Friday, November 11, 2011

Career Renegade: How To Make A Great Living Doing What You Love By Jonathan Fields

Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love

Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love
By Jonathan Fields

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Product Description

There's a revolution brewing across the nation--a movement that's changing lives and revealing little known paths to passion and prosperity.

It's about building a great living around what you love to do most. Once you've been touched by it, you'll never be the same. This book is your way in, your admission ticket to the world of the career renegade.

Jonathan Fields, mega-firm lawyer turned successful lifestyle entrepreneur, blogger and writer shows you how to turn your passion–whether it's cooking or copy-writing, teaching or playing video games–into a better payday and a richly satisfying life.

* Discover the 7 career renegade paths to prosperity
* Tap technology to turn a seemingly moneyless passion into a goldmine
* Rapidly test and tune your idea for free, from the comfort of your couch
* Establish yourself as an authority in a new field with little or no investment
* Cultivate the mission-driven, action-oriented career renegade mindset
* Rally others to your cause, and convince them you're not nuts

Join the movement now…and take back your livelihood and life!

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #52777 in eBooks
  • Published on: 2009-01-07
  • Released on: 2009-01-13
  • Format: Kindle eBook
  • Number of items: 1
Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
For all the corporate drones who feel drained and devalued by their jobs and long to pursue their passions, Fields, a high-powered attorney turned successful entrepreneur, offers a motivational and practical guide to starting your own business. The author tells his own story of corporate disillusionment and physical deterioration (capped by a stress-exacerbated heart attack, which he interpreted as his body literally rejecting his career) to a new life as a fitness entrepreneur. Fields moves beyond self-help rhetoric to proffer helpful, no-nonsense steps for aspiring business owners, acknowledging that career renegades must not only identify their own secret passion but must also translate it into a profitable and sustainable enterprise. In addition to sharing inspirational career renegade cases studies, such as Liv's Story, in which a frustrated artist discovers a profitable niche decorating custom cakes, Fields provides pragmatic strategies for creating a realistic business plan, exploiting technology and employing affordable guerilla marketing. While the author does not spend much time addressing the financial risks, chances of failure or enormous commitment of personal energy and resources involved in entrepreneurship, he does provide an engaging firsthand look at the rewards in doing what you love for a living. (Jan.)
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From Booklist
Renegade in the title is appropriate, especially if readers are searching for a traditional career guide, which this is not. Instead, former high-powered New York City lawyer turned serial entrepreneur Fields leans heavily on the 75 percent of employees who are dissatisfied with their jobs. The first part involves discovering one's secret passion, via a few exercises. What makes the journey with this author worthwhile are his sections on determining the exact work path (yes, via research on the Internet) and on developing a business. The references and ideas will inspire; he also interviews quite a few renewed careerists, whether it's the tale of the young mother who started the Young Rembrandts franchise or an artist who found her passion in creating edible art through her family-owned Rivera Bakehouse. Part 3 zeroes in on honing online knowledge and creating an authority figure, via such social networks as MySpace or through blogging and word of mouth. --Barbara Jacobs

"Career Renegade is a game changer…hell, it's a life changer!'" -Karen Salmansohn, bestselling author of Be Happy, Dammit! and The Bounce Back Book

"Through his own compelling story and piles of great advice, Jonathan Fields shows how you can pay the bills by pursuing your passion. If you're tired of following the herd, and yearn to go your own way, you need to read this wise, inspiring book. Now." - Daniel H. Pink,the New York Times bestselling author of A Whole New Mind, Free Agent Nation and The Adventures Of Johnny Bunko

"Career Renegade hits the biggest obstacles people who feel trapped in their jobs face head-on...fear of not earning enough money, deciding what to do next and knowing how to do it. Jonathan Fields' advice is pithy, current and amusing. I'm impressed with the depth and breadth of this career book!" –Julie Jansen, author of You Want Me to Work with Who? and I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This
"Career Renegade provides actual tools and real success stories that will not only inspire you, but also feed your financial passion for making money while doing what you love!"
--Victoria Colligan, Founder, Ladies Who Launch

"Damn, I wish I had this book when I became a career renegade in 2002. I left a cushy career as VP marketing for several corporations to do what I love. Had I been able to learn from Jonathan Fields, I would have made the decision more quickly and lived the dream earlier. Don't wait. Buy Career Renegade today and start building a life around your passions. - David Meerman Scott, bestselling author of The New Rules of
Marketing and PR

"Finally, a guide which marries practical 'do what you love' advice with the best &...

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful.
5Great information, wealth of wisdom
By John Chancellor
There are three major benefits that you will gain from reading this book.

First it will serve as a motivation to all who want to give up the rut we all call a job and move out on their own.

The second benefit is really a step by step guide about how to move out on your own. Not only does Jonathan tell you how, he gives links to hundreds of resources to help you accomplish what you want.

The third valuable benefit is the wisdom that Jonathan shares from his own experiences.

The third benefit is perhaps the most valuable. Under the wisdom he shares, there are two very valuable lessons - either of them worth the price of the book.

The first lesson is how to deal with fear. Here Jonathan gives some extremely good advice. Fear is probably the number one reason most people do not achieve their dreams. His advice is to explore and quantify the fear. Ask what are the consequences of failure, what is the worst case scenario, and examine the results. Often this will put fear in perspective. Then let go of the fear. Do this only once and let go.

Then you need to explore and quantify inaction. What are the results of doing nothing? If "staying the course is going to create a miserable future", that should be an unacceptable alternative. Once you explore and quantify inaction, let go. Again do this only once. What you focus on expands. So only examine the fear and inaction once and then move on.

Then the important part is to stimulate success daily. Again, what we focus on expands. So stimulate success daily. You do this by being clear about what you want, believing you can achieve it and taking focused action.

The other huge lesson is how, when and why to involve others family/friends/mentors in your mission

The last lesson is probably the best advice in the entire book. There is no one person, guru, mentor who can give you the magic formula or set of directions that will work for you. In the final analysis, "no one can stand in your shoes. No one else can take action but you."

Take responsibility for your own life.

Ask yourself this question, "Will this career choice let me spend the greatest amount of time absorbed in the activities and relationships that make me come alive while earning the living I need to live?"

The book is well written and easy to read. If you really wish to change your life, to take charge and put your future in your own hands, this is a great place to start.

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
5Practical, actionable advice from someone who has walked the walk
By Mario Sanchez Carrion
If you've ever wondered how you can turn your passion into a business, this book is probably the best place to look for answers. The author, who left a career in law years ago to pursue his dreams as an entrepreneur, describes in great detail seven often overlooked ways to make money doing what you love.

He starts by explaining how each particular strategy can work for you, and follows through with real life examples and a list of resources for you to dig deeper on your own. Then, he continues to guide us through the process of marketing our dream, the basics of Internet marketing, and how to use blogs and social media to make our mark in the world and gain influence.

Perhaps the passage of the book that I liked the most is when the author talks about conventional wisdom, and how it gets in the way of identifying opportunity. Learning to defy conventional wisdom (or what others may call "thinking out of the box") is the best way to discover niches that nobody is addressing and that you can turn into a business.

With that frame of mind and the practical tips in this book, you shouldn't have any problem finding work that is at the same time lucrative and fulfilling.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5Jonathan's book is going to be my handbook.
By Lisa Benner
I am near the beginning of my journey of making the necessary changes to make a living doing what I love. I am so grateful to Jonathan for this book. Not only has it inspired me anew, but I will be referring to it again and again, on each step of my journey. His information is impressive in its scope and depth. I now feel that, instead of standing before a huge mountain, I now face it equipped with a set of mountaineering gear to begin my climb. I am more skilled at using some tools than others, but fear and reservation have been replaced with determination, inspiration and specific ideas of how to move ahead. This book is chock full of practical advice, lists, and bullets points of how to begin new explorations and tackle problems step by step as they arise. So here I go! Thank you, Jonathan!



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