What should I do next?
Want to quit your job? Not sure what to do next? If you have questions about becoming a freelancer or what to do with your life (or how to write a book), I’m happy to chat. In the meantime, start here.
Figuring out your next steps
"What To Do When It's Your Turn" by Seth Godin — inspirational and empowering
"Anything You Want" by Derek Sivers — plain-spoken advice from a successful business owner
Ikigai — finding the intersection of what you do, what you love, what the world needs, and what people will pay for (here's an article to start)
40 Freelancing Secrets — a short book I wrote about what I learned during my first decade freelancing
Doing great work
"Essentialism" by Greg McKeown — great advice for staying focused
"Deep Work" by Cal Newport — the how-to manual for getting more done
Productivity Planner — the best weekly planner I've ever used (and I've used a lot); read more about planners here
Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule by Paul Graham — an excellent essay that helps you figure out how you like to work (and how to manage your schedule accordingly)
Bose noise-cancelling headphones — it's like having your own cocoon. They're not cheap, but consider them a 5-year investment.
Writing a book
"Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published" by Eckstut and Sterry — the manual I used for getting an agent, writing a book proposal and getting my first book published
"Platform" by Michael Hyatt — essential reading for promoting your book (or anything else)
"Your First 1000 Copies" by Tim Grahl — helpful if you're feeling overwhelmed about writing / publishing a book
Questions to ask yourself
What type of organization do I want to work for?
What industry / field?
What type of culture?
Who do I want to work for?
A group of people
What is most important to you?
What type of work do you want to do?
Executional (write, design, photograph, etc.)
Leadership / management
(Hint: read Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule by Paul Graham)