Book Review: Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills – Marianne Cantwell


Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills was a book, again,  recommended to me by a friend and also one that Tim Ferriss has some very positive comments about. So with 2 such positive recommendations, I felt compelled to read it and I am very pleased that I did.
Marianne has a deceptively firm coaching style that is woven into a very readable and practical book. It is entertaining, inspirational and highly motivational and you will certainly feel her focus and encouragement for creating your lifestyle business.
While you could read this book and find some excellent views on starting a business, Marianne’s aim is not to help you create a replacement for your current career but to create a lifestyle that gives you the financial reward for your efforts and the freedom to live life as you like and on your terms.

A trail blazer in crafting her own ‘free range’ life, Marianne offers a structured approach for you to do the same. And if you need more accountability and support to design your own free range life, then Marianne also has a coaching programme to support your journey.

A key question Marianne asks is “if you had only one life, what would you do with it? “. Life is not a rehearsal and so if you aren’t living the life you want, then you are going to have to make a change.

What is clear from reading the book is that you absolutely cannot succeed unless you have a passion for what it is you do and a confidence about selling yourself and your expertise.
So it is critical that you are going to either be comfortable with or going to be able to get comfortable with presenting yourself as an expert and asking for money. The alternative is to continue doing what you are doing now. If you want to make a change then you have to be prepared to work hard, remain motivated and be persistent to make that change.

Be a Free Range Human: Escape the 9-5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills is a mix of straight-talking, concrete business advice, real life examples and infectious enthusiasm and a call to action. What I found was the book seemed refreshingly honest and practical. And even if you decide the the ‘Free Range Life’ isn’t for you, the exercises are a great insight into what is important to you.

What was interesting is that many of the case studies appear to be of women creating ‘Free Range Lives’ and I wonder if that is a true demographic of those making the change. A more male perspective would have been an interesting contrast.

Having noted that minor point the book is still a great read and full of very sound advice and inspiring stories. If you are ready to change your life from battery commuter to free ranger, this book gives you the tools and support, so all that remains is the decision and a degree of intrepidity!

Want to make a change. Get this book, read it and DO THE EXERCISES.

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