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

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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? Unlock exclusive extras at www.screwworkletsplay.com Join the Play Revolutionshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice Hall Business
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0273730932
  • 9780273730934
  • 61,669

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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 Magazineshow more

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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 recessionWhether 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 Revolutionshow more

About John Williams

John Williams is a careers and business advisor for people who want something more interesting and creative than a job. He's had a high-flying corporate job as a Senior Managing Consultant at Deloittes and his own successful business as an independent consultant to the BBC, Siemens and other blue chip companies. John is an accredited coach with an Advanced Diploma with Distinction from the Coaching Academy. He also has 7 years' additional professional development in person-centred counselling and humanistic psychotherapy.show more

Table of contents

Ch 1: Join The Play Revolution Ch 2: Secret One: How to work out what you really really want Ch 3: Secret Two: How to choose what to do next Ch 4: Secret Three: How to get started right now Ch 5: Secret Four: How to guarantee your success Ch 6: Secret Five: How to play for profit... and purpose Ch 7: Secret Six: How to play the fame game -- and win Ch 8: Secret Seven: How to create an irresistible offer Ch 9: Secret Eight: How to win your first playcheque Ch 10: Secret Nine: How to play full-time Ch 11: Secret Ten: How to play your way to the rich lifeshow more

Rating details

171 ratings
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4 38% (65)
3 26% (45)
2 9% (15)
1 4% (7)

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This book, which I have spead-read really told me the very worst about the self-help industry. You have to remember that the author has NO academic qualifications at all in psychology HR, recruitment or counselling. He claims in his bio seven yearsâ?? â??professional developmentâ?? as a counsellor and a psychotherapist in parallel with his career as a business executive/consultant. The biographical claim that the author was an executive and psychotherapist, although he appears on no professional register and is now selling careers advice seems to be a career demotion if anything. Well we live in a free society and anybody can write a book, but why trust a pseudo-academic book with no references, clearly very little research if any has gone into this book. What it really is an excuse to write an autobiography and then get people to read it by saying that it is actually a book that can help one. The ideas contained in this book are shallow, vague, commonplace and actually expose a lack of reading, a lack of contact with people who do very ordinary jobs every day of their working lives for the whole of their lives, dare I say working class people. What is wrong with working in a steel works or shop for your entire career? Without a lot of people doing a lot of mundane boring jobs all their lives our society would actually implode. Williams fails to understand what the capitalist miracle is, we don't die of old age at 32 in a mud hut, but because of a co-operative effort called society most of us actually muddle along quite well. The danger of this book is that a kind of middle class elitist fantasy is being peddled in the guise of a meritocractic choice. The reality is that most people cannot transcend their day-to-day lives and that trying to opt out because one finds drudgery disagreeable and one would rather have creative and profitable experiences more of the time is actually a little self-indulgent and definitely motivated by laziness more than anything. The author takes no responsibility for the outcomes of giving his careers advice at any time. I do wonder what the author would make of the artist starving in a garret but compelled to produce great art which would be unrecognised until after their death. I do not think that this book would have helped a valid creative person such as Van Gogh in the slightest. Genuinely creative people these days get three cr*p jobs to pay for their project, they can't just opt out and change everything as the author suggests they can. I think the author needs to read a little sociology and a little economics before advising others to opt out of society in this way. The wealth test is a complete fabrication in my opinion, based on a yuppie ideal and no prior empirical development of this test. The author also needs to do some field work to balance his view of the world of work, getting a little dirty, in the footsteps of Engels, London and Orwell because he clearly has spent little time in the humdrum world most ordinary people inhabit.show more
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