Born for This

  • by Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 yet 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 best-selling author of The $100 Start Up, has created a practical, actionable guide that can help you turn your passion into paychecks - whether within a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own.
But finding the work you were "born to do" isn't just about finding your passion. Doing what you love is great, but if you aren't earning a pay check, it's a hobby, not a career. Those who jump out of bed excited to go to work every morning don't just have jobs that tap into their passions. They have jobs where they can lose themselves in the flow of meaningful work for hours at a time.
This intersection of joy, money, and flow is key to what Guillebeau will help you find in this book: work perfectly suited to your unique interests, skills, and experiences. Whether by launching a side hustle that turns into a profitable business, "hacking" your dream position within a traditional job or organization, becoming a "DIY rock star" by fashioning an entirely new profession around your varied interests, or building your own mini empire as an entrepreneur, 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.

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Nice Concepts That Might Be Difficult To Do

I wasn't sure if "Born for This" was going to be helpful to me--50 years old, doing a job I love but which has little room for advancement and isn't highly paid (Human Services, what can you do?).
If you haven't read many books on doing what you'd like to do for a living, this book might be good for you. But if you have, you'll recognize a lot of it. What's covered: Make yourself indispensable; Have income always coming in before you do something (rash?) life shattering; Sure, follow your joy, flow, the money; Look through all areas of your life and see what is or can become a more fully-developed and marketable skill. And, yes, there's quite a bit on setting yourself up as your own brand/business.
The greatest weakness of the book, I believe, is that there are in-depth case studies, but they go on and on until you're wondering how on earth Guillebeau is going to get back to his outlined point. They're enlightening; but my do they ramble!
I guess what I came away with, what will help me, is to develop my loves and skills, but I'm not ready to break with my job (nor does he advise you to go off willy-nilly and do that; he's done that in another book). Still, I've heard it from other books.
This is a good little book if you haven't been around the My-Job-Is-Killing-Me Block. Worth the time, as it's fairly short, but I wouldn't spend a whole credit on it
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- Gillian

Great book, terrible narrator

The content of this book is really great but the narrator sounds like Squidward's annoying know it all brother. It bothered me a lot but I'm glad I pushed through it because I definitely learned some good stuff.
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- Cloakt1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-05-2016
  • Publisher: Chris Guillebeau