After my sister and I boarded a London tour bus, we were joined by three college-aged women from the US. None of them seemed particularly interested in seeing the sights of London, but were busily discussing their next stop, Paris. “Are we going to see the Parthenon?” one of them asked. Her friends were a little fuzzy about that. My sister and I looked at one another and I’m guessing we were both thinking that these women must have been sleeping through geography class. What was even more surprising is that none of them seemed to be carrying a travel guide of any sort. Why, I wondered, would you spend the time and money to visit a new place and not invest $20 (or less) in a guidebook?
Likewise, why would you embark on the Joyfully Jobless Journey without guidebooks? Happily, there are numerous books available to help you on your way. Here are some personal favorites. Many of them are books I’ve read again and again. It’s a short list, but each title on it was carefully chosen because it’s exceptional.
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Seminar in a Sentence
Seminar in a Sentence
I’ve been collecting wise words for years and have gathered some of my favorites in a new little book called Seminar in a Sentence. You’ll find insights about the creative spirit, getting inspired, the problem with problems, taking risks, beginnings, the entrepreneurial spirit-and more.
While you won’t find any worn-out platitudes here, you may discover the right words at the right time on these pages. Some of them could become a new mantra; others can enlighten.
Elinor Trier gathered all her short essays and paintings in a lovely book called The Gratitude Project. Eli says that even though some of her early paintings seem clumsy to her now, she decided to put them on display because she believe it’s important for people to see beginnings.
Since I was fortunate to be one of her early selections, I’ve known about this project for some time. However, the entire collection is truly inspiring. I urge you to get a copy for yourself and see what I’m talking about.
by Blake Mycoski
It came as a big surprise to me that Blake Mycoskie’s shoe company, TOMS, is only five years old. Equally surprising is what a terrific handbook he’s written to pass along what he’s learned. While the TOMS’ story is an inspiring one, the real treasure in this book is the simplicity with which he shows us how to create our own enterprise that makes a difference and makes a profit. This is one of the best start-up manuals ever.
The second from Seth Godin’s Domino Project, packs a wallop as it urges the reader on from project idea to project completion. I’m still not sure how to describe this new treasure except to urge you to add it to your library. Like the earlier book, Do the Work is bound to be read more than once.
If you had lived in the neighborhood where Tony Hsieh grew up, you might have met an earnest little door to door salesman just discovering his entrepreneurial spirit. Now at the ripe old age of 36, Hseih shows us the path that took him from selling earthworms and photo buttons to running the success story known as Zappos.
Growing a Business
by Paul Hawken
My longtime favorite book on creating a business that reflects personal values. Lots of nuts-and-bolts information interspersed with stories of entrepreneurial success.
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