Career Renegade: a book review.

If someone were to ask you to define goals in your own life you might say:
Career Renegade

  • Make a great living.
  • Love what I did.
  • Be around people I loved.

Well, these were the exact goals that Jonathan Fields, author of Career Renegade, had when he left his job as a securities/hedge fund lawyer roughly a dozen years ago.  Since then Jonathan has been able to realize those goals and live life to the fullest as a husband, father, teacher, speaker, and entrepreneur.

Jonathan launched a boutique creative marketing and entrepreneurship catalyst group called Vibe Creative and in January of 2008 launched a company called “Career Renegade” to help train others to be able to live and work as he does.  He also runs two websites, JonathanFields.com and CareerRenegade.com.  Jonathan had previously run blogs at both sites but he has decided to merge the two blogs on Tuesday, October 13th, into one blog at JonathanFields.com.  And, according to a recent blog post, he has also relaunched TribalAuthor.com as what he calls a “full-on blog” and has begun contributing a weekly column to the new Huffington Post book section.  So, as you can quickly note, he certainly appears to be living the life that he set out to live based on his original goals listed above.

Inspiring and Practical

Have you ever read a book that was jam-packed with so much information and resources that once you finished it you had to read it again?  This was exactly the case when I read Career Renegade.  This isn't just a feel-good book, although I did feel great after reading it.  What is more important is that not only does it inspire, but it also gives you actionable steps that you can take to achieve the goals of making a great living doing what you love to do.  At the same time, Jonathan gives us real-life examples of people like Ann Rea who was able to parlay her artistic talents into partnering with wineries to paint scenes of their vineyards.  And there's the story of Victoria Colligan who was able to launch a national organization called “Ladies Who Launch” that brings female entrepreneurs together for education and support.

Challenge Yourself

The impression that this book initially had on me was that I cannot continue to make excuses for not living the life I want to live.  I should challenge myself to explore the opportunities and resources that are available.  And there are resources out there, and a lot of them are free, and they are listed in this book.  Jonathan challenges his readers to find their passion by asking the question “What makes you come alive?”  He beckons the reader to explore their passion and tap into that energy.  You just might find that you can make a living doing what you love to do.

Explore Gaps

Jonathan talks a lot about gaps in this book.  You may be able to fill a gap when it comes to information by creating an e-book or a podcast that you can sell on sites such as ClickBank.com.  He talks about resources such as LuLu.com which will help you create and sell a professional-looking printed book or an e-book.  Gaps in education are also explored in this book and how easy it is to create course material that will allow you to sell and teach your courses online.  He even supplies you with a number of sites like elance.com and scriptlance.com where you can even hire someone to write your training material content.  Being able to make money by exploring the need for stuff is also presented in Career Renegade.  Along this vein, the story of Susan Nichols is discussed.  Susan was able to parlay her passion for yoga into the development of a skidless yoga mat for a physical style of yoga called Ashtanga.  She saw a gap and a need out there related to her passion and was able to exploit that into a lucrative enterprise.

Blogging and Social Media

Setting up a blog and utilizing social media such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc to promote a blog is discussed in detail in this book.  Mentioned previously, Jonathan has been writing blogs at more than one location and is being merged into one blog at JonathanFields.com.  I've found this blog to be extremely entertaining and insightful.  Jonathan talks about how you can promote your blog by guest-posting on other, more popular blogs and how you can approach these blog owners to get your post published.  Blogging can not only promote your business but it can be a business in itself.

Possibilities

If there was one feeling I was left with after reading this book is that there are real possibilities out there if we only reach for them and utilize the tools Jonathan has detailed so thoroughly.  I have only scratched the surface when it comes to the abundant resources that are found in this book.  We can all sit there and wish we had the life that Jonathan does but, after reading this book, I feel that the possibilities are endless.  It is possible to turn your passion into your livelihood.  It may not happen overnight but if you don't try you will never know.  If you do try, who knows, maybe you too can live the life of a Career Renegade.

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8 thoughts on “Career Renegade: a book review.”

  1. Thanks so much not only for your incredibly kind review, but the time and energy you put into reading the book. Much appreciated. Looking forward to following your Renegade journey as well. 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful review.

    I also follow Jonathan Fields online and find him inspiring, but I learned some things from this review that I hadn’t known, such as his Vibe Creation catalyst group. This is definitely something I’m going to look into.

    But the thing I really felt was how the book had inspired you, as you so honestly and lovingly shared how it had challenged you to think about yourself and your own resources. I know that you are currently employed and that that’s – for now at least – a positive choice for you. And yet I get the impression that you are nevertheless your own kind of Career Renegade. I look forward to seeing how that develops for you!

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    • Christine,
      You cannot go wrong in reading this book. It is well worth the extremely reasonable investment. Thanks for the kinds words.

      Best,
      Bob

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  3. Bob – what a fantastic post! I agree that your enthusiasm for Jonathan’s book and websites are contagious! I will go and check them out, post haste! How excellent to find a resource that inspires reflection and also action… Thanks for sharing your insight and wisdom, Bob!

    Regards, Nona
    .-= Nona´s last blog ..Don’t hate the mistakes: more reflection =-.

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    • Hi Nona,
      Thanks for reading the post. I think this book is a must read for anyone, like yourself, who is out there in the blogosphere. You cannot go wrong with this book.

      Best,
      Bob

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    • Hi Belinda,
      Thanks for reading the post. The book is extremely reasonable and the value is incredible. You will also learn something about Jonathan Fields who is a very unique and caring individual with a wealth of experience. You cannot go wrong here. Anything in the review came from the book and his blog site. Jonathan provides a lot more links than I did. 🙂

      Best,
      Bob

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