*As voted by me and the rabbits.
Many of you will be aware that I am writing a book. “Yeah, Yeah, so is everybody, I hear you cry”.
That may well be, but they are not me and it’s not this book, so hear me out.
I have been harping on about it for some time as announcing it to the world was a way of making myself follow it through, holding myself accountable. And this shit is certainly getting very real.
Today I broke the barrier of 40k words, which felt like one hell of an achievement. There is now a schedule in place to get it complete and to print. But there is still a lot to do yet.
I will cover more about the process in next month’s blogs, but for now, here is some info to hopefully whet your appetite.
What’s it called?
Falling off the Ladder. (Subtitle tbc)
Explain the name please…
It is about falling off the corporate ladder to forge your own way. Plus, I am a clumsy oaf who regularly falls off things, especially ladders. I am no longer allowed on any ladders – metaphorical or physical.
What is this book about?
Falling off the ladder is a self-help book of sorts. It is the guide I wish I had had when I furiously launched myself into full time self-employment, with no real clue as to what I was doing or where my head was. I needed advice, and I needed it quick. I had many things to wrap my head around and had to quickly pick myself up, dust myself off, and go out and profess to be an ‘expert’, even though at the time I felt like nothing but a failure.
This is not a ‘how to’ guide to the practicalities of setting up a business – there are plenty of those already out there (and I list some great resources at the back of the book). This book is about getting your head out of the mentality of working for others and living by the corporate life’s rules, to now being the ruler of your own empire, and how you can help increase your chances of winning work through being yourself and letting your personality shine, and communicating (and believing!) the value you can offer. The corporate ladder is not for everyone, and there are alternatives out there for those who feel it is not a good place for them to be.
It is about starting out in a new business and doing it on your own terms. Picking up your confidence and starting again. Finding the ‘real you’ and unleashing it in your business so you can build a business that reflects the real you. No more pretending to be someone else. It is about building your reputation and getting a steady stream of work and clients who appreciate you for you.
Ultimately I also want fellow self-employed peeps to know they are not alone, that there is a whole fabulous network out there who have felt the same, and who are ready to help each other along. This book is the starting point to get out there.
Who is this book for?
The short explanation… this book is for anyone who feels lost in their corporate career and is debating the leap into self-employment, or has recently made it. Or maybe you have been working for yourself for some time, but still carry around the corporate demons.
The long version… it is for people who feel like they can’t be themselves in the corporate world, who realise the corporate ladder is not for them. They are fed up of trying to fit in and pretend they are something they are not. They have likely had a squiggly career and never quite felt they belong or were progressing anywhere. They are people who don’t feel they fit the one-size fits all mould we are supposed to squish ourselves into. And it may have resulted in them feeling like a total failure at times.
They just want to use their skills in the way they want, be creative, work to their values, and have a work life that is flexible for their needs. They want to dictate their own terms, to rediscover their passion, and get balance back in their life. They have a lot of recovering to do to re-establish their confidence. They want to finally find a place they can be themselves in their full glory.
It is for anyone that needs to hear that it is okay to be you and do it your way. Anyone that would like to feel the strength of a community in helping them get back to being themselves.
Who would like the guidance of a well-broken in freelancer who has been there, done that. Tested the waters for you. To get some tips in turning things around.
It is for anyone having a wobble. Who’s had a wobble. Who feels a wobble coming.
More details to follow soon.