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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Visions International Publishing; 2 edition (April 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0969419473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0969419471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, speaker, and prosperity life coach who inspires adventurous souls to create their own ways to live prosperous and free.

Ernie is best known as the author of the international bestsellers "The Joy of Not Working" (over 250,000 copies sold and published in seventeen languages) and "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" (over 165,000 copies sold and published in nine languages), two life-changing books that have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world live happier and more satisying lives.

Ernie's core message -- that ordinary people can attain out-of-the-ordinary results and make a difference in this world -- is at the heart of his work. Ernie deeply believes in the powers of creativity and well-intentioned action -- instead of hard work -- as the most important elements for how ordinary individuals can attain extraordinary success and remarkable prosperity.

Ernie's 15 creative works -- published in 22 languages in 29 countries -- have now sold over 750,000 copies worldwide.

Feature articles about Ernie and his books have appeared in major North American newspapers including USA TODAY, Oakland Tribune, Boston Herald, The Washington Post, Toronto Star, National Post, Vancouver Sun, and The Wall Street Journal.

Ernie's latest books include the inspirational novel "Look Ma, Life's Easy: How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity" and its companion "Life's Secret Handbook: Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World".

Ernie speaks on the topics of early retirement, prosperity, book marketing, and creativity. The Turkish Society for Quality recently spent over $ 20,000 to have Ernie speak about "The Joy of Not Working" to 2,000 executives and scholars attending its 17th annual convention in Istanbul.

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If you're ready to find your "unreal job," read this book.
Jan Cullinane
In Career Success without a Real Job, the reader is challenged to open his or her mind and discover what will make career/job happiness become a reality.
EJ Essic
Ernie has written a book that outlines how to do this in a fun way.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dan on May 9, 2009
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This book is BLOWING ME AWAY! Get out of the corporate world NOW!

Chapter 1. "Life without a real job will set you free."
I underlined a sentence, "Working at something just for the money is something fearful people do. It is a sign of their lack of self-confidence in their ability, talent, and creativity to earn money doing something they enjoy." Wow. But what if you make a LOT of money. A few paragraphs down, "There can be no doubt that getting trapped in to believing that money is the most important thing in a job increases your chances of being trapped in a miserable job for the rest of your life." Double wow. In our overly materialistic society, we think that money will solve everything, even a dis-satisfying career. I got an idea, I hate my job, let's just get promoted, make more money, and it will take care of the fact that I hate my job. Brilliant. NOT!

Chapter 2. Unreal jobs -- so many worlds; what to do.

The first part of this chapter stopped me in my tracks (at least my eyes in their tracks). Business Week surveyed successful American business executives about their job. 72% where not in their dream job. They named things like they wanted to be a chef, golf pro, rock star, bed-and-breakfast-inn owner/operator. Here's what stops me in my tracks. These guys have the RESOURCES TO DO THEIR DREAM JOBS, BUT MORE MONEY WON'T SEEM TO LEAD THEM DOWN THEIR DREAM PATH. What is holding these guys back? They didn't "choose wisely", to quote the Matrix. And they are paying for it.

I like his list "100 of the coolest unreal jobs." I put tic marks next to many of them as something I would like to pursue.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JLChapple on August 8, 2012
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I must admit, my expectations for this book were high, after reading some of the reviews and hearing, first-hand, from a co-worker, how inspiring and encouraging it was.

Let's just say, after reading it, I was a bit let down, and the hype surrounding the book, was, in my opinion, unfounded.

The book is a quick read, which is good. The format is conducive to hopping around and really narrowing in on the applications or topics of interest for the reader, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My biggest problem with the book was that the author spent more time trying to convince readers that "real jobs" are passe rather than telling us how we can succeed best with "non-traditional" work.

I felt that the chapters that bullet-pointed opportunities for succeeding without a 9-5 job could have been fleshed out more, to show where the opportunities lie and how to engage in those activities. Simply saying, "write and e-Book," don't really cut it.

I also thought that the author could have delved more into the ways he makes a living. Yes, I understand he has multiple books, but what about investments? What type of online business is he in, specifically? etc.

All-in-all, the book wasn't a bad read and can certainly give pointers/ideas on redefining your career and revenue streams, but if you're looking for a guide to getting you out from under your current 9-5, look elsewhere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Jenkins on December 29, 2012
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This is a great book in that it is very encouraging to anyone trying to escape the grind. the one thing it lacks is a good, solid how-to. I agree with reviewer JLChapple on this. I bought the book hoping that somewhere amidst all the yick-yack there would be a chapter on "How to Do It" not just "Do It". Maybe he's saving that for yet another book ;)

If you go into it looking for encouragement and motivation, this book gets a full five stars. If you're looking for a process, it's worth only the three I gave it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RandomDayJob on March 19, 2011
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Ernie Zelinski, author of Career Success without a Real Job', hasn't had a real job in over 25 years. Back in the day, Zelinski worked as an Engineer, but hated the firm grip of the corporate world. With no writing experience, Zelinski left the corporate life to become a writer and speaker. Though his success started very slow, he has now published 14 books internationally!

I found it interesting that Zelinski had no formal training as a writer. Most publishers and many critics complained he could not write. In the beginning, Zelinski self-published his own book. After a while, the book sales were high enough for publishers to take notice and they began to publish his work.

This guy works 4-5 hours a day. Never misses a workout and enjoys life to the fullest. Zelinski is an inspiration that anyone persistent enough can accomplish a dream. There are several examples through out the book of people who followed in Zelinski's foot steps.

If you are considering leaving the corporate life to pursue your own career or thinking about writing your first book, I would consider Career Success without a Real Job, a valuable read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jerry on March 23, 2011
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This is wonderful reading as a reference guide regarding the desire to leave the corporate world.It might even be an alternative to stress-relieving drugs :).
Plenty of food for thought for someone wanting to spread their wings and use their God-given talents, skills, and abilities in a more desirable manner.
The book really helps with thinking "out of the box".
Thanks again, Ernie!
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More About the Author

ERNIE J. ZELINSKI
International Best-Selling Author
"Helping Adventurous Souls Live Prosperous and Free"

Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, speaker, unconventional career expert, and prosperity life coach.

Ernie is the author of the international bestsellers "The Joy of Not Working" (over 280,000 copies sold) and "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" (over 250,000 copies sold), two life-changing books that have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world live more satisfying and happier lives.

Ernie's core message - that ordinary people can attain out-of-the-ordinary results and make a difference in this world - is at the heart of his work. Ernie deeply believes in the powers of creativity and well-intentioned action as the most important elements for how ordinary individuals can attain personal prosperity and financial freedom.

Ernie's latest creative works include the Kindle edition of the inspirational novel "Look Ma, Life's Easy (How Ordinary People Can Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity)" and its companion "Life's Secret Handbook (Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World)".

Thousands of individuals have contacted Ernie by phone, e-mail, and regular mail to let him know how they have experienced inner renewal and personal growth as a result of reading one or more of his blockbuster books.

Ernie has negotiated 111 book deals with publishers in 29 countries for his various creative works - which have now sold over 850,000 copies worldwide.

Ernie is uniquely qualified to write books such as "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free", given that he opted for semi-retirement when he was only thirty years old and close to financial bankruptcy (with a net worth of minus $30,000).

Yet today Ernie is an international best-selling writer, entrepreneur, and prosperity life coach who maintains a three- to four-hour workday and doesn't like to work at all in any month that doesn't have an "r" in its name.

Ernie lives in Edmonton, where, besides hanging around his favorite coffee shops with his laptop, he enjoys running, cycling, reading, and traveling. Ernie's second home is Vancouver, B.C., which he visits five or six times a year.

Ernie speaks on the topics of early retirement, entrepreneurship, and creativity. The Turkish Society for Quality recently spent over $20,000 to have Ernie speak about "The Joy of Not Working" to 2,000 executives and scholars attending its 17th annual convention in Istanbul.

Meet Ernie at his websites:

http://www.erniezelinski.com
http://www.retirement-quotes.com
http://www.retirement-cafe.com
http://www.how-to-retire-happy.com

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