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Saturday, February 16, 2013

How to be a Free Range Human

In a discussion with friends the other day about work/life balance, the term “Free Range Humans” came up. It was new to me, but a few minutes with Google showed most roads leading to Marianne Cantwell who describes “Free Range Humans” as  people who have figured out what they want to do with their lives and they are doing it, right now. They choose when, where and how they work, and get paid to do what makes them come alive. They have decided to live their life every day, not just weekends.
 
In her book “Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills”, life coach Cantwell offers help to mid-career professionals to work out what they really wants and offers suggestions for creating a life of fulfillment.
 
You’re equipped with an “internal GPS.” When you’re making big decisions about your career, listen to it. “Remember, there is no point wasting time on an option if you get a big screaming ‘no!’ inside,” Cantwell writes. page 41

Avoid the influence of the “beige army.” They are “the managers in the office who can’t see the big picture – they are staid, repressed, and terrified of change.” Mostly they will feel threatened when you “consider making a change outside their comfort zone.” Don’t listen to them. page 130

When you’re getting started with a new business, “respond fast to press  inquiries,” Cantwell writes. “Journalists usually have short deadlines and are likely to take first responses.” page 208

You needn’t run a B&B to be a “free range” worker who can live anywhere. “A location independent business is usually run online and is ... a mixture of selling services (consulting, coaching, Web design) or virtual products,” Cantwell writes. page 236

Are you ready to be a person who has created a “free range” work/life that suits you? Who gets paid to do what makes you come alive? Decided to live your life every day, not just weekends?
Or do you think that this course of action is probably impossible given today’s reality and that to head this direction is irresponsible and perhaps disastrous?
I’m interested in your feedback.

If you are interested in buying this book,

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek 2/11-17/2013

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