The New Testament…

Considering it was John William’s book Screw Work Let’s Play that inspired me to start this blog it would seem fitting to start with a review of his fantastic book. However, as I haven’t worked through the exercises it is likely to be more of a synopsis, with a more complete review to follow later.

After toying with the idea of writing a blog, just one of the many ideas I thought may lead me to becoming rich beyond my wildest dreams, I decided to visit the library and borrow ProBlogger by Darren Rowse. I had no idea what I may write about but with a long-standing interest in health and nutrition, coupled with eternal optimism (or over-confidence?!), something in that field seemed as good an idea as any.

I’m a big fan of visiting the library; I enjoy the history and quaintness associated with it. To me, although I can appreciate the benefits of owning a kindle or other such device, it feels more wholesome, real and ultimately more enjoyable to read an actual book. However, alas, I too have to admit that the selection of books at the library can sometimes be a bit circa 1987 and ProBlogger sadly wasn’t available.

Earlier that morning, I had decided that Darren and his book were the answer to my career prayers and going home without it simply wasn’t an option! So, onwards I went to my local Waterstones to continue my search for the holy-grail… again no ProBlogger! I selected a couple of books with appealing titles from the business section, ordered a coffee and sat down to peruse. The books I selected (all of which are still on my list of books to read) were; Screw Work Let’s Play by John Williams, Niche by James Harkin, And What Do You Do? 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career by Barrie Hopson and Katie Ledger and Brand You; Turn Your Unique Talents into a Winning Formula by John Purkiss and David Royston-Lee.

After some deliberation, the one which stood out and spoke to me the most was Screw Work Let’s Play by John Williams and the rest, as they say, is history…

I can’t remember exactly what it was which attracted me to this book and I’m going to try not to be too evangelical about it but there was a moment, when I was reading it, where I felt that I was meant to read this book!  Suddenly, my career to date felt less of a disappointment, I felt less of a failure and everything was progressing exactly as it should. My personal eureka moment happened when I realised that my chequered career history was actually my USP!

John, if you’re reading this, did you know I was going to read it? Did you write it specifically for me?

Screw work. Let’s play. Amen to that.


My story starts here…

Stylist to the stars? Maybe not!

Welcome to my new blog Creating a Career!

My name is Francesca and I’m a 34 year old woman, living in the UK, who still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up!

I decided to start this blog after reading the book Screw Work Let’s Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for It, by John Williams.

I intend to use the blog as my online ‘playbook’, recording my personal journey as I work through the exercises in the book, which, once completed, should hopefully lead to a more satisfying career – getting paid for doing what I love!

I hope, as it develops, that my story will resonate with others who seek a better work/ life balance and a more fulfilling way to pay the rent, maybe even inspiring a few of them to believe, as I do, that there may be another way!

I look forward to; being inspired by the people I meet along the way, becoming more accepting of my chronic rebellion against the 9-5 and embracing it as an integral part of who I am!

Life is way too short, isn’t it?