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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Barefoot Executive by CArrie Wilkerson (Book Review)

The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss & Achieving Financial Freedom

Book Jacket-

Carrie Wilkerson offers the opportunity to live life on your terms. Want to start your workday with e-mail and coffee on the back patio? Want the flexibility of joining your fourth grader on an all-day field trip? Are you ready to take that vacation you’ve been planning for years? Then you  have a choice to make, and The Barefoot Executive will help jump-start your transition. You’ll learn:

  • Your “why”. The most important question. Why do  you want to work for yourself?
  • What type of business best suits your experience and talents.
  • How to stay focused on your goal and avoid distractions.
  • Where to find the support that will accelerate your success.
  • How to link you business to the right market.

Whether it’s a service, a product, or your insight or expertise, you already have the raw materials necessary to transform your life. Carrie will walk you through the process of building the business you need to achieve the life you want. Her guidance is practical. No philosophical silliness, no theoretical abstractions- just concrete action steps alongside insights from fellow entrepreneurs, interactive exercises, and links to Carrie’s online video coaching segments. It’s the next best thing to working one-on-one with her. The Barefoot Executive will have you energized by the  possibilities and embracing the extraordinary life that is well within your reach.

My Thoughts

To know how I feel about this book and why I love it- is to know the struggles I have gone through trying to own my own business.

My son, Aidan, was VERY premature. He was only 1 lb and 13 ounces at birth. He stayed at the NICU in Louisville, KY for 3 1/2 months. So this gave me some time to think about the life I wanted.

I knew Aidan was going to be very different from regular babies. I knew he would have a lower immune system, be sick more frequently, and have some issues. I am like Carrie, as I didn’t want to leave him with strangers.

I didn’t want someone I didn’t know watching my baby get older as I was working a 9-5 job, hating being away from him. I also found a college to go to online. I didn’t want to leave him for anything, if I could avoid it.

I couldn’t put him in daycare  because he wasn’t supposed to be around tons of kids because of the way they pass germs, so I kept pushing myself. I now have added a daughter to the mix, so more reason to be at home.

At this point in my life, I am actually doing okay from home. I am making more progress than I ever have. I have student loans that need to be paid and credit cards that need to be paid off. Although I haven’t even touched paying the interest, I want to set goals to get all of this paid.

Now- on for the book.

The reason I wrote the paragraphs above is because she asks you to take a look at WHY you want to be home. She doesn’t want you to think you are going to be a millionaire at a snap of a finger. She doesn’t want you to get false hope thinking your going to be rich.

What she is doing with this book is giving you the option to free up your days to do WHAT YOU WANT- not WHAT your BOSS makes you do. It’s stressful not being able to get off when you would like, having a flexible schedule, and spending time with your family like you want.

So, this book is born. She has DONE THIS, so she knows what she is doing. She isn’t some fake who is telling you DO THIS and DO THAT without an explanation of how, why, and what. She tells you what you need to know to get where you think you want to be.

This book isn’t some boring, drab book that will have you drooling after the first page. She makes the words as light-hearted and funny as she is. She isn’t blah-blah-blahing you do death. This is important information that you NEED to succeed. So, your going to want to buy IT, get out the sticky notes and highlighters and get to making your way into the world YOUR WAY.

You simply cannot spend your life in fear of losing your job, your health, your life or your wife. I decided that I had to create my own financial reality and job security. Was I afraid of failing? Yes, but I could continue being scared and broke, or I could be afraid and well paid. I chose the latter. At some point, you have to be afraid of not trying than you are of failing.” –Carrie Wilkerson

I love the random quotes in this book that help accelerate your success. I seriously am going to write them done and make posters to stick all over my office walls. There isn’t success if you don’t believe in yourself, and that’s exactly what she says. How successful you are depends on how much you want it, and how much motivation you have to make it work.

She isn’t just telling her story, she is also helping tell the story of other people who needed and wanted to be at home making a paycheck.This isn’t some get rich quick scheme, these are real people who have made it. Who are trying to help you make it the same way they did.

No matter what you want to do, what you have done, or what your great at- this book could really help you set goals that are going to help you. Instead of focusing on making a million dollars, why not focus on making smaller more frequent amounts? That what she is teaching. The more smaller amounts you bring in, the more money you are making.

So now, I am looking at my business in a new light. This isn’t some get rich quick scheme. This is encouragement and the will power to make what you want to do with your life possible. Teaching you how to start out (at whatever level you’ve already made it to) and progress from there.

o find out more information about the book, and download a sample chapter,  visit the Barefoot Executive website at http://barefootexecutivebook.com/  

You can purchase the book at
You can also follow Carrie on her  website, on Facebook, and on Twitter

Disclosure: I received the book from Living Your Moment to review, but all thoughts are my own and completely honest. =)

 

Jessica

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Jessica is the writer behind Sweet Southern Mama. She is the mother of 2 adorable kids- Aidan, 7 and Adisyn, 5. She lives in Kentucky with her fiance and kids. She loves designing blogs, reading, writing, crafting, all things electronic, photography, and spending time with her family.

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