In this 45 minute interview, Shel and I touch on a number of topics that are central to the book, including what it takes to break away from the corporate grind.
In February of 2007, I did my first-ever radio interview for Free From Corporate America. It took me a few months to pull the audio together for irritating reasons that aren’t worth dwelling on here.
But it’s now ready to play or download:
It’s a pretty large file (10 megs, 45 minute interview), so if you do the “play” option by clicking on the previous link, make sure you have some time and also a broadband connection. Dial-up folks should probably download the file first and then listen to it (right click on the link above and do “save target as” to save on most computers, or save in similar fashion).
The interview was broadcast by Valley Free Radio, based out of Northampton, Massachusetts. The host was Shel Horowitz, and I appeared as part of his weekly “Principled Profits” radio program on ethical business.
In this 45 minute interview, Shel and I touch on a number of topics that are central to the themes of the book, including:
- the origins of the book and the hard business lessons that went into it.
- why the era of white collar outsourcing (and how to respond to it) is integral to this book’s themes.
- the dream of getting beyond the corporate grind and what it takes to break away.
- the formation of my own company and how that changed my economic terms of engagement.
- the key tactics outlined in the book:
1. the importance of taking a chance on your passions but also finding a market for the work you love most.
2. distinguishing between “true assets” and “false assets”.
3. transitioning the “employee’s mindset” to the “owner’s mindset.”
4. why you don’t have to start your own business to change your economic fortunes, and the importance of branding yourself and not your employer.
- how the outsourcing of the information worker is changing the workforce and the nature of the corporate contract.
- how to respond to the loss of a job or to an employment shifts in your industry, and the importance of making pro-active skills changes.
- whether it’s possible to be ethical in business and also achieve financial success.
- why small companies may be more ethical than large ones.
- how the Internet can make it easier to market-test business ideas and accelerate the feedback loop.
I’d like to thank Shel for having me as a guest and I hope folks enjoy the interview!
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