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Issue 61 - 01 | F2 | Firefly Manifesto: Remixed

By Jonathan Fields
Published Aug. 12, 2009 10:33 p.m.
Try this career choice standard on for size.

Will this 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?

    It sounds so simple. This is the standard I’ve used to guide my own evolution from six-figure, beaten down mega-firm attorney to lifestyle entrepreneur, blogger, author, copywriter, marketer and, yes, even yoga teacher…oh, and still earn enough to live very comfortably in the world and support my family in New York.

    Fact is, this definition of success keeps me honest.

    And, with good reason. It’s evolved out of thousands of hours of testing and exploring a broad spectrum of career paths and entrepreneurial ventures, interviews with a wide cross-section of successful career renegades, from maverick CEOs to internet-earning soccer moms and extensive research into the field of applied positive-psychology.

    It integrates concepts like famed cognitive scientists, Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi’s seminal work on cultivating 'flow' states with Gallup researcher, Tom Rath’s eye-opening studies on the critical impact of friendships in the workplace.

    Apply it, test it, kick its wheels & see what unfolds.

  • About Jonathan Fields | Jonathan Fields, hedge-fund lawyer turned serial entrepreneur, speaker, marketer and blogger, has been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Entrepreneur, USA Today, and thousands of websites. He currently oversees small business marketing group, Vibe Creative and venture catalyst, Career Renegade, Inc. Fields also writes a widely read lifestyle blog, Awake @ The Wheel at JonathanFields.com, shares thoughts on marketing and entrepreneurship at CareerRenegade.com and speaks around the country. When not playing at work, he can be found dancing around his living room with his daughter and wife. Occasionally, he sleeps.

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