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Screw Work, Let's Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for It

Screw Work, Let's Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for It [Kindle Edition]

John Williams
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"A compelling 10-step escape from corporate life that could see a summer of resignation letters."

Fleur Britten, Sunday Times Style Magazine

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"Do you have a sane work-play balance? Had enough of your job and want to change your life? Here’s how to do it"    
The Times

Stuck in a job that’s boring you to tears?

Slogging away at a business that’s never quite taken off?

Still can’t decide what you’d rather do?

Well, it’s time to change all that.

We’ve reached a remarkable point in the history of work. With the right guidance, it’s now possible for anyone to make a living from doing the things they love.

Written by a career maverick who escaped corporate life, Screw Work Let’s Play is your blueprint to create a work-life full of fun, freedom and creativity; something more like play than work.

Packed full of stories from people who turned their passion into their living – or even a million pound business – you’ll discover 10 secrets to transform your working life, starting today.

Discover life-changing ideas and practical plans including:

·        How to win your first playcheque – without quitting your current job

·        How to beat the doubts and internal blocks that hold you back

·        How you can play and get rich – even in a recession

Whether you want to start a business, create an ideal job, write a book, or change the world, there’s no need to suffer unfulfilling work any more.

Ready to play?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Pearson Business; 1 edition (7 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author of Screw Work Let's Play, selected by The Sunday Times as one of the top 6 hottest new self-help tomes.

John Williams is a career maverick who escaped corporate life in one of the world's largest management consultancies to build a unique, creative, independent career.

John helps others find a way to get paid to do what they love and runs the monthly London event "Scanners Night" for ideas people.


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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Kirk vs Harold Steptoe 11 Sep 2011
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I almost didn't buy this book, but I'm glad I did.

Like so many life-improvement books, the premise is a blatantly obvious one. If you can combine your hobby (what you do in your play-time) and your work, then you are more likely to be happy. But of course, that's only the headline.

Any of us could quit our job today and start doing what we *really* want to do, but chances are that without looking more deeply into the subject we would be broke within a couple of months, our savings gone, our mortgage or rent in deep arrears. Of course, it is the fear of those outcomes that is the main reason why most of us never decouple from the secure but boring teat of a regular pay cheque.

Is it really true that if you love what you do, you will be happy? Well, look around, the world is replete with examples! We can see that it worked for Captain Kirk, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Whoopie Goldberg, Mother Theresa and many others, fictional and otherwise. Conversely we've all met Harold Steptoes (the fictional junk dealer who is locked into a job he hates, just to support his manipulative elderly father). People who are made unhappy by their jobs are, unfortunately, not hard to find. So, there does seem to be some truth to the basic premise of this book.

This book says that the real trick is thinking deeply in order to be able to pinpoint what your passions really are: Okay, you may love sports, but do you love the playing, the camaraderie, the equipment, the competitive element? - you need to know where the epicentre of your passion lies and work out from there.

The book gives you lots of help in analysing this area, tips and tricks to allow you to be brutally honest with yourself. Self-honesty is essential if you want to avoid making a very bad decision.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read it with post-it tabs to hand! 23 Sep 2011
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Before going any further, if you decide to buy this book, please consider buying a new copy. It's not at all obvious throughout the book but right at the back there is a section that pledges to donate part of the proceeds for the book to the charity Warchild.

The basic premise behind the book is that everyone should be able to earn money from doing things they love. It sounds ideal but also completely impractical, cynics may say impossible. Indeed there are times when the book just feels a bit too relentlessly positive, and I'm still not convinced that this is a possibility for everybody. I feel that there are a limited number of case studies in the book and that this is perhaps reflective of a lack of really good examples - I would definitely have liked more and have been frustrated trying to find the additional information on the linked website.

However, there is a lot of practical advice in the book and a clear acknowledgement that no job or lifestyle is without some less interesting or fun parts, merely that if these are supporting something that fires a person's enthusiasm, they are just a necessary but bearable evil. In particular, Williams is very clear on the massive opportunities offered by the internet and I felt that this was the book's main strength. There was so much useful information on this it's definitely helped me to learn some new tools and given me some good ideas. I really feel it could do with being re-read several times and my top tip would be to read it with a pile of post-it tabs to hand as you'll probably want to refer back to some sections many times.

I can't say that I followed all of the suggestions and activities - to me that seemed to be the antithesis of playing!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually very helpful! 9 Jan 2011
By J. Read
I bought two books in this subject area, this one and "Making the big Leap". This is by far the better. Screw work lets play actually gives a lot of very helpful, practical tips. Its aimed at people who already have skills or passions and helps them to use and improve those skills step by step eventually ending up with a new self made career. The best part is it isn't a self help book, its a how too book. There is no confidence building rubbish, no hand holding or ego massaging. It simply shows new doors and ways to achieve your dream job. Filled with interesting examples and great little tips I found the whole book a great help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with ideas and gets you off your seat 12 Sep 2013
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I've read a few books on career change in the last 12 months and this is by far my favourite. I wish I read this book first as it contains brilliant ideas imitated later by other authors. Williams is straight to the point, he does not promise you to get rich quickly, in fact, he is very upfront about success taking time and involving persistence and hard work. It's rare to hear such honest feedback. I recommend it without hesitation.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful advice for these times 23 Sep 2010
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Having read many books on the same subject,I was doubtful about the chances of the author bringing anything new to the table.However,the checklist of 21 myths is very helpful as it provides a psychological and pragmatic structure to his ideas.He writes with both conviction and enthusiasm and obviously walks his talk.The resources on his website add to the tools suggested,although paying $100 for a Wealth test as recommended by him,seems overpriced.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough if somewhat 'self-help' in places
This is the first book I picked up when I decided to leave my job and I'm glad I read it for the useful insights. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mags
5.0 out of 5 stars screw work, lets play
the information in this book is rich and worth sharing in order to motivate each other with such good material
Published 3 months ago by rutendoj
4.0 out of 5 stars Constructive and Helpful Read
Firstly, I rented this book mostly due to some of the sceptical commentary on here and didn't want another book gathering dust on the shelf. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Oscar Wilde
5.0 out of 5 stars Play!Play!Play!
That's what life is all about, isn't it? Play and make a living out of it! We may grow old but it does not mean that we have to stop playing! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Di
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
This book arrived at just the right time for me. For a while I have been asking myself 'what can I do to add another income stream and get more fun out of my work' and Screw Work... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Clever, but shallow
Tugs on many aspirations and is quite a good read, but also comes over as more than a tad smug.
Published 9 months ago by Dreamboat
4.0 out of 5 stars Play at work
This is a book which at he time I am writing has had 47 reviews, so I am afraid that some of this review will necessarily cover some of the same ground as others and some will have... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephen Green
4.0 out of 5 stars flashes of brillance
The book does exactly what it says on the cover. It gives tips on how to re think yourself into a positive mentality and advance toward your career desires. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Century World - Embrace It
...this book written in 2010 is up to date riding the cusp of change survive the transition from jobs, careers etc to self ownership embrace these chapters .. Read more
Published 11 months ago by scot01
5.0 out of 5 stars Do what you love!
This book has opened my eyes and mind to a new way of working, doing what I love! I am working through it, full of joy, that this book exactly explains how it is really possible to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. R. Wyn Harrison
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