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Free Work

Charlie Hoehn has come up with a great idea called "free work". This is a radical new approach to start anyone down the path of building the career they want, and the life they want, while doing what they want to do.  

I wish I had thought of this at the start of my career. Instead, I followed the conventional path and wasted years of my life in corporate misery. I finally found the courage to break free, but it just wasn't necessary to wait.  

In his TEDx session, Charlie talks about how frustrating the traditional job search actually is. Searching for a "normal job" is the first step down a path toward creating a life you absolutely do not want. 10 years later, you find yourself in an industry you did not choose, surrounded by people you did not choose to be with, doing a job that does not tap into any of your true interests or talents. This is the conventional path that we are told to accept, but there are other ways.

What I find most interesting about Charlie is how he struggled with, and then ultimately found himself overcome by, his gut-feelings and intuition. His decision seems to have come from a place of feeling backed into a corner. Oftentimes, extraordinary accomplishments come not from our exceptional talents or capabilities, but from panic and desperation. 

Faced with options that makes us feel sick inside, too many of us try to cope. We turn to anti-depressants and we lie to ourselves because we can see no other options. But thee are options. There are endless options in life and infinite solutions to every problem.  Free work is one.  Enjoy the video.

Posted by Mark Manney.

Comments

Floyd

I'm really dubious when anyone says "I'm not special, anyone can do this" Ultimately there are people who don't fit into the even broad mold that works with that plan. The First assumption that has to be in place is that you have to have the social skills to seek out those opportunities to do free work for. Second assumption is that you have to have a sufficient line of credit or line of support to keep you alive while you are getting skills and giving your work away for free.
Third assumption is once again that you have to know what you want to do, you have to have certain interests. For the seriously depressed like me that is a difficult proposition.

Also, you should listen to his after interview. He mentions that he still is struggling and unsure about his path. Don't go wishing so quickly that you had taken this path ten years ago.

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