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Before I talk you into shelling out $1,000 for this e-book (just kidding – it is Free to download!), a little bit on what this book is about:

  • Creative Success and
  • More Freedom, Money and Time for you.

Being Creative

Are you a creative person? Well, before you answer that question, it stands to reason we first define what being a “creative person” means. In the author’s (Mark McGuinness) own words:

“By creative people, I mean people who take creative approach to work and life. People who work hard, but because they love what they do, it doesn’t feel like work.

They may be artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, coaches, scientists, cooks, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals – or tackling complex, meaningful, inspiring challenges in other fields.

If this sounds like you, read on.

Why do creative people need Freedom, Money and time?

Creative people need three things to be happy.

  1. Freedom – to do what you want, when you want and how you want it. Not just in holidays and spare time – but also doing meaningful work, in your own way.
  2. Money – to maintain your independence and fund your creative projects. Of course you want a nice place to live, but you’re not so worried about a bigger car than the guy next door. You’d rather spend money on experiences than status symbols.
  3. Time – to spend as you please, exploring the world and allowing your mind to wander in search of new ideas.

Usually, you’re lucky if you get two out of the three. But if one of them is missing, it compromises the other two.

Without money, you don’t have much freedom, because you have to spend your time chasing cash.

Without time off, money doesn’t buy you a lot of freedom.

And if you’re doing something you hate for a living, it doesn’t matter how big your salary is, or how much holiday you get. You still feel trapped.

Surely there must be a more creative solution?

If this still sounds like you and you’d like a little more freedom, money and time in your life, read on.

What I got from this book?

In one word, Plenty! Here’s a list of the top 10 things I learned:

  1. Am I creative?: Creativity is not just a fancy label that only artists with long hair and thoughtful expressions carry – even though you might think you are not creative (or not creative enough), after reading the book, you might change your mind.
  2. It’s about Quality of Life: I want Freedom, Money and Time. Why? Simply to improve my quality of life.
  3. Don’t Compromise: It is OK to be Unreasonable about having all three – Freedom, Money and Time. Just one or two out of the three will just not do!
  4. Being skillful does not guarantee you money – Yes, you need to be skillful to make money, but, as Mark found out in his 2nd business, it’s not guaranteed.
  5. Your first love and the Market: In Mark’s own words – “Your market may be next door to your first love”. With poetry being his true love, he found “market-love” when he looked next door!
  6. Sharing adds; not subtracts: In today’s “knowledge based” marketplace, the more you share, the more you increase your chances of success. Why? Because it depicts your knowledge and people trust knowledge sources.
  7. Sales without Marketing is like surgery without an anesthetic:  Mark’s suggestion. Don’t try either. It’s way too painful.
  8. Your biggest enemy. Is sometimes (ok, most of the times), Ready?… YOU! Let go of your prejudices that limit your capacity. These usually start with thoughts like “I don’t think I can do that” OR thoughts that contain sentences that have the words “never” or “always”, in them.
  9. The wrong business model can crush you. Yeah, I know you knew this already. But, it’s these simple things that we neglect and overlook… until it’s too late. Mark shares his story about how this one got him!
  10. Never Give Up! – Well, before you take this too literally and rush to make some 2011 resolutions (you’re 17 days late!), there are some things that you should give up (like smoking?) … and then there are some that you should Never give up. I am talking about the latter – like pursuing your dreams. Persistence does pay! Keep creating and innovating!

About the e-Book

A few quick points about the e-book:

  • It’s FREE!
  • It’s a light read – 34 pages in all.
  • Describes Mark’s unconventional career journey, as a poet and creative coach, and the lessons he’s learned the hard way about finding the right combination of freedom, money and time.
  • It’s full of practical advice you can apply to your own situation, if you want to earn a living from your creative talent, or if you’re a freelancer or small business owner and want to make your business less stressful and more profitable.
  • Mark and his partners have also prepared an in-depth training program to accompany the e-book, and I’m pleased to be an affiliate partner for the launch. But the e-book itself is free to download, with no need to even give your email address.

Get your copy of Freedom, Money, Time and the Key to Creative Success by clicking here OR by going directly to the download page.

Also, please feel free to share the e-book with anyone who you think would find it helpful.

When I am asked “Why do you write”, its usually followed by a “Everyone  knows most writers don’t make a living out of it. So, why would you do something like that?”

In answer to this,  the following quote by James Baldwin resonates with me.

“You write in order to change the world…. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” – James Baldwin

If you keep this in mind, you can sense the difference writers’ and authors’ tribe makes to this world. And in pursuing this passion, you come to a point, when you meet and interact with many people who are changing the world one article and one book at a time. Seth Godin says, “He writes because there is no better way to spread ideas”… I agree. So, if you look at this Tribe of authors you will see their commitment to spreading ideas, sharing ideas – like a free trade of exchange of ideas to shift the world view in a medium called “language” which is what separates human beings from animals.

When I wrote my eBook, PINk and Grow RICH, I was sharing the idea that ” RICH means different things to different people. Most successful people did not start with the motive to get rich. They were more interested in helping others”. And then it was a matter of time when I saw the power of sharing ideas through social media. I found an aspect of “creativity” and “community” that I did not know.


This was brought forth for me by Roger C Parker, who shared his review on his popular blog leveraging social media to do so . His review focused on sharing ideas on content, design and picking a title – ideas exchange for those writing or considering to write an eBook.

Read below his post on content and design

Content & design tips for e-book success

Read below his post on choosing a title for your book

Choose a memorable book title before you begin to write your book


This became visible with post from William Reed and an interview with Rajesh Setty. They became part of the community that helps you spread the ideas using social media.

Read below article by William Reed
Lessons in Leadership from Deepika

Read below interview with Raj Setty
Pink and Grow Rich; Interview with Deepika Bajaj

And their respective communities “Tweeted” and shared it with their communities. And I became part of a bigger community – a larger community powered by social media.

So, as a gift this holiday season, I am taking 40% off the price on my ebook (regularly priced at $9.95, now $5.99).

We all have people who give us material gifts, this season give an idea as a gift and become part of the larger community of folks who share your interests. Make this Holiday count for someone, who is not stepping up to his maximum potential Or someone who feels robbed of his dreams Or someone who thinks if he had more money, he would be happy….Get your copy now and gift it to as many people…and become an agent to spread the ideas.

Announcing Defiant! – A Social Media Project

by Rajesh Setty on August 31, 2009

defiant_spreadsWe are pleased to announce the launch of an eBook –

defiant: Practical Tips for Thriving in Tough Times

a social media project.

The entire project was influenced and powered by social media. A few months ago, I reached out to people (or peeps as they say on Twitter) via my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter asking them to contribute one or two ideas/insights that will help people thrive in these tough times.

Long story short. More than 50 people contributed about 80 ideas and insights. You can see these ideas in Appendix III of the book. I am grateful to all the contributors (listed later in the blog post)

Get the Book for FREE

The eBook is FREE and there are NO strings attached. Just click the button below and enjoy!

( And, if you like the book, PLEASE spread the message about the book and help us by helping others.)


Contributors (in alphabetical order)

I want to thank all the contributors for helping make this project special and also demonstrating the power of social media.

1.    Abi Kariguddaiah (Link points to LinkedIn Profile)
2.    Aloke Gaur (Link points to LinkedIn Profile)
3.    Ari Samy (Link points to LinkedIn Profile)
4.    Arun Nithyanandam (at Arun Says)
5.    Badri Narayanan (at Compassites)
6.    Bill Sherman (at Aha-Moments)
7.    Boris Glants (at Sibyl Vision)
8.    Charles Schultz (at Vconomics, author of Game Testing All-in-One)
9.    Christine (Chris) Brown ( at Marketing Resources and Results)
10.    Chris Garrett (at ChrisG, co-author of Pro-Blogger)
11.    Darrell Z. DiZoglio (at Righteous Resumes Delivers Real Results)
12.    David Bookout (at Effetti Growth )
13.    David Zinger (at Employee Engagement Zingers)
14.    Deepak Kamlani  (at Global Inventures )
15.    Dilip Saraf (at Career Transitions Unlimited)
16.    Durjoy (Ace) Bhattacharjya (at Athletes Performance)
17.    Gautam Godhwani (at Simply Hired)
18.    Ginny Kisling (at Resumes by Ginny)
19.    Jamie Gold (at Money Allocator)
20.    Jim Parker (Link points to LinkedIn Profile)
21.    Jim Pawlak, nationally syndicated columnist
22.    Joseph Blank (at Virsalent)
23.    Kenneth Young (Link points to LinkedIn Profile)
24.    Kevin Eikenberry (author of Remarkable Leadership)
25.    Kiruba Shankar (author of upcoming book CrowdsourcingTweet)
26.    Lisa Haneberg (at Management Craft, author of “Hip and Sage” and 7 other Management Books)
27.    Liz Strauss (at Successful and Outstanding Blog)
28.    Mark Richards (at Candidate’s Chair)
29.    Mark McGuinness (at Wishful Thinking. Mark is also the co-founder of Lateral Action)
30.    Michelle Awuku (at My Factor Coach )
31.    One Nanometer (at Digital Electronics Blog)
32.    Phil Gerbyshak ( Phil is the author of 10 Ways to Make it Great)
33.    Promise Phelon (at UpMo)
34.    Rajesh Kannan (at Compassites)
35.    Ram Narasimhan (at An Experiment in Retirement)
36.    Rita Ashley (at JobSearch Debugged )
37.    Robert Sher (at CEO to CEO. Robert is also the author of “The Scent of the Deal”)
38.    Rosa Say (at Say Leadership Coaching)
39.    Sameer Vyas (at Pentominium)
40.    Seth Godin (Author of Tribes and a number of other bestsellers)
41.    Shankar (at Positive Ruminations)
42.    Soubhagya Senapati (at Blackout-World of Failed People)
43.    Sree Nagarajan (at Colligent)
44.    Sterling Lanier (at Vistage International )
45.    Terry Jansen at PSVillage
46.    Tanmay Vora (at QAspire Blog. Tanmay is the author of upcoming book QualityTweet)
47.    Tom (at Ramblings of a Non-Conformist)
48.    Usman Sheikh
49.    Vinayak Kamat (at Stack Panel)
50.    Valli Bindana (at Kreative Vistas)
51.     Yakov Soloveychik (Link points to LinkedIn profile)

The Project Team

Special thanks to Wondrack Design and Stresslimitdesign for making this project a reality. And, thanks to Bill Sherman at Intulogy for all the coaching and guidance from the initial stages of the project.