I haven't had a real job in twenty-something
, although I had a real estate business for seventeen years or
so. I got fired an awful lot when I was in cor-pirate
and was basically forced into self
--the best thing that could have happened to
me, in retrospect. I also discovered that I'm organizationally adverse, and
could do five times as much work on my own as for someone else.
I sold out from my real estate business some years ago since it was a bit too
much and I didn't need the money any more, and since then I've hit a bit of a
dry spell. I need something new to do in the way of enjoyable work, and your
books gave me some great ideas.
As a result of having my own business and enough
to goof off I was able to volunteer in many
different countries, spend a year in Mexico altogether (and a year in
various other countries), develop many different hobbies, read thousands of
books, teach myself all sorts of different things, etc, all while retaining
my health and living a low-stress life (at least since I got out of real
Your story of your early poverty was inspirational, especially about being
tempted to get a job but deciding against it. I felt the same way many times,
and I always felt that it wasn't worth the trade-offs that I would have to
make. Whatever problems I had would have only been complicated by having a job,
since I felt that most jobs that I had were detrimental to my mental health. It
takes time to regain your serenity after leaving a bad job, time that you can't
You mentioned that your writing wasn't the best--your books are readable and offer good advice, I suppose
that's the only standard that matters. Ever read Louis L-Amour? His style was
awful, but he sold millions. He knew his audience.
Everybody seems to be reading from the same page in terms of "success",
whatever that is, and being able to define your own success is the only way to
being happy, in my opinion. It's nice to have the money and so on, but not
everyone can achieve that, however everyone can define their own success and be
the best they can be.
Thanks too for your explanation of your book publishing [and
]. I've sold some things to a few web sites,
but nothing too profitable. I can write well enough, I just needed a little
motivation, which you gave me. Your piece on being
was great too--I've always been single, but
single people receive no support for their chosen lifestyle.
Your style is very accessible, common sense, gently coaxing without being too
preachy, at least in my opinion.