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About the Author

Charlie Hoehn is an author, marketing strategist, speaker, and play enthusiast. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2008, he went on to study under and work with a number of bestselling authors and entrepreneurs, such as Ramit Sethi, Seth Godin, and Tucker Max.

He was Tim Ferriss’ first full-time employee, and worked alongside him during the production and launch of The 4-Hour Body, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over a million copies. Later on, Charlie directed App Empire -- an online course that made over $2.6 million in 10 days – then wrote Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety (called “the cure to your stress” by Tony Robbins).

Since its release in 2009, Recession-Proof Graduate has been downloaded more than 200,000 times. The TEDx speech based on the book (called “The New Way to Work”) has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

Charlie’s story has been featured on NPR's TED Radio Hour, Forbes, Fast Company, CBS News, Fox Business, Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Business Insider, and many others.

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  • File Size: 1091 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0990354814
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  • Publisher: Hoehn Zone Media (May 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KCUAICI
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Charlie Hoehn is the author of Play It Away (#1 Stress Management) and Recession Proof Graduate. He is the founder of The Recess Project (therecessproject.com), and a mental wellness expert who's advised leaders at the Pentagon, U.S. Military bases, startups, and universities. He is best known for his career strategy "free work," which lead to him working with bestselling authors like Tim Ferriss, Tucker Max, and Ramit Sethi. Charlie's article about the importance of play is the #1 worldwide result on Google for the search "cure anxiety" (above Oprah.com), and has been read by over one million people. His work has been featured on NPR's TED Radio Hour, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Globe and Mail, Mating Grounds, and many others. He lives in Austin, where he hosts weekly recess at Zilker park and performs improv at the Hideout. Blog: charliehoehn.com

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There is a LOT to like in this little book. Funny, well-written, and practical. The theme of this little gem could be expressed like this:

"Find what you love, and offer to temporarily work for FREE in that field."

▲ I confess, I didn't see that coming. Honestly, I thought the author's tip was leading to some type of multi-level marketing scheme. I was wrong. I am actually having trouble believing this book was written by a recent college graduate. This story is too good, too wise. Okay, I'll give Charlie author the benefit of the doubt.

▲ The "work for free" (remotely) notion is smart. Very smart. By doing that, you get yourself in the very field that you want to work in. Of course, you'll need to figure out some side job to pay bills for a bit, but you will be making contacts with the exact entrepreneurs you want to be paid by in the future. So, suck it up, and do the needful.

▲ The author points out that even in a recession, there are lots of good jobs. But--you don't find them emailing resumes to Monster or CareerBuilder, or putting on Craigslist. Instead, it is critical to NETWORK. I have found this to be true as well, and always tell my techie friends the same thing. Personally, about half of my consulting gigs came from personal contacts, not any formal website or company.

▲ I really like the writing style. The author highlights the key points so that all us folks with ultra-short attention spans get it. (We've been watching "24" for too many years.)

▲ The author is big on self-reliance, and critical of anyone throwing a pity party.
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This book changed my life.

I read the online version when Charlie first launched it 4+ years ago. It was right when I was making a transition in my small business to a completely new industry where I had no contacts, no credibility, no experience and only a couple new clients under my belt.

I took the ideas in this book, applied them to what I was doing and immediately saw huge results.

In the first week of using the ideas and email templates in this book, I landed a client that was at the top of my new industry and quickly led me to closing deals with several others. Several of these clients that I got using Charlie's techniques are still, over four years later, paying clients.

If you are someone that struggling to grow your business, no matter what size, I highly recommend this book. It's not just for graduates... it's for learners of all ages.
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To a friend over email a few months ago:

"If there's any piece of career advice I'd recommend to anyone, it's to embrace free work as much as you can. It's honestly the most important tactical decision in my work life."

I read the ebook version awhile back - I think I was at a BookCafe in Austin - and it's changed my life. If you're a graduate, it's the best advice you'll ever receive.

If there's one tactic I'd recommend and get the opportunity to work on projects you care about, it's this. Whether you're a writer, an artist, an inventor, a marketer, an entrepreneur - doesn't matter - here's how to go zero to one, and do work that matters.

Plus, he makes fun of the Jonas Brothers in this book, so getting your hands on this is a win-win.
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I recommend this book to all current college students and graduates to learn from Charlie about how to approach free work the correct way. Too many students go into unpaid work without understanding the power dynamics of free work.

This is a book about taking control of your career trajectory and how to leapfrog your peers in a fraction of the time.
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“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein

According to Gallup’s report on Employee Engagement, 70% of U.S. employees are not engaged at work with Millennials being the least engaged generation.

This means that 70% of the U.S. workforce is not enthusiastic and committed to their work.

This is a major problem!

And I personally think that it’s something happening all over the world and not just in the U.S.

But the truth is that the rules of the game have changed.

Sending your resume and cover letters to hundreds of employers is no longer effective, but also a big waste of time.

I have personally spent months and months applying for jobs in different career sites sending my resume, crafting cover letters, answering bunch of questions only to not hear back.

How discouraging!

In my search for a better approach, I came across Charlie Hoehn’s book “Recession Proof Graduate: How to Land The Job You Want by Doing Free Work”, and it has totally changed my perspective on how to go about finding opportunities that align with your skills and purpose.

Who is Charlie Hoehn?

Charlie Hoehn is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and author of two popular career books — Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety (called “The cure to your stress!” by Tony Robbins) and Recession Proof Graduate, which has been downloaded over 20,000 times and translated into Spanish and Italian.

Previously, Charlie worked for three years with Tim Ferriss as his Director of Special Projects, helping him produce and launch The 4-Hour Body (#1 New York Times, #1 Amazon overall, more than a million copies sold).
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