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My most recent audiobook was “Chillpreneur,” which is geared toward business owners. I was drawn by the premise that you could be successful in business without working every second of the day. Denise Duffield Thomas’ goal is to help entrepreneurs, especially women, find the right business model for them without having to work 24/7.
What I enjoyed about the book is that she dispels some of the common myths about business, including that you have to wake up at 4 a.m. and have no work-life balance. That, she says, is based on the traditional, “masculine models of success.” That sort of lifestyle doesn’t allow someone to spend time with family, if that’s what he or she wanted to do. I also like that she acknowledges the struggles women face in business, including the wage gap.
She offers a refreshing alternative to the notion that we have to constantly hustle in business. That cutthroat attitude comes from a place of scarcity, in which you believe there is only a finite amount of money or success in the world, vs. an abundance mindset, which believes there is more than enough success/money to go around to everyone. So what is a “chillpreneur”? She explains that you don’t have to be a Type A to be successful. She’s a Type C, who she says is chill and ambitious but lazy. If you’re a chillpreneur, you care but are not attached to the outcome of your efforts. Success doesn’t have to mean nonstop work and no play. (There is a lot more to the definition that you can find in the book.)
Another point that stood out to me is that you can be a contributor instead of a guru. You don’t have to say anything new. You can simply contribute to the conversation in your field without claiming to have all the answers. You don’t have to be the best to make a difference, she says.
You also don’t have to feel bad about making money without trying hard. Passive income is not a negative thing. Why do we need to prove we earned money through struggle and hard work? What’s wrong with easy money? I see this resistance to passive income from non-bloggers frequently. Many refuse to use a blogger/influencer’s affiliate links or codes because they view it as a negative source of income. But really using affiliate links, for example, is compensating someone for connecting you to the item/service you already wanted. If you are a blogger, you don’t need to feel like you’re doing something icky by using affiliate links. You are helping people and being compensated at the same time. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Denise Duffield Thomas shares much more advice on being successful in business. She even provides scripts you can use in certain circumstances, like when you want to raise your prices or turn a free client into a paying customer. I highly recommend her book to those who have money blocks, or limiting beliefs that are holding you back from success. I think this is an audiobook that I will turn to in the future as a reference.
Have you read “Chillpreneur”?
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