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Real Success Without a Real Job: There Is No Life Like It! Paperback – October 1, 2006
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"Ernie Zelinski helps others find the time to live." -- Boston Herald
About the Author
ERNIE J. ZELINSKI has an Engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta. Because he is truly organizationally averse, he has not had a real job for over twenty-five years. Ernie speaks professionally on the subjects of real success, retirement, and applying creativity to business and leisure.
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The book is more than just advice regarding one's career, but more advice for living successfully. The career choice is just part of the equation. This is because you have to look at how Zelinski defines "real success." In this realm, the book definitely offers some great fodder to ponder and think upon as you determine your life's path.
The book contains eight chapters, starting with a chapter that describes how a life without a real job will set you free. In this chapter, Zelinski explains his philosophy of working for oneself, rather than being a slave to the corporate world. It's motivating for all those with an entrepreneurial spirit. He then shares a number of "unreal" jobs in chapter two. I guess I connected with this chapter because the speaking, writing, and teaching I do fall under the "unreal" job category.
Chapter three is motivating in that Zelinski's message is that, "extraordinary success can be achieved by ordinary people." He continues in chapter four by encouraging everyone to look toward their creativity, because it is the greatest asset. If nothing else, I hope this chapter gets people thinking about what they can achieve by capitalizing on their creativity.
Chapter six is more about life than career. It is titled, "Prosperity Comes When You Do the Right Things with Your Life." In it, Zelinski states that more money won't bring more happiness, but in the book, he does talk quite a bit about how much money he has made with his "unreal" job. I do agree with him that personal development is important. The next chapter, seven, is about friends, and how real success is about having real friends. Can' argue that having real friends makes a person rich.
The final chapter is about playing the game of life. It's a motivating chapter saying to continue in the face of failure and the best ways to spend your time. Throughout the book there are motivating quotes, again making this more of a motivational book than a "how to" book. With that, I'd recommend this book to anyone fed up with corporate life and wanting a boost to get creative and find a more rewarding life. It's a quick read, and one I found to be enjoyable. Check it out and Zelinski just might motivate you to find Real Success Without a Real Job.
Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks.
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