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Career Success Without a Real Job: The Career Book for People Too Smart to Work in Corporations Paperback – March 1, 2009
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ERNIE J. ZELINSKI is a best-selling author, consultant, and lecturer on the subject of applying creativity to business and leisure. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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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.
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.
Chapter 7, "The work model for people to prosperous to do mornings" was the one I went straight to when I first got the book. This chapter talks about making money on the internet. I found it very informative, and Ernie gives lots of examples of people who have made good money on the i-net.
Overall, this book gives you a boost in changing your thinking about the corporate world. Your thinking will never be the same again.