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Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love Paperback – January 13, 2009
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First it will serve as a motivation to all who want to give up the rut we all call a job and move out on their own.
The second benefit is really a step by step guide about how to move out on your own. Not only does Jonathan tell you how, he gives links to hundreds of resources to help you accomplish what you want.
The third valuable benefit is the wisdom that Jonathan shares from his own experiences.
The third benefit is perhaps the most valuable. Under the wisdom he shares, there are two very valuable lessons - either of them worth the price of the book.
The first lesson is how to deal with fear. Here Jonathan gives some extremely good advice. Fear is probably the number one reason most people do not achieve their dreams. His advice is to explore and quantify the fear. Ask what are the consequences of failure, what is the worst case scenario, and examine the results. Often this will put fear in perspective. Then let go of the fear. Do this only once and let go.
Then you need to explore and quantify inaction. What are the results of doing nothing? If "staying the course is going to create a miserable future", that should be an unacceptable alternative. Once you explore and quantify inaction, let go. Again do this only once. What you focus on expands. So only examine the fear and inaction once and then move on.
Then the important part is to stimulate success daily. Again, what we focus on expands. So stimulate success daily. You do this by being clear about what you want, believing you can achieve it and taking focused action.Read more ›
I could barely finish it: it's hard to follow (because it's poorly written -- cogency is lacking: his thought jumps around a lot w/o easy-to-follow logical progression, at times descending into gibberish), and then it's just a lot of fluff -- his advice amounts to a lot of obvious things that would occur to anyone who'd invest a quarter hour into considering one's options (with traditional skippages in narrative over moments that look magical when not detailed, making you wonder who populates the skid row if everything is so doable).
It is also very cliched: every paragraph contains "value-laden", "remarkability", or "passion-based" this and that; horrible English and very bad style that is reminiscent of this late-night TV guy in black suit and with huge teeth who was big about fifteen-twenty years ago and whose name I forget. Usage errors. I mean, a lot of this book reads like a first draft by a not particularly literary man. Of course, the author has a website, and is some sort of self-proclaimed "career expert".
But in general, the most of this book is very superficial advice on how to use "social media" in order to inflate yourself into some sort of "expert" or "maven" (I'm sure you noticed that 99% of "social-media" content is horse manure energetically churned by self-proclaimed experts out to shove something down your throat that you don't need -- and advice on how to join the ranks of these hacks is not what I was looking for).Read more ›
Another reviewer said that the author didn't seem down to earth, and I agree. He seemed out of touch. He's making millions by doing what he loves, which is great for him, but not realistic for me.
He starts by explaining how each particular strategy can work for you, and follows through with real life examples and a list of resources for you to dig deeper on your own. Then, he continues to guide us through the process of marketing our dream, the basics of Internet marketing, and how to use blogs and social media to make our mark in the world and gain influence.
Perhaps the passage of the book that I liked the most is when the author talks about conventional wisdom, and how it gets in the way of identifying opportunity. Learning to defy conventional wisdom (or what others may call "thinking out of the box") is the best way to discover niches that nobody is addressing and that you can turn into a business.
With that frame of mind and the practical tips in this book, you shouldn't have any problem finding work that is at the same time lucrative and fulfilling.
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