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Cotton Pickin' Paycheck-Paperback Version Paperback – January 15, 2010
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In Cotton Pickin' Paycheck, a 21st Century Escape from Slavery, John E. Gosier chronicles her journey from worker bee to entrepreneur through a rollicking story of a remarkable life. Unwilling to succumb to the confines and constrictions of corporate America, Gosier developed a recipe for realizing her dream to achieve peace through freedom by carefully charting her desired life path.
In the book's 15 lessons, the reader is encouraged to optimize their own life by following the formula: Exploration + Discipline + Application = Personal Freedom. Gosier explains one may apply it no matter what their present circumstances or beliefs. Using her deep religious faith to order her steps allows Gosier to build a strong foundation for her future endeavors.
From the beginning, Gosier makes it plain that Cotton Pickin' Paycheck is a labor of love dedicated to her ancestors, nuclear family and relatives to come. Researching her family's history has helped her become grounded and empowered. She enjoys delving into the history and wisdom of other African Americans. Gosier advocates education as "Important Gear for Life" and believes it is never too early to start a child toward its perpetual pursuit. She shares this mission with others through her award-winning website BlackParentConnect.com along with other sites designed to instill the idea of attending college as a choice in all children. Gosier's motto is "We can do this!" Her insightful and resourceful book will surely show you how.
There are lessons in COTTON PICKIN' PAYCHECK that are deeply thought-provoking, from standing up to the racist bully in elementary school to discovering the family's honorable roots. COTTON PICKIN' PAYCHECK encourages land ownership by blacks as well as entrepreneurship. The journal entries provide snippets of practical life lessons from Gosier that differ slightly from the historical lessons about slavery; it's a modern-day journey away from corporate slavery.
Joan E. Gosier is sensational as she allows the readers to share the good times when stealing the family car fed her addiction to the sorrowful times when she stumbled emotionally after her father's death. COTTON PICKIN' PAYCHECK is whimsical and works great for teaching a new ideal about the historic paradigm of slavery! Included in this work is a formula for success and strategy questions to map your own escape. Readers will also find all the encouragement one needs to go back to the corporate cotton field and rescue other slaves.
Reviewed by Swaggie Coleman
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Most people dream of what they would like their lives to look like but have no idea how to create the reality of that dream. When the average person sees the "successful" person in action or telling their story, we assume "that could never be me - they have something more than what I have" or "they are just lucky/blessed/chosen/etc". Some of that is true in that they do have something more...but so does everyone! God has equipped us all. The person living their dream has just learned how to tap into that something more and put it to use to actually be who and what they were designed and purposed to be.
Ms. Gosier has given all of us a rare gift in providing a transparent and detailed look into her extraordinary journey. She has managed to transfer belief into practical steps for you to follow on your own unique journey to your destiny. Do yourself a favor and let Cotton Pickin' Paycheck get you on the road to the life you were created to live!
She wanted to do something to impact this situation for families across America. What resulted was a formula. Simple,yet brilliant as, Einstein's theory of relativity. She called it E+D+A = Freedom (Exploration, Discipline and Application). To test this theory Ms. Gosier had to convince her husband to go alone with her plan to drop out of corporate America.
Her test resulted in the book Cotton Pickin' Paycheck: A 21st Century Journal of Escape from Slavery. The book begins with a riddle.
Q: "Why did the slave escape and then return back to the cotton field?"
A: "Because she couldn't find a good paying job."
What followed is 447 pages of tips on how to get a cotton pickin' paycheck in the 21st century when corporate jobs move overseas, down-size and get sweep away by the prevailing winds of an economic downturn. I recommend this book to readers everywhere and I recommend it highly.