Born for This by Chris Guillebeau (Book Review)

I had the wonderful opportunity of previewing an advance copy of Chris Guillebeau’s latest book Born for This in anticipation of its release today. I must say that I was not disappointed. Thrilled in fact.

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I’m a big fan of Chris’ works, ever since I read his first book The Art of Nonconformity. After reading that one, I dove headfirst into the vat of Kool-Aid. I signed up for his blog, I attended the first two World Domination Summits, and I eagerly read his next two books. Also, like many, I cyberstalked his quest to visit every country in the world.

You’d think with all of that, I’d be tired of hearing from him or that I would’ve heard all of his stories by now. It turns out I haven’t. This latest book not only revealed more about Chris that I haven’t heard before, but he has a knack for finding the stories from others that illustrate his lessons perfectly.

Born for This is all about finding your calling, landing or creating your dream job, or winning the career lottery all wrapped up in one. If you’re still searching for any of those, you need this book. Even if you’ve found your spot in the world, you still need this book. Although I’m in that sweet spot where I know what my calling is, and I’m earnestly working in it, Born for This was still an immense help to me. I gained new insights, picked up a few new ideas, and, most important of all, developed a renewed sense of permission to keep following the path I’m on.

Here’s the description from Amazon to give you a better idea of its message…

“Have you ever met someone with the perfect job? 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.  

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.”

My earnest recommendation would be that if you’re lost, kind of lost, or just unsure of the path your life is on, buy all his books and read them one by one. The knowledge you will gain is worth way more than any business school education or MBA.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us atwww.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Chris Guillebeau’s Other Works-

The Art of Nonconformity

The $100 Start-Up

The Happiness of Pursuit

Other Great Books on Finding Your Purpose-

48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller

It’s Your Call by Gary Barkalow

 

What or Who is Sucking the Marrow Out of Your Life?

Most people realize that bone marrow is pretty important. Without it you die. Problems with it and you still die, just slower. That’s where the saying about sucking the marrow from your life came from.

In this pic, Dr. McCoy is sucking the marrow from humans to create a class of super mutants. You may not think your life is that dramatic, but it is. It’s also way more important. It’s your fracking life we’re talking about.

Find out where the marrow suck is happening and put a stop to it right now.

If you need help with the diagnosis, give me a call. I’ll coach you through it.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Be Like Wolverine in Your Business

Wolverine is famous for saying that he’s the best there is at what he does. Now, what he does is killing people, monsters, and aliens that need killing. I know not many of you do that, but, in your niche occupation, are you the best there is at what you do?

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If not, why not?

Why aren’t you pushing to be the best? What’s keeping you from it? Why are you just playing around instead of truly working?

If you’re not willing to be the best, then it might be time to quit.

PS…Don’t let the fact that Wolverine is a dude keep you ladies from being the best. Domino shows us that she’s up for it as well.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

 

Why Are You Still in B-School? (part of the New School MBA series)

I came across a fellow by the name of Tynan a while back through writing my rants about the deficiencies in the business educational system. Here’s a link to one of my favorites among his blogs. It’s called The Hustler’s MBA.

After reading Tynan’s blog and several others in the same vein, I find myself wondering what damage to entrepreneuriaslism and living the American dream has been wrought by business schools. I can understand the need if you’re going to be a banker or work for a financial institution and give your life over to The Man. For any other need or endeavor there are so many other cheaper, more influential, more educational ways to gather that knowledge. You’d be stupid to go to B-school and waste thousands of dollars and years of yur life. The financial burden created by school almost forces you to go to work for someone else instead of living your own dreams and passions just to pay off student loans.

What if you looked in another direction at an alternative education? As I’ve said before, I’m firmly convinced that Dummies and Complete Idiot’s Guides will give you a better education at a fraction of the cost of what you’d experience getting an MBA. Couple the guide with a mentor who’s already successful in that area and you’re set. Even if you take your mentor to lunches and pay for meals, you can graduate one of these alternative courses for several hundred dollars versus thousands in the traditional college setting.

So, all of this begs the question, are you still going to go to business school? If you’re there, what’s your big reason for staying?

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