As many of you know, I left my corporate gig over 2.5 years ago to strike out on my own. I get emails all the time asking me how I did it, and it’s really a hard thing to answer in a single post as it is a culmination of so many things I went through. However, I can say that it has been the best years of my working life, which started at 14 with a paper route. The ability to work when I want and for whom I want has really changed my life. I no longer dread sitting in a cubicle all day making someone else rich; instead, my every move is dedicated to both increasing my earnings while reducing my work time. For the most part, I now try to get the majority of my work done in the first 4 hours of the day, from 8-12, which leaves me the rest of the day to go hiking, do some woodworking, run errands, or just sit outside with a good book. It’s not for everyone, but it’s certainly for me. Along the way, I have read a whole bunch of books that have enabled/assisted me in getting to this place in life, and if you have been looking for ways to simplify your life and live life the way you want to versus how someone else wants you to, you might want to check a few of these out. They were essential to me changing my attitude towards money and how I spent it, and learning how to adapt my thinking to be able to survive on my own without a boss to report to. If you can find them at the library, I would definitely borrow them. Alternatively, if you buy them, you can refer to them often – I have read several of these books a few times each and will continue to go back to them often. For me, they have been invaluable in teaching me what I needed to know to succeed on my own and change the way I look at making money. Check them out if you get a chance and are looking to make some of these changes in your own life.
I cannot promise that any of these books will help or solve all your problems, but they certainly helped me out as I started thinking about/exploring my options for being self-employed and living a simpler life. Good luck!