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How to Quit Your Day Job and Live Out Your Dreams: A Guide to Transforming Your Career Paperback – July 1, 2012
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Kenneth Atchity is a writer, producer, literary manager, and former professor of comparative literature. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
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How To Quit Your Day Job and Live Out Your Dreams spoke to the fallen soldier in me. It spoke to that warrior that has lost far too many battles to count. Over the course of time, perhaps, the post traumatic stress disorder has rendered my soul too battle scarred to peel back the layers of the years of scab that is the loss of my Visionary. Oh sure, my novel, Hallelujah! In Hollywood: A True Hollywood Story, is my rage against the Accountant machine; but the consequence of being called insane repeatedly, and unapologetically, by family, friends and foes alike, has taken a very real and tangible toll on me and I am tired. I am weary. I am worn.
But, Kenneth Atchity, How To Quit Your Day Job showed me that I'm NOT alone. There are other aliens amongst the Accountants. There are others who have had the indignity of psychological conformity heaped upon their heads; but, we have fought and YOU have scratched and clawed every day, to not be buried under the mounds of dirt of misunderstanding that often times turns into a simmering cauldron of unbridled rage. This book showed me that the way that I chose to turn that rage inward into passion and introspection, then outward into an environmental study and critique of the people, situations and circumstances that plagued my family, my town, my life and myself, was indeed the correct path to self-discovery and ultimately, liberation of the very psyche that once threatened to engulf me in the flames of self-hatred. For too many years, I allowed people and their opinions of my chosen life path be the gasoline that ignited a negative life force within me. Hallelujah! In Hollywood: A True Hollywood Story tells those arsonists that I am not a building burning just because. I am a building burning because it is just. I AM on fire. I will not be extinguished. I will not be squelched. And the fact is, someone, somewhere, this wonderful book tells me, needs to be set ablaze to find the courage to pursue their passion.
A wise man, a man that goes by the surname Atchity, once conveyed two messages to me that resonate because of their simplistic eloquence and their urgent elegance: True prophets reject rejection and Where things are going is all that really matters. I am Hollywood, South Carolina's prophet. I was picked by the invisible hand of destiny to write my True Hollywood Story. The only thing that is important are the hearts, minds and souls that will be touched by my Hollywood.
In the end, that's all that really matters. Thank you, Kenneth Atchity, for putting a magnifying glass on my experience. Thank you for your experience. Thank you for using this megaphone of How To Quit Your Day Job to sound the alarm to rattle souls- making them uncomfortable, but ultimately, silencing the eternal pang of their Accountant. This book replaces that pang with the mighty clarion call that moves souls toward their destiny.
I see clearly now the rain is gone. I see clearly now the pain is gone.
You are a visionary, Kenneth Atchity. Thank you for giving the world, through this book, such a profound pair of glasses to look through; 20/20 vision is a wonderful thing.
Some people have the dreaming down to a T, but when it comes to implementation, finding time and gaining know-how, well, that's the hard part. How to Quit Your Day Job and Live Out Your Dreams tells the basic story of a man who had a comfortable, secure job, making a very nice salary but he was restless because he did not have the career he really wanted. Through his trials an errors you can learn how to kick-start your dream career. Atchity gives you valuable instruction as well as the inspiration so many need to get off their butts and go for it.