Career Renegade – Book Review

Are you working at your job and wondering why you aren’t doing what you love? Maybe your passion is surfing, finance, or knitting. Regardless of what your passion is there is always a way to make money off what you enjoy doing. That is if you can find the right angle. You just need to find a way to deliver value to people so they will pay you for your skill.

The “doing what you love” method of making money is a popular topic lately. Many people are flooding into this market. The problem is that they don’t have enough true wins or losses in their past to be considered an expert. They just talk a good game.

We must separate the fakers from the real deals. After meeting Jonathan Fields at South by South West I’m confident that he is the real deal. His book, Career Renegade, takes the reader through the steps necessary to take his/her career to the next level.

Stressed Out Lawyer

Jonathan was a stressed out lawyer who discovered that he had to make a life adjustment unless he wanted to die a young man. When a person’s health forces him to make a change, the creativity often surges out of him.

Jonathan realized that he could make money pursuing his passion of health and fitness without creating some new style of workout. He leveraged the existing market and found a way to deliver more value than his competition. He created health and fitness companies that changed tens of thousands of people lives. He used this success to become a writer, speaker and consultant. Quite an amazing career. I know he poised to implement even bigger and better ideas.

“The task, big or small, must be clearly defined and the steps needed to get there must be laid out in detail or at least be highly delineated along the way. Getting there does not have to be easy, but you need to be able to see, even from a distance, where you are going.”

– Jonathan Fields Career Renegade

Your Career

You can create the career that will make you feel like you are the luckiest person on earth. You just have to discover what strengths you can use to make it a reality.

Fear has probably dictated many of your choices up to this point. It’s natural. It’s important to be able to relax with your fears and not allow them to prevent you from creating a career that makes you happy.

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
– Henry David Thoreau 

You don’t need to live a life that isn’t fulfilling. You can create the life that will fill your bank account and fill your soul.

Career Renegade

This book will give you tips on how to build a business through the internet, networking and sheer creativity. If you already have a dream career in mind, then buy this book. You’ll find helpful stories and unique ideas that will help you build a career you are passionate about.

Career Renegade was written for a person like me who is trying to build his online presence. My favorite chapter was chapter 11 “Is the world ready for you?” In this chapter, Jonathan writes about separating from the pack and finding a niche in order to position yourself as an expert in your desired field of work.

The ideas in this book have helped me to assess my own choices and figure out better ways to deliver value to you.

Like any good non-fiction book, Career Renegade gives the reader a few good ideas to help take life to the next level.

Go to Amazon and buy this book – Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love

Also visit his two blogs Career Renegade and Awake at the Wheel. There are only a few people that will challenge you to improve your life and Jonathan is one of the best at it.

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7 thoughts on “Career Renegade – Book Review”

  1. Hey Karl,
    Great review of this and what it’s all about. I’ve heard of it (and visited Jonathon’s sites on occasion) – but nothing more. Now…I think it’s time to check this one out – thanks for the pointer to it!

  2. Well put – separate the fakers from the real deals. There’s a lot of free advice these days.

    I think the secret of doing what you love is finding the intersection with profit and knowing what you need to make to fund your life style. The other secret is that when you do what you love you have the passion and energy for staying power. This helps you improve a little at a time that add up to periodic breakthroughs. It’s how you change your game. In a saturated world, it’s this formula that helps you stand out. You keep getting up to bat and raising your bar.

  3. This looks like a good read. Currently reading “Ignore Everybody,” which is also a great read (cant’ remember the author’s name). I’ve become a big fan of using the Kindle app on my iPhone…I’ll check to see if this one is available.

  4. Hi Karl: There’s a growing dissatisfaction with the “rat raced” as evidenced by the popularity of books such as “The 4-Hour Workweek”, the one you highlight here, Jonathan Mead’s book over at “The Illuminated Mind” and so on. We should all be career renegades!

  5. Thanks for this post – I’ll be picking up the book, as I could use the support. A few months ago I left a career as a business appraiser, and two weeks ago we launched a website for people that travel with their pets. My husband is also leaving his career and we are selling our house to buy an RV. Our plan is to use our website to travel with our own dogs, and write a blog about our adventures. We’ll also be able to offer pet travel advice and continue to add content to the site. Even to me it seems a little crazy sometimes, but we are passionate about traveling and can’t stand to be separated from our dogs – so this seems like a perfect fit. Hopefully the book can help get me through the “WHAT AM I DOING??” moments.

  6. Hi Positively Present, if you use my Amazon link I get something like 90 cents. 😉

    Hi Lance, it’s worth your time.

    Hi J.D., persistence baby. That’s what all the great ones had.

    Hi Nathan, I’ll put it on my reading list.

    Hi Marelisa, I think that’s why a lot of us became bloggers. We are trying to build new careers.

    Hi Amy, you sound like you are already creating your renegade career. Good for you. This book will definitely give you some ideas and resources to make it a success.

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