How to Quit Working: A Simple Plan to Leave Your Job For a Life of Freedom by Jeff Steinmann (Towerview Press)
“You deserve a life that lets you get up each day and do exactly what you want, and you can have it.” This is the promise Jeff Steinmann makes in How to Quit Working. That sentence alone should compel you to rush to Amazon and buy it with one click. When an author describes his own book as “the smartest, most advanced, effective, streamlined, and proven system for creating and marketing a business you will find anywhere,” you have to figure (a) he has delusions of grandeur or (b) he knows what he’s talking about.
I would vote for (b). Steinmann has definitely walked the walk. He had a successful, yet unsatisfying career in corporate America, until he quit to launch his own business. After one disappointing attempt, he not only figured out how to create his desired lifestyle, he also built a company that would help others build theirs.
One part memoir, one part instructional manual, and several parts straight talk and humor, How to Quit Working is Steinmann’s answer to Thoreau’s haunting observation, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
Likening the design of an ideal life to a blueprint for a skyscraper, Steinmann guides readers through every step of planning, laying the foundation, erecting the building, and raising the spire. Interspersed among the information-packed chapters are first-person narratives by entrepreneurs who have “quit working” and created more fulfilling professional and personal lives.
Sample bits of wisdom from the author:
- The only thing we have that is worth anything is time. Create an income that never requires you to sell your time!
- Being a successful entrepreneur (or successful anything) is not about being smart. It is about how committed you are.
- Target your niche. Your niche is not “everyone.”
- To create your desired life, you must know and write down exactly what you want your life to look like.
If you think having the life you want sounds too good to be true, you haven’t read How to Quit Working. This book will change your mind!