----- Original Message -----
From: Imogen King
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2009 2:53 AM
Subject: I think you are
I'm writing from Cape Town, South Africa.
I found your book in our local library
The Joy of Not Working near "The Road
Less Traveled" in the psychology section and took both out. (Interestingly
it's was first taken out in the library in Feb 1998 and practically
every month since! - clearly a lot of local peoples are wanting to stop
I found your book echoed my
thoughts and views so perfectly - I have recommended it to so many
people so they can get where I'm coming from. I have taken
your book out of the library numerous times and must return it today as it is past
the maximum renewal period - but I'll return it and take it out again - I
still have the last 3 chapters to read through.
Your book has been with me on my journey - giving me little
bits of motivation along the way, as I've read 2/3 chapters a time (I
normally take out multiple books each time and read a
few non-fiction books at once)
For the last 2 yrs I'd been toying
with the idea of leaving my corporate job as a Private Banker, as a single parent
it seemed crazy for me to want to give up a "great" job - but I started
writing a journal to express how I was feeling at those "something's
gotta give" moments, so that I could see how often I felt overwhelmed and
overworked to convince myself it wasn't going to get
Finally I resigned in April this year and have been completely
"unemployed/self-employed" since mid July. I'd banked on a nice bonus in April to
carry me over a few months, but with the financial crisis having hit - it couldn't
have been a worse time to quit.
When everyone was worrying about being retrenched - I was electing
to resign - I got a mix of responses - although many echoed my feelings and
admired my step, wishing they had the guts to do the same - I think a lot thought I
was irresponsible and foolish.
It has been the best thing I could have done - even if my other
ventures don't pan out - I'll put it down to a sabbatical which allowed me to bond
with my daughter and gain more balance in my life.
Fortunately I have always believed in
a simple life and possessions have never been important to me - my debt is next to
nothing and because I wasn't enslaved to
"upgrading/updating/refurbishing" etc. I am not imprisoned to the same degree many
others are. It hasn't all been easy so far, as times I've second guessed
myself and questioned my moves - but I know I would have been more foolish to
have carried on living the way I was (which wasn't living at all).
Your book's helped direct me and encouraged me in many ways with
practically points - thank you for making me feel normal for wanting more out of
This morning I decided to Google you for the 1st time and I'm
thrilled to see your book
Career Success Without a real job - that's
just what I need as I develop this path as a solo-entrepreneur - what perfect
timing! I'm loving having the time to explore all the ideas I've had over the past
10 yrs and see which of them pan out and which don't - instead of just having
I think you are great!