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Escaping Mediocrity Recommended Reading: F2 The Firefly Manifesto REMIXED

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So if you’ve been following along recently on my business and my life, you are up to speed on the fact that I am “walking the grid”, recovering from a major setback. (If you haven’t been following along, you can quickly catch up by reading Failing Sucks and Cake.)

fireflyOne major part of my Grid is reading  things that inspire me and make me feel better – smart, capable, hopeful, etc. So when I was watching my tweetstream the other day, I lunged at Jonathan Fields’  link to his newly released F2 Firefly Manifesto: Remixed. I read Jonathan’s blog, Awake At The Wheel,  regularly so I knew whatever he had written would be fantastic.  I just wasn’t prepared for HOW fantastic.

If you are desperate to escape professional (and personal for that matter) mediocrity and think it is impossible in today’s economy, sprint HERE and download this manifesto NOW (and don’t bother continuing your reading here – you can come back).

Still here? Ok – I’ll tell you why I like it so much and why it is Oh-So-UN-Mediocre.

1) It’s not full of links selling stuff. Nothing irritates me more than reading free documents that HINT at solutions – but to actually get them, you have to buy this ebook or that coaching program. The ideas and solutions Jonathan offers are right there, in the manifesto. And if you want further reading you can go to his blog or read his book.

2)It is practical and actionable. Sometimes I see manifestos that are long on theory and short on action steps I can take right now. Jonathan’s manifesto gives readers TONS of ideas and “Nine Renegade Actions To Take Today.”  My favorite is “Choose Your Renegade Path” where he says “With rare exception, making a great living doing what you love isn’t a matter of ‘if’ anymore, it’s a matter of ‘how’. Yes, even in this economy. “

3) It doesn’t ignore the reality of our current economic climate. I have grown so weary of the words “recession proof” and of hearing some gurus say that our mindset is all it takes to steer clear of the impact of today’s unstable marketplace. Jonathan does not pussyfoot around about what is REALLY happening – businesses are closing, people are losing jobs and new jobs just aren’t plentiful. And then —- he offers hope in the face of this reality.

Here is the definition of success Jonathan invites all of us to try on for size:

Will this career choice allow me to:

-Spend the greatest amount of time

-Absorbed in activities and relationships that fill me up

-While surrounding myself with people I cannot get enough of, and

-Earning enough to live comfortably in the world.

Jonathan not only believes that this is possible – he knows HOW to make it possible.  So, if you haven’t yet, go HERE and download your free copy of F2 The Firefly Manifesto: REMIXED. And, as always, I really want to know what you think about it, so comeback and tell me, ok?!!

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  • edgaile

    I to read everything Jonathan puts out on his Awake at the Wheel blog and his Career Renegade blog. I read the Firefly Manifesto – Remixed twice. Just great, solid information that is not overdone.

  • edgaile

    I to read everything Jonathan puts out on his Awake at the Wheel blog and his Career Renegade blog. I read the Firefly Manifesto – Remixed twice. Just great, solid information that is not overdone.

  • edgaile

    I to read everything Jonathan puts out on his Awake at the Wheel blog and his Career Renegade blog. I read the Firefly Manifesto – Remixed twice. Just great, solid information that is not overdone.

  • blisscovery

    I wholeheartedly agree. And by crazy coincidence, I actually mentioned Jonathan Field's manifesto on my blog today, too. 🙂 Maybe not such a crazy coincidence considering the tons of people inspired by his words and his example. Here's to the opposite of mediocrity!

  • blisscovery

    I wholeheartedly agree. And by crazy coincidence, I actually mentioned Jonathan Field's manifesto on my blog today, too. 🙂 Maybe not such a crazy coincidence considering the tons of people inspired by his words and his example. Here's to the opposite of mediocrity!

  • blisscovery

    I wholeheartedly agree. And by crazy coincidence, I actually mentioned Jonathan Field's manifesto on my blog today, too. 🙂 Maybe not such a crazy coincidence considering the tons of people inspired by his words and his example. Here's to the opposite of mediocrity!

  • Anonymous

    I to read everything Jonathan puts out on his Awake at the Wheel blog and his Career Renegade blog. I read the Firefly Manifesto – Remixed twice. Just great, solid information that is not overdone.

    • Anonymous

      I’m on my third reading now. 🙂 And I agree – no hype, no overdoneness. Which makes is awesome.

  • jonathanfields

    Seriously, you guys rock. Thanks so much for the kind words!

  • jonathanfields

    Seriously, you guys rock. Thanks so much for the kind words!

  • jonathanfields

    Seriously, you guys rock. Thanks so much for the kind words!

  • Anonymous

    I wholeheartedly agree. And by crazy coincidence, I actually mentioned Jonathan Field’s manifesto on my blog today, too. 🙂 Maybe not such a crazy coincidence considering the tons of people inspired by his words and his example. Here’s to the opposite of mediocrity!

    • Anonymous

      You did? I love it when synchronicity happens like that. 🙂 I’m going to check out your blog right now!

  • sarahrobinson

    I'm on my third reading now. 🙂 And I agree – no hype, no overdoneness. Which makes is awesome.

  • sarahrobinson

    I'm on my third reading now. 🙂 And I agree – no hype, no overdoneness. Which makes is awesome.

  • sarahrobinson

    I'm on my third reading now. 🙂 And I agree – no hype, no overdoneness. Which makes is awesome.

  • sarahrobinson

    You did? I love it when synchronicity happens like that. 🙂 I'm going to check out your blog right now!

  • sarahrobinson

    You did? I love it when synchronicity happens like that. 🙂 I'm going to check out your blog right now!

  • sarahrobinson

    You did? I love it when synchronicity happens like that. 🙂 I'm going to check out your blog right now!

  • Seriously, you guys rock. Thanks so much for the kind words!

    • Anonymous

      Easy to write kind words about something great, Jonathan!!!

  • bobbessette

    OK, you convinced me to download the Firefly Manifesto and I will also purchase his book, Career Renegade. I stumbled onto Jonathan's site within the past month and have been following him regularly. He has also been so kind as to respond to an email I sent him the other day. I too love to read books and inspirational stories that move me. Thanks for the recommendation. I will certainly get back to you after I read it.Best,Bob

  • bobbessette

    OK, you convinced me to download the Firefly Manifesto and I will also purchase his book, Career Renegade. I stumbled onto Jonathan's site within the past month and have been following him regularly. He has also been so kind as to respond to an email I sent him the other day. I too love to read books and inspirational stories that move me. Thanks for the recommendation. I will certainly get back to you after I read it.

    Best,
    Bob

  • OK, you convinced me to download the Firefly Manifesto and I will also purchase his book, Career Renegade. I stumbled onto Jonathan's site within the past month and have been following him regularly. He has also been so kind as to respond to an email I sent him the other day. I too love to read books and inspirational stories that move me. Thanks for the recommendation. I will certainly get back to you after I read it.

    Best,
    Bob

  • OK, you convinced me to download the Firefly Manifesto and I will also purchase his book, Career Renegade. I stumbled onto Jonathan’s site within the past month and have been following him regularly. He has also been so kind as to respond to an email I sent him the other day. I too love to read books and inspirational stories that move me. Thanks for the recommendation. I will certainly get back to you after I read it.

    Best,
    Bob

    • Anonymous

      Bob I really really enjoy Jonathan’s work – and I am glad you do to. He is so accessible and real. Which is one of the many additional reasons I like this manifesto. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

      • Guest

        Hi Sarah,
        I really enjoyed it but I think there is an assumption that Jonathan is making that people who lost their jobs hated them. I also have a corporate job which I love and I think if I lost it I would still pursue replacing it with a similar job. I also think that if you are a family man, as I am, having the funds to get by in the interim, would be necessary to just switch employment streams. This would be a huge concern of mine. I think Jonathan probably had plenty of money when he left his corporate job but that is only an assumption and I could be off-base. I have a brother who lost his job as an attorney about 9 months ago and is still searching for a replacement job. I think for him to be a career renegade would be extremely difficult. But then again, I guess maybe I’m just making excuses for him.
        In certain situations, dropping everything and heading into another direction makes sense, as in Celestine Chua’s situation. She was/is single to the best of my knowledge. She decided to pursue her passion as a single person and didn’t have others depending on her, to the best of my knowledge. I can see how it worked for her but I’m skeptical about others in different circumstances. But that is what is great about Jonathan Fields. He pushes the envelope and we need people like him in the world!

        Best,
        Bob

        • Bob,

          Thanks so much for sharing those thoughts. No doubt, both the book and the manifesto were written as tools to provide both inspiration and a whole lot of strategy to those who are really unhappy with their current or recently lost gig. It’s not so much that I assume that everyone who works for someone else hates her or his job, that’s just not the primary audience I’ve written those two chunks of content for. If you’ve lost a job you love and a similar one exists elsewhere, by all means, go for it!

          But, even then, I’m still a firm believer in leveraging a lot of the strategies laid out in the book and in the action section of FF Remixed to begin to build your own “portable” personal brand. It’ll give you more power in both the hiring process, may actually lead people to find and chase you and provide more juice in the retaining and growing process within any organization.

          • Guest

            Hi Jonathan,
            When you mention “FF Remixed” are you referring to the Firefly Manifesto? Just curious. Let me clarify, I like(shouldn’t have said “love”) my job but the amount of time that I spend there is my main concern. I want more time to “smell the roses” and maybe help others rather than working every hour of the day to keep things afloat financially. When I go to the gym, and that is almost every day, I get up at 3:40 AM and I typically don’t get home until 7PM. Then I typically hit the sack around 9:30PM. The time of my life is devoted to working. This is what I want to change and hopefully I will get there. When I read about the time you spend with your daughter, in one of your recent posts, I was jealous because I never had that time with them, at least during the week. You are very fortunate but I can see that you already realize that fact.

            Best,
            Bob

  • tammibrannan

    Sarah -thanks. It's really cool that you plugged another blogger so strongly in your message, links included. I am downloading, and I will share. Thanks for being so cool. (:tam

  • tammibrannan

    Sarah -thanks. It's really cool that you plugged another blogger so strongly in your message, links included. I am downloading, and I will share. Thanks for being so cool. (:
    tam

  • tammibrannan

    Sarah -thanks. It's really cool that you plugged another blogger so strongly in your message, links included. I am downloading, and I will share. Thanks for being so cool. (:
    tam

  • Anonymous

    Sarah -thanks. It’s really cool that you plugged another blogger so strongly in your message, links included. I am downloading, and I will share. Thanks for being so cool. (:
    tam

    • Anonymous

      Well – it’s IS Jonathan Fields after all. 🙂 And I love sharing good resources with my peeps!!!

  • sarahrobinson

    Well – it's IS Jonathan Fields after all. 🙂 And I love sharing good resources with my peeps!!!

  • sarahrobinson

    Well – it's IS Jonathan Fields after all. 🙂 And I love sharing good resources with my peeps!!!

  • sarahrobinson

    Well – it's IS Jonathan Fields after all. 🙂 And I love sharing good resources with my peeps!!!

  • sarahrobinson

    Bob I really really enjoy Jonathan's work – and I am glad you do to. He is so accessible and real. Which is one of the many additional reasons I like this manifesto. Can't wait to hear what you think!

  • sarahrobinson

    Bob I really really enjoy Jonathan's work – and I am glad you do to. He is so accessible and real. Which is one of the many additional reasons I like this manifesto. Can't wait to hear what you think!

  • sarahrobinson

    Bob I really really enjoy Jonathan's work – and I am glad you do to. He is so accessible and real. Which is one of the many additional reasons I like this manifesto. Can't wait to hear what you think!

  • sarahrobinson

    Easy to write kind words about something great, Jonathan!!!

  • sarahrobinson

    Easy to write kind words about something great, Jonathan!!!

  • sarahrobinson

    Easy to write kind words about something great, Jonathan!!!

  • Hi Sarah, I really enjoyed it but I think there is an assumption that Jonathan is making that people who lost their jobs hated them. I also have a corporate job which I love and I think if I lost it I would still pursue replacing it with a similar job. I also think that if you are a family man, as I am, having the funds to get by in the interim, would be necessary to just switch employment streams. This would be a huge concern of mine. I think Jonathan probably had plenty of money when he left his corporate job but that is only an assumption and I could be off-base. I have a brother who lost his job as an attorney about 9 months ago and is still searching for a replacement job. I think for him to be a career renegade would be extremely difficult. But then again, I guess maybe I'm just making excuses for him. In certain situations, dropping everything and heading into another direction makes sense, as in Celestine Chua's situation. She was/is single to the best of my knowledge. She decided to pursue her passion as a single person and didn't have others depending on her, to the best of my knowledge. I can see how it worked for her but I'm skeptical about others in different circumstances. But that is what is great about Jonathan Fields. He pushes the envelope and we need people like him in the world!Best,Bob

  • Hi Sarah,
    I really enjoyed it but I think there is an assumption that Jonathan is making that people who lost their jobs hated them. I also have a corporate job which I love and I think if I lost it I would still pursue replacing it with a similar job. I also think that if you are a family man, as I am, having the funds to get by in the interim, would be necessary to just switch employment streams. This would be a huge concern of mine. I think Jonathan probably had plenty of money when he left his corporate job but that is only an assumption and I could be off-base. I have a brother who lost his job as an attorney about 9 months ago and is still searching for a replacement job. I think for him to be a career renegade would be extremely difficult. But then again, I guess maybe I'm just making excuses for him.
    In certain situations, dropping everything and heading into another direction makes sense, as in Celestine Chua's situation. She was/is single to the best of my knowledge. She decided to pursue her passion as a single person and didn't have others depending on her, to the best of my knowledge. I can see how it worked for her but I'm skeptical about others in different circumstances. But that is what is great about Jonathan Fields. He pushes the envelope and we need people like him in the world!

    Best,
    Bob

  • Guest

    Hi Sarah,
    I really enjoyed it but I think there is an assumption that Jonathan is making that people who lost their jobs hated them. I also have a corporate job which I love and I think if I lost it I would still pursue replacing it with a similar job. I also think that if you are a family man, as I am, having the funds to get by in the interim, would be necessary to just switch employment streams. This would be a huge concern of mine. I think Jonathan probably had plenty of money when he left his corporate job but that is only an assumption and I could be off-base. I have a brother who lost his job as an attorney about 9 months ago and is still searching for a replacement job. I think for him to be a career renegade would be extremely difficult. But then again, I guess maybe I'm just making excuses for him.
    In certain situations, dropping everything and heading into another direction makes sense, as in Celestine Chua's situation. She was/is single to the best of my knowledge. She decided to pursue her passion as a single person and didn't have others depending on her, to the best of my knowledge. I can see how it worked for her but I'm skeptical about others in different circumstances. But that is what is great about Jonathan Fields. He pushes the envelope and we need people like him in the world!

    Best,
    Bob

  • jonathanfields

    Bob, Thanks so much for sharing those thoughts. No doubt, both the book and the manifesto were written as tools to provide both inspiration and a whole lot of strategy to those who are really unhappy with their current or recently lost gig. It's not so much that I assume that everyone who works for someone else hates her or his job, that's just not the primary audience I've written those two chunks of content for. If you've lost a job you love and a similar one exists elsewhere, by all means, go for it! But, even then, I'm still a firm believer in leveraging a lot of the strategies laid out in the book and in the action section of FF Remixed to begin to build your own “portable” personal brand. It'll give you more power in both the hiring process, may actually lead people to find and chase you and provide more juice in the retaining and growing process within any organization.

  • jonathanfields

    Bob,

    Thanks so much for sharing those thoughts. No doubt, both the book and the manifesto were written as tools to provide both inspiration and a whole lot of strategy to those who are really unhappy with their current or recently lost gig. It's not so much that I assume that everyone who works for someone else hates her or his job, that's just not the primary audience I've written those two chunks of content for. If you've lost a job you love and a similar one exists elsewhere, by all means, go for it!

    But, even then, I'm still a firm believer in leveraging a lot of the strategies laid out in the book and in the action section of FF Remixed to begin to build your own “portable” personal brand. It'll give you more power in both the hiring process, may actually lead people to find and chase you and provide more juice in the retaining and growing process within any organization.

  • jonathanfields

    Bob,

    Thanks so much for sharing those thoughts. No doubt, both the book and the manifesto were written as tools to provide both inspiration and a whole lot of strategy to those who are really unhappy with their current or recently lost gig. It's not so much that I assume that everyone who works for someone else hates her or his job, that's just not the primary audience I've written those two chunks of content for. If you've lost a job you love and a similar one exists elsewhere, by all means, go for it!

    But, even then, I'm still a firm believer in leveraging a lot of the strategies laid out in the book and in the action section of FF Remixed to begin to build your own “portable” personal brand. It'll give you more power in both the hiring process, may actually lead people to find and chase you and provide more juice in the retaining and growing process within any organization.

  • Hi Jonathan, When you mention “FF Remixed” are you referring to the Firefly Manifesto? Just curious. Let me clarify, I like(shouldn't have said “love”) my job but the amount of time that I spend there is my main concern. I want more time to “smell the roses” and maybe help others rather than working every hour of the day to keep things afloat financially. When I go to the gym, and that is almost every day, I get up at 3:40 AM and I typically don't get home until 7PM. Then I typically hit the sack around 9:30PM. The time of my life is devoted to working. This is what I want to change and hopefully I will get there. When I read about the time you spend with your daughter, in one of your recent posts, I was jealous because I never had that time with them, at least during the week. You are very fortunate but I can see that you already realize that fact.Best,Bob

  • Hi Jonathan,
    When you mention “FF Remixed” are you referring to the Firefly Manifesto? Just curious. Let me clarify, I like(shouldn't have said “love”) my job but the amount of time that I spend there is my main concern. I want more time to “smell the roses” and maybe help others rather than working every hour of the day to keep things afloat financially. When I go to the gym, and that is almost every day, I get up at 3:40 AM and I typically don't get home until 7PM. Then I typically hit the sack around 9:30PM. The time of my life is devoted to working. This is what I want to change and hopefully I will get there. When I read about the time you spend with your daughter, in one of your recent posts, I was jealous because I never had that time with them, at least during the week. You are very fortunate but I can see that you already realize that fact.

    Best,
    Bob

  • Guest

    Hi Jonathan,
    When you mention “FF Remixed” are you referring to the Firefly Manifesto? Just curious. Let me clarify, I like(shouldn't have said “love”) my job but the amount of time that I spend there is my main concern. I want more time to “smell the roses” and maybe help others rather than working every hour of the day to keep things afloat financially. When I go to the gym, and that is almost every day, I get up at 3:40 AM and I typically don't get home until 7PM. Then I typically hit the sack around 9:30PM. The time of my life is devoted to working. This is what I want to change and hopefully I will get there. When I read about the time you spend with your daughter, in one of your recent posts, I was jealous because I never had that time with them, at least during the week. You are very fortunate but I can see that you already realize that fact.

    Best,
    Bob

  • I started reading this yesterday and just finished (I have to do my reading in between crises – I have 2 very small children at home).Anyways, I wanted to thank you for the recommendation. I'm feeling really inspired. It couldn't have come at a better time for me. I just lost my job, I didn't particularly love it, and I'm ready to 'go renegade' and pursue my passion. But I feel sort of like I'm being impractical or irresponsible (see 2 small children). This manifesto helped me see that no, I'm really not. I'm seizing an opportunity that has been presented to me.

  • I started reading this yesterday and just finished (I have to do my reading in between crises – I have 2 very small children at home).

    Anyways, I wanted to thank you for the recommendation. I'm feeling really inspired. It couldn't have come at a better time for me. I just lost my job, I didn't particularly love it, and I'm ready to 'go renegade' and pursue my passion. But I feel sort of like I'm being impractical or irresponsible (see 2 small children). This manifesto helped me see that no, I'm really not. I'm seizing an opportunity that has been presented to me.

  • I started reading this yesterday and just finished (I have to do my reading in between crises – I have 2 very small children at home).

    Anyways, I wanted to thank you for the recommendation. I'm feeling really inspired. It couldn't have come at a better time for me. I just lost my job, I didn't particularly love it, and I'm ready to 'go renegade' and pursue my passion. But I feel sort of like I'm being impractical or irresponsible (see 2 small children). This manifesto helped me see that no, I'm really not. I'm seizing an opportunity that has been presented to me.

  • I started reading this yesterday and just finished (I have to do my reading in between crises – I have 2 very small children at home).

    Anyways, I wanted to thank you for the recommendation. I'm feeling really inspired. It couldn't have come at a better time for me. I just lost my job, I didn't particularly love it, and I'm ready to 'go renegade' and pursue my passion. But I feel sort of like I'm being impractical or irresponsible (see 2 small children). This manifesto helped me see that no, I'm really not. I'm seizing an opportunity that has been presented to me.

  • I started reading this yesterday and just finished (I have to do my reading in between crises – I have 2 very small children at home).

    Anyways, I wanted to thank you for the recommendation. I’m feeling really inspired. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I just lost my job, I didn’t particularly love it, and I’m ready to ‘go renegade’ and pursue my passion. But I feel sort of like I’m being impractical or irresponsible (see 2 small children). This manifesto helped me see that no, I’m really not. I’m seizing an opportunity that has been presented to me.

  • I started reading this yesterday and just finished (I have to do my reading in between crises – I have 2 very small children at home).

    Anyways, I wanted to thank you for the recommendation. I'm feeling really inspired. It couldn't have come at a better time for me. I just lost my job, I didn't particularly love it, and I'm ready to 'go renegade' and pursue my passion. But I feel sort of like I'm being impractical or irresponsible (see 2 small children). This manifesto helped me see that no, I'm really not. I'm seizing an opportunity that has been presented to me.