In the last eight years I’ve come across a huge amount of excellent entrepreneurial reading material, in which I am particularly interested (as you may know)! I get excited when a conversation turns to business theory, the how and why of starting your own thing, the energy it takes to manifest exactly what you need—it’s awesome. But for the most part, I’ve really skipped over the anti 9-to-5 bits. I didn’t really need them, and during the brief time they were pertinent I had other problems to solve.
It always bugs me that I skip things. I love taking in all this information, and skipping over anything feels like losing the whole picture. I remind myself (constantly) that a human being can only read so much in a lifetime, and that’s how it goes.
So I bet you can imagine how I felt when I found out, this week, that a friend of mine is thinking seriously of getting rid of her 9-to-5 job… and working from home. This is going to be fun, I think to myself! Suddenly, all those links and passages I’ve been skipping are relevant. I have so much catching up to do! Not only do I have a great reason to start paying attention, but someone will actually be able to use what I find—and I’ll get to watch what happens! I’ve been living the business-from-scratch dream, struggling to get it right with all the time in the world but no backup stream of income… and now I get to live the anti 9-to-5 dream, having the benefit of previous income, limited time and all, vicariously, through my friend! That’s what I’m so excited about.
I’m such a goon sometimes.
Anyway! I decided to make a list. These are the resources that seem absolutely pertinent to the start of any similar endeavor. It’s not very long, but I know that this handful of resources will help my friend (and maybe you, too!).
In addition to those, the Boss Lady resources section has a ton of great material. If you’re looking for more on the Impossible -> Possible front, Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxie Maltz is a freakin’ incredible introduction to remaking yourself and your situation, and Think and Grow Rich, though very money-motivated, discusses a lot of positive manifestation techniques (among other things). I also suggest The Renegade Organizer’s Guide to Paper Management if you do not already have a complete handle on your office space—she will start you off on the right foot. (If you are like the rest of us and are an organizational disaster, she will be your new best friend.)
If the whole idea has you just plain freaking out but you intend to do it anyway (you can do it!), I suggest How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie. I love you, Dale.
Er, so that’s it! I hope it helps!