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Recession Proof Graduate: How to Get The Job You Want by Doing Free Work Paperback – May 15, 2014
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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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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.
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. Lose the "entitlement" mentality, stop whining, and asking for others to feel sorry for you.
▲ The author rebuts the excuses that people give for not wanting to work free. Most of the excuses are just that--excuses, and whiny ones at that, which don't solve anything.
▼ (Having trouble to think of anything to criticize.)
✔ All in all, an excellent book, written by someone wise beyond their years. Glad to be a small part of getting the word out on the really fine book. Highly Recommend!
♫ A Review by Chris Lawson
I read RPG about 3 years ago, took action on the principles Charlie outlined, and my life has been a lot more interesting since.
From pimps to dropouts to people imo changing the world, I've worked with some interesting characters after reading RPG.
Every college graduate should read this. No, every high school grad should read this. Some important sections for me:
Life After School
Stop Acting Entitled
Get Some Skills
The case studies and FAQ in the 2nd 1/2
Looking back, if I knew where RPG would get me today, I would have easily paid $50 for it, maybe more. And I’m a f***ing cheap person.
This is a book about taking control of your career trajectory and how to leapfrog your peers in a fraction of the time.