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Screw Work, Let's Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for It by [Williams, John]
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Screw Work, Let's Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for It 1st , Kindle Edition

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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

From the Back Cover

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?

Unlock exclusive extras at www.screwworkletsplay.com

Join the Play Revolution


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0273730932
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Pearson Business; 1 edition (7 Sept. 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 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By AlanMusicMan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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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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After a good and positive start about "doing what you love and getting paid for it", it quickly reverts to a "10 step plan" type solution - do what I tell you in this order (and nothing else) and "success" will follow. If only "real life" were that simple. The book promises much but actually delivers very little at the end of the day.

My biggest complaint is that in reality the author starts with the promise of "do what you love and get paid for it", and through his "10 step plan" he reverses the logic so that by the end of the book it has become "get paid for work you might love doing", which is most definitely not the same thing.

He emphasises at one point that you have to be realistic and that you may not be able to find work you truly "love", so you have to find something that you WILL get paid for regardless of whether it is your number one thing you love doing or not. And he also emphasises the trade off between how much you love the work and how well it pays.

His ultimate "plan" is to simply list all the jobs you are "good" at, research how many of those jobs there are and what they pay, and then draw up a list of which jobs you would prefer to do. Then go through those jobs trying to find real jobs that pay you to do that. And if you cannot find such a job, then tough luck you just have to go down your list and try the next job in turn until you do find something that exists and you can get a job doing that.

How this qualifies as "doing what you love" I don't know. Aren't all job searches just like this? What are you good at, what jobs need those skills, and which of those jobs would you prefer to do?
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