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Real Success Without a Real Job: There Is No Life Like It! Paperback – October 1, 2006
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More About the Author
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.
Meet Ernie at his websites:
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This author is a genius and has become my favorite writer of all time!!! His book is a manifesto for creating a new life.Published on February 8, 2013 by M. Davis
Not as good as "The Joy Of Not Working" one of my favorite means to un-brainwash oneself in a world that educates you to believe working 5 out of 7 days is more valuable and... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Jon
"Real Success Without a Real Job: There Is No Life Like It!" by Ernie J. Zelinski is a motivating look at escaping the dreary land of corporate life and creating a career path in... Read morePublished on November 14, 2010 by Alain B. Burrese
I bought the book, so the author is successful in making people think it might be worth it. I found it repetitive and short on practical ideas. Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Judy E. Coughlin
This book does a great job at making you feel like a real dope for working in a traditional job, and that's what I love about it. Read morePublished on May 2, 2009 by Byron Allen
This book is a lot like other books by this author. The Joy of Not Working is a better book, but this one is OK. Read morePublished on August 25, 2008 by B. Spivey
Ernie's story is the basis for this book: how he became a consultant/writer working on his own rather than an engineer working for someone else. Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by Career Doc
I agree with a previous reviewer who commented "Wow." This is desktop publishing at its worst. The ideas and advice are simplistic. The text rambles. Read morePublished on July 21, 2007 by LVT06
This is the second of Ernie Zelinski's books that I've read ...and I like this one even more than I liked his "Hot to Retire Happy Wild & Free". Read morePublished on February 19, 2007 by Gwen Mccauley