To the outside observer, it seems like they've won the career lottery—that by some stroke of luck or circumstance they've found the one thing they love so much that it doesn't even feel like work—and they're getting paid well to do it.
In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There’s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of The $100 Startup, has created a practical guide for how to do it—whether within a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own.
Finding the work you were “born to do” isn’t just about discovering your passion. Doing what brings you joy is great, but if you aren’t earning a living, it’s a hobby, not a career. And those who jump out of bed excited to go to work every morning don’t just have jobs that turn their passions into paychecks. They have jobs where they also can lose themselves for hours in the flow of meaningful work.
This intersection of joy, money, and flow is what Guillebeau will help you find in this book. Through inspiring stories of those who have successfully landed their dream career, as well as actionable tools, exercises, and thought experiments, he’ll guide you through today’s vast menu of career options to discover the work perfectly suited to your unique interests, skills, and experiences.
You’ll learn how to:
• Hack the job of your dreams within a traditional organization by making it work for you
• Find not only your ideal work but also your ideal working conditions
• Create plans that will allow you to take smarter career risks and “beat the house” every time
• Start a profitable “side hustle” and earn extra cash on top of your primary stream of income
• Escape the prison of working for someone else and build a mini-empire as an entrepreneur
• Become a rock star at any creative endeavor by creating a loyal base of fans and followers
Whichever path you choose, this book will show you how to find that one job or career that feels so right, it’s like you were born to do it.
|Publisher:||Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
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Table of Contents
Plan of Attack 1
Terms of Engagement 3
1 Flip the Script 9
Objective: Choose the Winning Ticket to Your Career Lottery 9
2 Your Money and Your Life 25
Objective: Have Both 25
3 Always Bet on Yourself 57
Objective: Beat the House 57
4 Prison Break 101 77
Objective: Master the Right Skills 77
5 The Answer in Your Inbox 101
Objective: Find Your Thing 101
6 Life Coaching from Jay-Z 123
Objective: Expand Your Options, Then Limit Them 123
Next Steps: A Menu of Options 140
7 Side Hustle 143
Objective: Make More Money 143
8 You, Inc. 175
Objective: Build a Small Empire 175
9 How to Become a Firefighter (or Whatever You Want) 195
Objective: Play the Came That Will Increase Your Odds 195
10 The Self-Employed Employee 221
Objective: Become Indispensable 221
11 DIY Rock Star 243
Objective: Recruit a Small Army of Fans and Supporters 243
12 How to do Everything You Want 263
Objective: Refuse to Choose 263
13 Winners Give Up All the Time 287
Objective: Pursue the Right Opportunities (and Say Farewell to the Wrong Ones) 287
Appendix 1 Tool Kit 303
Appendix 2 "Here's How I'll Make You a Lot of Money" (Email Pitch) 306
Appendix 3 Never Lose at Tic-Tac-Toe (Bonus Lesson!) 308