This chapter explores the enormous changes happening in the world of work and entrepreneurship and how to position yourself to benefit from them.
Hear more about how Taylor & Camille quit their jobs and created an online business that allows them to live anywhere in the world
Charles Handy CBE is an Irish author & expert in organisational behaviour and management.
Joseph Campbell, an American professor of literature & mythologist, writer & lecturer. His work covers many aspects of the human experience
Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American business executive and former chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, who has consistently ranked among the world’s 100 most powerful women.
Peter is a research professor of psychology at Boston College, and the author of a widely used introductory psychology textbook
Pat is a writer, musician, curator, consultant, activist and futurist, primarily based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of “The Play Ethic”; a book committed to advocating the power and potential of play
An American inventor, designer and entrepreneur Steve was the co-founder, chief executive and chairman of Apple Computer.
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Brian was a play theorist who spent his lifetime attempting to discover the cultural significance of play in human life, arguing that any useful definition of play must apply to both adults and children
Here are the resources mentioned in this chapter to help you if you know you want to do something different but can’t for the life of you work out what it is.
Sarah went from school teacher to ukulele entrepreneur with multiple side projects along the way.
Petra has been instrumental in the changing face of the London street food revolution. The Independent has selected Petra as one of the ‘Ten People who Changed the World‘
Robert is an author, management consultant, composer, and filmmaker, known for his development of structural dynamics & how relationships impact behavior from individuals to organizations
An American psychologist Abraham was best known for creating “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization
To find out if you are a ‘scanner’ i.e somebody who is a fast learner with multiple interests, and to get personal help to work out exactly what it is you really want to do – here are some useful resources for you:
This chapter helps you to choose a direction to investigate further now that you’ve looked at the things you enjoy doing and the experiences you want to have.
Personality profiling is a great way to understand your strengths and weaknesses so you know what you should focus on
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Brothers Charlie & Harry Thuillier created the world’s first healthy ice-cream, Oppo Brothers Ice Cream and have a fascinating tale of how they went from sleeping on the floor of a borrowed office to creating their own successful international food brand.
Ernesto Moreno & Gus Salguero created Arepa & Co – London’s first Venezuelan restaurant; they’ve made it their mission to introduce London to the flavours of the Venezuelan cuisine
Carl Rogers was an American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology
This Secret looks at how to put everything you’ve discovered this far into action, launch your journey and get paid to play!
Sam & Harry turned their crazy experiments with food into a pioneering international business
Sonja is a professor and author of the bestseller “The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want”, a book of strategies backed by scientific research that can be used to increase happiness.
Here are some inspiring podcasts for you to enjoy, detailing the journey of 3 entrepreneurs who turned their passions into successful businesses & had fun doing it
Now that you know what you want and how to get it, this chapter explores they ways in which you can guarantee your success by being unstoppable.
As discussed in this Secret, here are some interviews with creative entrepreneurs explaining how they manage their time and their mindset.
Harry and Charlie Thuillier
Brothers Harry & Charlie are the creators of the world’s first healthy ice cream, Oppo.
The $22 million business Derek Sivers built for fun
Creator of the Eden Project and rock ‘n’ roll entrepreneur
This article shares the secrets of good napping, and the upsides touted by famous nap-takers (not just John Williams from The Ideas Lab, but Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, John F. Kennedy to name a few) and other devoted daytime snoozers.
Here is proof of John’s excellent napping skills:
And if that wasn’t enough, he’s been officially endorsed on LinkedIn for his prowess in the napping department!
Nir is the author of “Indistractable” and gives solid advice on how to control your attention and choose your life
Dan shares the scientific secrets of perfect timing, the new world of work and gives advice to writers
This Secret shows you how to tune your projects towards something people might actually pay you for.
David turned a passion into a business and created a bestselling ‘Smoke Free’ app with over 4million downloads
Sophie runs “Beyond Chocolate” with her sister, aimed at helping women to stop dieting and overeating and finally enjoy food food without guilt and lose weight
Listen to Sophie talk about the early days of her business on its creation and development
This Secret is all about making your project stand out, recognising who your ideal client is, and finding the best way to communicate with them
David is a former opera singer and copywriter, turned experiential events organiser. He runs over 800 events for companies such as Disney, Zurich and Dell Computers, and puts on award-winning shows through his company, Opera Circus, which combines opera, circus and theatre together to bring amazing experiences to people.
Watch/Listen to David as he talks about improvised opera and singing in the boardroom!
This Secret is about working out your offer to sell to the people that you want to work with, and how to offer it to them.
Creator of ‘The Togetherness festival’ – Adam wanted to bring people together and have meaningful connections, developing emotional fluency, boundaries and exploring the foundations of how people connect with one another.
Freelancing and consulting service websites
People Per Hour www.peopleperhour.com
More from John on WHEN you should quit your job. . .
…and he has a lot of great advice on pricing too…
Plus we have featured some other examples of people who consult to corporations, run online businesses or have managed to create a successful personal brand around their expertise.
Kat Williams found the standard offers of the wedding industry so uninspiring when planning her wedding, that she decided to share alternative ideas and inspirations on a blog and on social media. In 2019 Kat published her book, Rock N Roll Bride: The Ultimate Guide For Rock N Roll Brides, which instantly went to #1 in Amazon’s wedding category.
From management consultant to thought leader humanising the workplace, Richard Atherton is co-founder of FirstHuman, a company that he launched to work with corporations in a much more personal way.
We have some fantastic interviews with people explaining how they won their first ‘play’ cheques.
And another gem from John..
This secret is all about how to scale up and get paid to play full-time.
Listen to inspiring videos here:
– the creator of ‘Jenga’ – a game of physical skill that’s actually fun if you lose!
– the Literary Salon owner, which brings the world’s finest writers to the world’s loveliest venues to read from their latest greatest works and share their own stories.
Create wealth by adding genuine value to the world, and getting paid to do so.
We have listed some interviews here from successful entrepreneurs who have scaled and continue to lead a rich, playful life, as well as some resources to help you to manage money, support your travels as your business grows.
Let’s listen to Tom Hodgkinson, as he talks about his journey from worker to idler, why idling takes dedication, and how to write a book in your sleep.
Here’s author, Emma Johnson, who started the blog ‘singlewealthymommy.com’ which is the number 1 blog for single mothers around the world.
And Mark Walsh, who raised over £90,000 for his conference on Embodiment
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Inspiration on how to create a portable business and be a Nomad/Location Independent:
The Ideas Lab Podcast:
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