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The 7 Greatest Books To Create Your Life Of Freedom

By Jonathan Mead / Paid To Exist


So you’ve made the decision to leave your boring (and soul-sucking) day job and pursue the exciting idea of making a living from your passion.

There’s just one problem…

You’ve probably watched a bunch of inspiring TED talks, read a dozen success stories online, and maybe heard of someone in your circle who’s been able to leave their crappy job and earn a living doing what they love.

You’ve googled “turn passion into profit” and checked out Amazon but there seems to be hundreds, if not thousands, of books, online courses, and guides out there but…

What is actually going to help you break through your doubts, move past your frustrations, and prevent you from going broke or ending up worse than before you started the transition from working for someone else to working for yourself?

Reality check…

Quitting your day job is not always the best starting point, unless you’ve got a solid plan of attack.

So we’ve decided to save you a whole bunch of time, money and effort by simplifying the process for you (aren’t we so nice?).

After combing through dozens of books on the topic we’ve compiled a list of our favorite books to help you prepare for the shift. We’ve picked the most relevant, credible and current books that we could find.

Here are our top 7 books that will help you get paid for doing work that you love.

In other words, let’s get you paid to exist!

1. Lifestyle Entrepreneur: Live Your Dreams, Ignite Your Passions and Run Your Business From Anywhere in The World

Maybe you’re pondering the idea of what it would look like to branch out on your own but you need a plan that will enable you to do it in a way that’s not only sustainable, but also do-able.

Then this is the book for you.

After reading this book you’ll have a clear and solid plan on how to do that, in a way that would be achievable and allow you to create wealth whilst you’re doing it.

Written in an easy to understand, conversational manner, Jesse (who understands the challenges and rewards of starting out in online business) clearly lays out the theory, alternative models, launch strategies and outsourcing tips to make it all work.

The chapter called “Discovering Your Identity” helps you connect the dots between what types of things drive you emotionally and mentally as a person and how you can use those interests and passions to create a business that aligns with your unique makeup.

Make no mistake – you’ll still need to do the work but Jesse provides the toolkit, practical exercises, and context for you to make it happen.

2. Yes Yes Hell No: The Little Book for Making Big Decisions

When you’re working for somebody else a lot of the big strategic decision making is made for you, and as an employee you simply need to do what’s asked of you and you’ll get paid.

When you shift to working for yourself then the only person you’re accountable to, and the only person you can point the finger at when things don’t go your way, is YOU.

So you need to learn how to make timely decisions fast.

Successful people make decisions quick and then they commit to them. Furthermore, they can help those around them do the same.

“Yes Yes Hell No: The Little Book for Making Big Decisions” is easy to read and insightful. You’ll learn how to recognize and listen to your intuition and your fears, have the courage to make the decisions that feel authentic to you.

Imagine being able to help your clients get unstuck and work through any internal resistance they have to creating positive change… how powerful would that be for them and for you?

This book serves as a great tool for anyone who needs to guide, coach or counsel others – which, in our opinion, is a required skill for everyone in business and in life!

The author shares some of his own struggles throughout which makes it more relatable and inspiring.

3. Brand Identity Breakthrough: How to Craft Your Company’s Unique Story to Make Your Products Irresistible

A brand is no longer just a logo, and in order to be successful making a living doing what you love you’ll need to build a great brand.

Diehl provides a simple route for learning how to build a recognisable brand – an achievement in itself. Diehl has a unique perspective on business and life, and they come from his own adventures and involvement in many international businesses and relationships.

From looking at the value you bring to the table to identifying your target audience, the pages of this book are filled with methods to increase your brand visibility and establish credibility.

Using a variety of well established case studies, you can see how you can take an idea and potentially build it into a brand that is recognizable and successful.

This is not your typical boring, dry business book. If you’re looking for tips to getting rich, you won’t find them in here. However you will learn how to uncover your strengths and weaknesses and put yourself in the best possible light, both as an individual and as a business.

Regardless of whether or not you’ve ever dreamt of becoming an entrepreneur with a global brand, this is a fascinating read and we recommend it.

4. Powerful Words: Discover Your Secret Language for Personal Success and Maximizing Impact Through Emotional Connections

It has been said that “the pen is mightier than the sword” and we.

Politicians, psychologists, media personalities, linguists, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioners and anyone who understands how influence works will inform you that the language we use frames the reality that we create.

We are all aware that our thoughts affect many parts of our mental and physical lives.

So if you want to live a life by design then you’ll need to have a better understanding of how to transform your life through the language that you use.

Dr. Gaither really breaks down this concept to the level of individual words we use and how those words can positively or negatively affect one’s life in ways bigger than you ever realize, even on an unconscious level.

This is an enjoyable, easy read that is filled with personal anecdotes and not only clinical jargon.

Answer the key questions at the end of each chapter honestly and they’ll reveal to you the words that are powerful in your own life, past and present, and how to harness the power of words to transform your reality and future.

5. Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur: What You Really Need to Know to Start Your First Business

Whether you’re a complete newbie or have been in business for a while and are looking for ways to create new levels of success then this is a worthwhile read.

If we had read Brian Lofrumento’s book when we had first started out in the business world things would have been a lot easier that’s for sure.

This is such a great book for every aspiring entrepreneur because it takes a massive goal i.e. moving from “wantpreneur to entrepreneur” and breaks it down into small actionable and attainable steps.

Furthermore, the book is a nice fusion of personal experience combined with inspiration, quotes, and examples from many well known people in the business world.

Chapter 6 discusses ‘the biggest lie in business: competition’ and shifts the focus to collaboration as the key to success (something which we’ve indeed found to be true for our own businesses).

You’ll learn about the dynamics of being in business and some of the challenges you’ll encounter (such as the “haters”) so you won’t be surprised when they appear.

The multi-tiered product mix section of the book is powerful for understanding how to structure your business using product lines, and capture clients through streamlined funnels.

Brian delivers a keen sense of humor combined with impactful wisdom about entrepreneurship. This is a great addition to any entrepreneur library. Just make sure you implement the strategies inside!

6. Online Sales Formula: a six step model to grow your impact and income online

There’s no shortage of people out there selling the next best online sales formula, and a lot of them are making money from time-limited strategies that might have worked for them but are no longer applicable as technology evolves.

This is where Brian J. Dixon stands heads and shoulders above the rest.

A quick look at his client list will reveal that he’s working with some respected businesses and, unlike other books in the online marketing niche, The Online Sales Formula focuses on solid principles that have stood the test of the time. This book is a resource that you can refer back to time and time again, and it’ll still be relevant.

Brian teaches you timely principles and provides key information to spread your message to more people and make more money without feeling like a sleazy salesperson.

It covers everything from social media, improving your website, sending out emails, and creating compelling videos.

Furthermore, Brian presents the information in a non-techie and non-salesy way, thus making it easier to understand and action.

7. Networking Is Not Working: Stop Collecting Business Cards and Start Making Meaningful Connections Kindle Edition

If you’re going to make a living from your passion then you’re definitely going to need to focus on building meaningful relationships, and this book will reveal how to do it effectively.

As someone who has attended numerous networking events over the years with little results, this book is a breath of fresh air.

Derek Coburn is right – networking has changed, and that’s due to various reasons (such as the rise of social networking). The main issue that I’ve experienced is that often people go networking looking for what’s in it for themselves. They’re approaching it with a self-serving attitude, and that’s a surefire recipe for failure.

I’ve experienced far too many networking events that were full of superficial conversations that usually ended in nothing more substantial than, “Hey, let’s do coffee.” What a waste of time.

Coburn presents a different way of networking and his idea of setting up your own private network and giving back to others definitely has merit. Give it a go, and shift your focus to client-first networking.

This book is a quick read that is easily digestible and contains a fair amount of examples and relatable situations that resonate with daily professional interactions.

8. Paid To Exist: How To Create Your Freedom By Living And Working On Your Own Terms

No book list on getting paid to exist would be complete without a special mention of our own guide on the topic, right?

Paid to Exist is a blueprint for living and working on your own terms, a guided workbook with lessons and exercises at the end of every chapter, and a compilation of Jonathan Mead’s best writing over the past 5 years.

The great thing about reading and working through Paid to Exist is that you’ll have a framework for figuring out all of the existential stuff that you might need to work on. That’s a heck of a lot better than paying for therapy sessions!

By the end of the book you’ll end up with a clear path, guidelines and a stack of useful resources for getting you on the path to getting paid to exist.


You have to do the work. If you don’t, no one else will do it for you. If you want to live a life by design then you’ll need to grab these resources, work through the exercises, shift your mindset, learn what you don’t already know and execute!

If you want to be your own master, you’ll have to first master your mind and the quickest way to do that is to learn from those who have achieved what you want to achieve.


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