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The world of work has become a tricky and difficult path to negotiate. On the whole the employer calls the shots. Never mind your transport, or childcare, or relative care, or partner circumstances or earning requirements. The employer may offer you overtime with little or no notice. You may have a zero hours or small hours contract which the employer varies at their whim, whilst expecting you to be available as and when they need you, with no consideration to any plans commitments and arrangements that you may have. Any refusal or quibble highlights you as being unreliable or inflexible. So how do you budget then with earnings fluctuating from zero to modest? How long before you exhaust the patience of your friends and family? Then to top it all, you are sat at the table with the brain surgeon, the rocket scientist, the olympic athlete, the mountaineer and the professor and its your turn to answer the dreaded question "and what do you do?". The cyanide pill would be an overreaction, so you curl up and die inside inside as you say " i'm just a....". As well as demonstrating how you build a pleasing and rewarding way of life for yourself, the book helps you to answer this question in a positive manner. It is actually a good checklist to make sure that you are doing something that makes sense to you. The answer that you are waiting tables or delivering pizzas to fund your way through university has long been acceptable. So should it be that you are cleaning toilets until your xyz business takes off, or that you are doing whatever work you can get to keep the family finances in the black. Portfolio career may for some be a bit to grand a title. You may simply be fitting in what you can when you can and making the most of difficult times and people should and do respect you for that. Keep it up and maybe you will settle into a pattern that is good for you mentally physically and financially. This book is a great tool to help you rationalise and negotiate your decisions with those that assist and support you or those who need to understand the rationale behind what you are doing. In particular, you need to form an understanding or how much money it will bring in and when. Lord Turner and others who write reports of say 1600 pages for governments and then bill hundreds of thousands at the end may not have to put in a few shifts with the pizzas to keep the cashflow going but the marketing consultant and entrepreneur Brad Burton most famously did. Although the book may seem a little bit middle class (all pottery and pilates) the principles are the same. An undertaker I know of ran a diy shop adjacent to the funeral parlour, so in between waiting for people to die and whipping up coffins to order, he would advise people on their diy dilemnas. This book is a great support in helping you to blend and experiment with the choices before you to find the perfect recipe for your circumstances that best balances all the needs and demands. Happy juggling.
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