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Real Success Without a Real Job: There Is No Life Like It! Paperback – October 1, 2006

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"Ernie Zelinski helps others find the time to live." -- Boston Herald

About the Author

ERNIE J. ZELINSKI has an Engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta. Because he is truly organizationally averse, he has not had a real job for over twenty-five years. Ernie speaks professionally on the subjects of real success, retirement, and applying creativity to business and leisure.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Visions Int'l / Zelinski (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088008
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 285,000 copies sold) and "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" (over 275,000 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 900,000 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.

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It does motivate you to acheive success by showing that anyone can write a book. The marketing section is also of interest.

But....This certainly isn't intellectual reading (to put it mildly), and it basically says the same thing, in hundreds of ways, throughout the book. For some reason, the author thinks it's necessary to talk about the money he makes now, on several occasions, which I did feel was arrogant, because there are many other ways to get your point across without bragging about yourself.

Then for the kicker - he makes the comment on page 174 that 'If you borrowed this book from the library - particularly if you are a well-paid professional- then you are not really committed to real success without a real job'. How is insulting the reader who borrowed this book from the library supposed to be a motivator? I don't think it matters how you gain information, whether free or not! I own several hundred books, but sometimes I borrow them from the library first to make sure they are worth the purchase. I can tell you right now this book is not worth purchasing - I can sum it up for you here:
Stop working at a job that you don't enjoy. It is destroying your soul and taking up all your time. Life is too short. Figure out what your passion is. Then figure out how you can turn that passion into a career you will love.
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After working from home in an 'unjob' for over 8 years, I can tell you that success in any venture has less to do with "how". There are 100's of books that tell you "how to" whether its starting business, retiring or pursuing a dream. But if the "how to" was all that was needed, everyone would be living their dreams.

"Real Success without a Real Job" can help you put together the other ingredients required to reach success other than the "how to". Successful people aren't smarter or luckier. What they do have is a desire to have success that's bigger than their fear, a willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals, and don't let the nay-sayers, stream stealers or plain bad luck and disappointment stop them. That's were Ernie's book can help. It's filled with information and resources designed to get you to take action on those "how to's". It inspires and motivates you to take stock of your life and create a life that fills you with joy and abundance. It teaches that riches come from living in within your values and being true to yourself. Once you have that, the money and more importantly, happiness and fulfillment will follow.

If you are unhappy in your work (or retirement) and want to find something more fulfilling and yes, even fun, this is a great book to help you put in place all the internal ingredients (desire, commitment, persistence, etc), so that you can take action and achieve your dreams.
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Ernie Zelinski provides motivation, inspiration and guidance in his book "Real Success Without a Real Job". Ernie's purpose in writing this book is to help the reader develop personal potential and to fulfill their dreams.

The book provides thought provoking questions and exercises that help you discover what it is you really love to do. There is a natural progression and action steps to help strategize your plan.

Zelinski helps the reader recognize that career success is more than having a real job. Real career success comes from enjoying your work and having the freedom to perform that work just about any time you want. He inspires you to create your own dream job or to operate an unconventional business.

To accomplish this you must find your mission or true calling, a passion for something with which you can meet your needs. Zelinski stresses that creating a new career requires courage as well as desire.

Throughout the book the author uses letters and stories from readers who have attained amazing success without a real job. He also uses experiences from his own life to show how the powerful success principles emphasized in this book can help you.

Personally, I appreciated the quotes and pithy sayings from well known personalities featured as highlight sidebars throughout each chapter. He not only provides quotations but also recommends other authors and helpful career books and motivational resources.

Ernie's book creates an environment for creative dynamic thinking. He leads the reader to take that first step of risk needed to turn a passion for living into rewarding financial fulfillment "without a real job."
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If you're working at a job and wondering what it would be like to be your own boss, whether doing contract work or owning a business, this is a great book to get your creative juices flowing. Ernie Zelinski's "Four Steps to Creating a Dream Career" include inner exploration, outer exploration, decision making, and implementation. He also highlights the steps to take to connect your existing skill set to a dream job or business venture. He focuses also on the benefits of developing your dream career, which include work you actually enjoy (and an environment in which to enjoy it = no politics), plus more time for the people you love and activities you have been missing while you've been at that job you're not so crazy about.
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