The Liberation-Based Livelihood Resource List
Over the past three weeks, we’ve been exploring what it means to create a “liberation-based livelihood” (also known as an ‘LBL’).
If you search the Internet, you’ll find literally thousands of resources related to creating a business. But I want to save you the trouble of sorting the wheat from the chaff. For this final post of the series, I asked number of colleagues what has supported their own journey toward LBL.
The result is a collection of high quality resources generated by people that I trust. The list is divided into three sections:
- Inspiration (stories to show you what’s possible)
- Creating New Belief Systems
- Information (tools to help you get there)
And — I want to let you know about a special online course that I created on this topic: “Fall in Love with Your Work: A 30-Day Adventure.” Find out more here!
Stories from and about people who have successfully made the shift to LBL:
- Leo Babauta on: “Can’t Find a Dream Job? Create Your Own”
- Chris Guillebeau on: “279 Days to Overnight Success”
- Pamela Slim on: “Time to Quit Your Day Job: The Story of Tawnya Sutherland”
- “Quit Your Day Job” (Interview with Nicolle, an artist who sells her work on Etsy)
- “The Eight-Year Escape Plan” (Interview with Tsilli Pines)
Some visual goodies to motivate you:
- “Credo for Making It Happen” from Danielle LaPorte
- TED talk on “Turning Fear Into Fuel” from Jonathan Fields
- “Your Declaration of Independence” from Pamela Slim
Here’s a list of people who have inspired Marianne Elliot (who is an inspiration to me!):
- Alessandra Pigni: Mindfulness for NGOs
- Jen Louden: The Savor & Serve experiment
- Tara Mohr: Wise Living
- Tara Gentile: The Art of Earning
- Susannah Conway: Unraveling
CULTIVATING THE INNER QUALITIES NEEDED FOR LBL
• Establishing an Awareness Practice
• Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
In this short by powerful article on “The 5 Lies of Entrepreneurship,” talented copywriter and editor Sonia Simone identifies five myths that hold many people back from starting their own business.
Wendy Appel is a coach and cultural anthropologist who has created a number of resources “to help you find your inner solid ground so that no matter what you face in life, you’ll have contact with your inner compass to steer you through life’s twists and turns; to help bring out your best self and to access your unique gifts.” Check out her Enneagram Typing Cards, Insight to Action workshops, and her book, InsideOut Enneagram. All are available on Wendy’s website.
• Changing Your Relationship to Fear and Uncertainty
My blogging buddy Nathan Thompson recommends this Podcast Interview with Jonathan Fields. Nathan writes, “Influenced by Buddhist teachings, Fields talks about the role of uncertainty, fear and doubt in the creative process.”
* Moving Past Adversity
My friend and local economy expert Vicki Pozzebon reminded me of how powerful Danielle LaPorte’s writing is. Vicki recommends Danielle’s post on “Falling Into Joy” that even provides a soundtrack for inspiration when you need it most. That prompted me to remember this one: “Decide to Rise.”
• Transforming Your Relationship to Money
- Backwards: Why Common Abundance Manifestation Approaches Are Sabotaging Your Success by Mark Silver
- The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
• The Big Picture
“The Story of the Commons” (from Yes! magazine)
All of the resources listed below will give you solid and specific information to start you on your path (or help improve your results). Some are free; some will require an investment on your part. Some of these are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase that book or course I’ll get a small commission (which helps to sustain the Liberated Life Project).
• Articles to Get You Started
“5 Steps to a More Liberated Way of Working.” (from the Liberated Life Project)
Two very helpful posts from Chris Guillebeau’s Art of Nonconformity blog:
How to Write a Personal Mission Statement
- How to Write a Mission Statement (and why I bothered) by Britt Reints
- Mission Statement Builder from Franklin Covey
- “Blow up traditional careers in favor of bodies of work” by Pam Slim
Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love by Jonathan Fields
The Zero Hour Workweek by Jonathan Mead (free e-book).
Chris also has another excellent resource for those starting on the path of LBL: The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself.
Pamela Slim offers a great online course on “Power Teaching” to help you hone your teaching skills.
At some point you may decide to work one-to-one with a skilled coach who can help you make greater progress toward achieving your livelihood-related goals. Here are a few suggestions:
• How to Find Funding for Your Idea
Take a look at this great article from the Social Media Examiner: 11 Tips for Crowdfunding. It tells you everything you need to know about how to choose and make the most of sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, plus more.
• How to Market Yourself
George Kao has been my social media and business coach. Everything George does is based in integrity and kindness… combine that with his encyclopedic knowledge of social media and online marketing and you’ve got a fantastic resource person on your side. Sign up here to get George’s monthly free Q&A calls. By subscribing to George’s list, you’ll also get the list of tools that he uses to build his true livelihood. (Let him know I sent ya!)
Fully Engaged! is the marketing toolkit that I created to help small nonprofits increase engagement among their supporters, but it also has lots of great information for anyone starting up a small business.
• And More Really Practical Stuff…
- Inside Jobs — a fantastic online resource for exploring hundreds of careers
- Back Door Jobs — a directory of creative and alternative employment options
- The Best Ways to Find Health Insurance if You Are Self-Employed in 2012
- How I Figured Out What I Wanted To Do With My Life
Please add your own resources to the “Comment” section below!
If you appreciated this article, please consider signing up for a free membership to “Team Liberation” to receive these posts by email, plus other goodies from the Liberated Life Project.