a minimalist or starving artist. Every story in this book is describing people who generate average to above average income, but they all experience freedom each and everyday to shape their own future by living for themselves and doing what they want to do.

The real world stories and interviews were so valuable and insightful by helping me think about how I can model my business to their advice and strategies.

It actually changed the language I will use to define what my goals are. Language is a powerful tool and I believe that describing things in the right way can help shift your focus and give them more meaning. I think that's what Jim has accomplished with volume 1 in this series of books, giving a new breed of entrepreneurs more meaning to the experience of creating a business around a lifestyle.

That's probably why he was able to pre-sell the book series and raise so much money before even writing them. Because people knew he would deliver on this content, which he has done. I look forward to the next books in this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good motivational book February 28, 2012
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This Kindle version is a quick read and certainly motivational if like me, you need a kick in the backsides to get started. Hopefully the follow-on books will provide more how-to details. Jim certainly knows folks that have been successful in creating their business around their lifestyle and now that I'm retired, I can do those entrepreneurial things that follow my current interests too. Looking forward to reading more of Jim's works.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is Short, Enjoy It February 28, 2012
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I read, Business Around a Lifestyle, as I flew coach halfway across the country for a work trip. There is not better place to assess your personal happiness and content than in a coach seat of a commercial airline. Fortunately, I have been applying Jim's principles for business (or in my case working a job with a side business) around a lifestyle for several years. Reading this book affirmed my work/life choices.

Each time I listen to Jim speak or read one of his books I am reminded that he has solid advice, told without any pre-tense or BS, and that he genuinely cares about his audience. Jim is not hawking a get rich scheme or easy button. Instead he wants readers to look inward and decide what it is they want out of life. Then to go after those goals.

Jim's themes of hard work, focus on big priorities, living life with no regrets, and putting family first resonate with me.

I am looking forward to the next books in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good... February 28, 2012
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I read this book in about an hour, and it was a pretty good read. I liked all the stories and interviews with people who have achieved the life they lead by finding a business they could work around living that lifestyle. That type of motivational thing is always a good thing.

If I had any gripe at all it's that I would have loved to have at least one person really tell how they did it with more specifics. It's great reading about the lady who started making money online so her husband could go to school and how she turned it into a 7-figure business model, or how she was able to make $100,000 in 14 hours, but I guess we'll have to find that elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Jim! February 27, 2012
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I like Jim's material because it is enjoyable to read, practical, realistic. That cannot be said of much of the information about topics like this. Thanks for the great info!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Easy To Read February 24, 2012
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Jim Kukral has written an inspirational, "go out and do your thing" book that is direct to the point and easy to digest. It is full of inspirational stories that basically tell anyone that any and everything is possible. Thanks Jim.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Focused on e-businesses October 29, 2012
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Though focused on e-businesses exclusively, I still felt I learned some valuable lessons. Very acceptable if not exceptional on the motivational impact scale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There Is No Fluff Here! July 10, 2012
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The author encourages his readers to answer the following three questions to help determine the kind of lifestyle they want;
*What do you love, and/or what are you most passionate about?
*How many hours a week do you want to work?
*What does your perfect day look like?
Mr. Kukral answers each of these questions and describes his own "business around a lifestyle".

This book provides several interviews with people who have been successful in creating a business that allows them the freedom to spend time with family, travel and enjoy a variety of interests.

Mr. Kukral is a marketer and he has created his "business around a lifestyle" by Internet marketing and writing books. This is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes work, persistence and patience to establish a reputable business on the Internet.

This book offers guidelines for setting goals and getting started in a rewarding business and lifestyle. The rest is up to have to take action!

I enjoyed reading about how Mr. Kukral got started in the business of Internet marketing. I think it is always very inspiring to read honest accounts of how others got started.

There is no fluff here. This book offers sound advice to those who are serious about starting a new business. I think most people will agree that building a business around a lifestyle is hard work. The rewards are great for those willing to pay the price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
At the beginning, the suggestion is quite attractive. But then , the ideas keep on being repeated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for anyone dragging their lives dealing with a ...
Great book for anyone dragging their lives dealing with a job they hate and dreaming about creating a lifestyle they will love. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining interviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets you thinking
The author makes a number of logical points that really start the wheels turning on evaluating your current lifestyle. Read more
Published on March 21, 2013 by Unique and Lovely
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I get it. Build a business around how you want to live. I just felt that the book was a bit simplified. Was looking for some more meat.
Published on December 28, 2012 by Burried in a Book
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It: Inspirational Boost with Lots of Interviews
The one thing that I really loved about this book was that Jim really seems like he wants to help you live the lifestyle you want. Read more
Published on October 20, 2012 by Meghashyam
5.0 out of 5 stars Take the leap!
As I read, my entrepreneurial spirit started to burn greater and hotter. With the action items of writing down exactly what it is that I want out of life and business, I found it... Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by Angela Rz
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Thought Provoking
Excellent, easy read. I think Jim really makes you think about what could be possible by building your business around the lifestyle you want instead of the other way around. Read more
Published on September 13, 2012 by CRE Edge
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More About the Author

Jim Kukral has helped small businesses and large companies like Fedex, Sherwin Williams, Ernst & Young and Progressive Auto Insurance understand how find success on the Web. Jim is a professional speaker, award-winning blogger and small business Web consultant.

Here's how Jim can help you:

* Build successful new online businesses or energize and refresh existing ones
* Learn how to leverage social media for more sales, leads and publicity
* Create imaginative marketing campaigns that get talked about
* Innovate new products and services that could positively change your business bottom line
* Attract first-class publicity that actually means something and gives an ROI
* Make more profits with less work
* Build a business around a lifestyle, not the other way around

A graduate of The University of Akron with a BA in Public Relations and a minor in Sales & Marketing, Jim has spent time working for publicly traded firms and small businesses alike. Jim's work and experience in the Internet marketing industry has branded him as a leading thinker and thought-leader in the community.

Jim started work in the Internet business in 1995, mostly in the trenches writing code, designing websites and managing large projects for one of the USA's first Web firms based in Cleveland, OH. Jim is credited with building some of the first major Fortune 500 websites and blogs in America. His work has been viewed by millions around the world.

A blogger since 2001, Jim has reached millions of readers through online channels/networks and offline by writing for magazines and trade journals that are sent all over the globe.

You can currently see Jim's writing in magazines like Revenue Today and FeedFront. Jim has also spent time writing professionally for online sources like clickZ and as well as the Web's largest tech group blog at where Jim served as the Publisher for 2-years.

Jim has done well producing publicity for himself and for his projects or others who have hired him to do so. He has been quoted or featured in some way in online and offline print publications such as Forbes, Brandweek, Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BusinessWeek, Inc., Small Business Trends, FeedFront, Revenue Today, Marketing Sherpa and Duct Tape Marketing network... to name just a few.

On a daily basis Jim spends most of his time helping entrepreneurs and small business owners learn how to find success online. His passion for teaching shines through in his training and coaching programs that have been taken by hopeful business owners from around the globe.

Most recently, Jim serves as a Program Instructor Member for the University of San Francisco's Internet Marketing Program where he teaches classes to students around the globe on the topics of Internet marketing, Web monetization and social media.


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