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Time to Thrive is a great upbeat Chicken Soup book that helps you take charge of your life and grow. After reading through many of the stories, it demonstrates how you need to set priorities, your priorities specifically. How you need to continue to grow and not get stuck in a rut. How if you want something to change, you have to change it. It won't change itself.
The book reminded me of the time when I wrote full-time for a living. A good living. I'd always been a software developer, typically with a company, sometimes out on my own consulting. I was at the right place in my career when the Java platform was born, just twenty years ago now. I wrote a couple books on the subject. Every once in a while I'd pickup another writing gig, but it was always after hours. Finish the day job, then write. I decided to take a leap of faith and try writing full-time. Writing full-time on its own isn't complicated. You can write nowadays for $1 / 100 words of an article, and call yourself a writer. I had a goal though of no downturn in income. And that requirement made the leap a bit scary. I had a wife. We had a house. Well, rent at least, we didn't own at the time, but we were saving for one, which was why we couldn't afford to lose any income.
I was able to live for two years strictly off my writing income, and it was a good income. But, it wasn't an easy couple of years. But, it was a dream to live off of my writing. Setting my own hours, at least around deadlines. That's what reading this book reminded me of. Dream. Grow. Take charge of your destiny.
The book's 101 stories are broken down into nine sections:
- It's Time to Meet Yourself
- It's Time to Embrace Adventure
- Thrive on Your Own Path
- Make Time for Your Most Important Customer
- Say Yes to Thriving
- Help the World Thrive
- It's Time to Reinvent Yourself
- It's Time to Pursue Your Dreams
- Make Time for Your Relationship
I do have to say I like this one, more to remind me to have my own dreams and goals. Sure, I have a family to take care of, but sometimes you just need a reminder to set up goals for yourself. I used to do that so regularly years ago and I stopped at some point. If for instance you're working somewhere for ten years, you don't want one year of experience repeated ten times. You want to grow and literally have ten years of experience. I find that all to often when I'm interviewing people at my job. Just because you've been working somewhere for a set number of years, doesn't give you the same number of years of real experience if you just keep doing the same thing.
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