I started writing Boardroom to Beach Chair, and Back Again in 2006 when the world economy was strong and “dropping out” was a choice you could make, as opposed to one made for you. Books take a long time to write and publish and much has changed since I began. As the economy tanked in 2008, I had some hesitation about completing my book and starting my blog. Would it still be relevant? Would readers find it annoying to read about someone walking away from a very good job when nearly everyone I know is grateful to have a job? So I started asking everyone I met, “Would you read a book about rediscovering your passion for work? Even if starts with someone who walks away from a very good job? Would this subject still interest you and would you find it valuable to read in today’s world?” The answers I got back were resoundingly: “Yes!” People said they were interested in any real life story that had a happy ending, especially one on a topic that applied to them—work. And then I realized that now it is even more urgent to find one’s passion for work, since retiring early or changing jobs may no longer be an option. If you are stuck in a job, it is even more important to be happy at work.
If you happen to find yourself burned out by work, I have a story that might help you get some perspective back in your life. Even if you can’t afford to take time off from your job, I hope that this blog and book will offer you useful lessons for renewing your energy and enthusiasm for work.
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