Book Review: "Born for This" by Chris Guillebeau

Book Review: "Born for This" by Chris Guillebeau

Want to know what Free to Pursue thinks about Chris Guillebeau's book "Born for This"?

I gave the book a 4 out of 5 Rockstar rating.

Chris helps the reader navigate career success by helping us focus on the following:

  1. Maximizing the joy-money-flow model
  2. Trying new things and eliminating what doesn’t work
  3. How building up our banked savings and goodwill can make all the difference
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When Ideas Have Sex

When Ideas Have Sex

I was away at a conference last week (the first of a few trips I alluded to in this post) and the experience was overwhelming to say the least.

Not because of the number of people—though 1,200 is a lot—but because of the number of opportunities that presented themselves. I have never had so many great conversations in a short four days, and I mean never.

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Are Those Golden Handcuffs On Too Tight?

Are Those Golden Handcuffs On Too Tight?

You are an economic unit. You know your job is to maximize the resources you have at your disposal to lead the best life you can lead. And you are doing exactly that: you have a good job with a good company and you only have 10 more years before you get to retire at age 55 with a good company pension. Sounds pretty great, right? Tons of people would envy your position. You're set! 

So what's the problem?!

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The Devil Made Me Do It. Why We Always Have A Choice.

The Devil Made Me Do It. Why We Always Have A Choice.

As some of you may already be aware, there are two movies that really resonate with me from a philosophical perspective. One of these is The Matrix and the other? The Devil Wears Prada. The concept of choice is a fundamental theme that runs through these two movies and anyone watching them would be hard pressed to not consider what that might mean in their own lives. It certainly did for me and still does. 

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You're Right Dear. Again.

You're Right Dear. Again.

Why do others always see what isn't working in your life before you do? I find it particularly annoying, I mean really!

In my case, the person who always sees what's going to blow up in my face way before I'm willing to see it is my husband. He's always right in the end, but he's not pushy about it or judgmental (yes, he's a saint). He's happy to let me fall flat on my face (when I deserve it) and offers advice when I seek his counsel.

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Want To Be Happier? Watching "House" Might Help.

Want To Be Happier? Watching "House" Might Help.

Watching Season 5, Episode 14 "The Greater Good" that is. 

The episode features character Dana Miller, a medical doctor and researcher who, it is estimated, was 8 - 10 years away from finding a cure for retinoblastoma, a rapidly developing cancer of the eye. What is interesting about the episode is not that it features exotic diseases --a must in all episodes of the show -- but rather one of its subplots: the pursuit of happiness.

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What Fuels You? Do You Pursue It?

What Fuels You? Do You Pursue It?

A big part of my satisfaction in life is, and has long been, feeding what makes me tick. I love a challenge, adventure, continuous learning, new experiences and self-sufficiency. What I don't like is having a lot of structure imposed on my day, spending time with people "because it's what I have to do", seeking status, and suffering repetition and predictability over the long term. 

So what? I think it matters because knowing these things about myself helps me understand what I am naturally good at and what I should avoid. And, if I seek out and work on what I am naturally good at, I will likely produce better results for myself and others.

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