The entire purpose of our Monday Metavators is to put an ironic spin on the idea of entertaining you to make going to work on Mondays a more bearable experience. But frankly, we’re tired of the thankless job of trying to make you laugh all the time, and decided you need to step up and own some of this problem. So this week, instead of coddling your contempt for your life, we’re going to help you change it. After reading these brilliant life changing books, maybe you won’t NEED to go to work any more.
Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood
If you do what you love, will the money really follow? No, but the cops might, depending on what exactly it is that you love. What in life is it that you would do even if you weren’t getting paid? You better figure that out, because if this book’s wrong you’ll be doing it.
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Go It Alone!: The Secret to Building a Successful Business on Your Own
If you ask a dozen people who’ve been successful in business what the secret was, they’ll almost universally say “hard work”. There. We just saved you fifteen bucks. Or ten, if you were getting the Kindle version. One thing the author gets right here is the “Go It Alone” part, because when your bank accounts are nearing zero and you’re still relentlessly hawking your idea, your wife and kids will help you do it. And by “it” we mean “Go It Alone”.
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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
There’s an easier way to enjoy a four hour work week than jumping through all the hoops recommended in this book. Between the public transit commute and pretending to look for a job, collecting unemployment would probably eat up about the same amount of time. And once you’re homeless because the checks aren’t cutting it, you would be living anywhere. Maybe even a refrigerator box. One thing the author doesn’t talk about much in this book is that he’s from East Hampton , which makes working four hours a week possible right out of the gate.
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The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch
Well, we guess you’ll have to wait until NEXT week to not go to work, but seven more days won’t kill you, will they? Ironically, the key piece of advice in this book is that you don’t need to do a bunch of research and planning to be successful, you just need to DO something. So why buy the book? It’s just gonna slow you down. See? You’re getting the hang of it already!
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The Suitcase Entrepreneur: Create Freedom in Business and Adventure in Life
I knew a suitcase entrepreneur once. He created freedom and adventure using little more than a suitcase, until the big drug bust happened. He only ended up serving four years on a twenty year rap, which I guess is sort of like the reverse of the traditional route, where you’re locked up at college for four years first, and THEN go do something terrible just for the money. We haven’t actually read this one. Let us know how things work out.
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Problogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
If blogging were the way to riches in 2016, you can bet Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg would spend a lot more time blogging. Trust us. In a world where major media publishers live in fear of ad blockers because their revenue was so lame in the first place, you might make more money – hour for hour – panhandling. There’s ONE great idea you can take from the authors though: don’t spend all your time doing a thing trying to make money, spend it writing a book telling other people how they can make money doing the thing you’re not actually making money doing.
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Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
For many, after trying to read an entire book by Gary Vaynerchuk, the “it” you’ll want to crush is Vaynerchuk’s head. Go ahead and buy his book if you like, but know that this fellow has only done a few things right, and two of them were largely luck. First, he was born into a family that owned a liquor store. There are a few kinds of businesses that are hard to fail at, and pretty easy to succeed with, like liquor stores and pharmacies. Once you have the licensing and start selling, you have to be a moron to not make money. The next thing he did was notice the internet way earlier than others in his business, and commit to it, big time. The rest is bluster and self-promotion. You can read about how his “success” was engineered in hit pieces like this.
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