Aug 14 2009
I have to write a quick post on this, because it’s awesome.
Seth Godin unexpectedly wrote about my e-book today, and the response has been amazing. First, it became today’s most talked about Slideshare e-book on Twitter, and the second most talked about e-book on Facebook (next to a slideshow put out by Whitehouse.gov)
UPDATE #1: I have beaten Obama!
Normally, I keep any emails I get private, but I received a few that are just great and I wanted to share them:
“Hi Charlie, Read your ebook today (via Seth Godin’s blog). It makes awesome sense and I am going to forward to our interns here at Google Zürich.” – Jos V.
“Charlie: One week from today I turn 60 years old. Your ebook on recession-proofing ourselves makes the most sense of anything I have read or done since Zig Ziglar’s early days. Bless you for your great gift of hope to many.” – Jon S.
“I read your e-book via Seth Godin today and I have to say thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing it. I am no where near being a college grad (twenty years older than that!) BUT I do work with career transitioners and job seekers and I’ve been saying for years (even pre-recession) that the OLD ways DO NOT work. To hear it from a cutting edge youngie just makes this middle-agie feel even more powered- up to spread the ‘gospel’. Well done!” – Laura F.
But my favorite email, by far, came from Kim B.:
“Charlie, I just got your link of Seth’s email blog and I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the book you’ve created and your approach to life. It is in fact, exactly how I made it starting fifteen years ago. In 1994, I moved to LA without a job, a portfolio of my paintings and an absurd obsession with the computer. I offered to make a free website for a magazine and another for a company owned by the son of Walt Disney. I had no skill set, I had no contacts, just some books, free time, and a refusal to work a job I didn’t love for an hourly fee. (I had unfortunately been doing that for a several years after college). On a meager living I went into only slight debt to do this. I learned. I was one of the first. My next client was Apple. I went from making $20/hour in September to $100K in May working as the creative director of a major company. A year later I left to start my own company called Lightray Productions. My first client was NASA, then Intel, then AOL and for the last fifteen years I’ve made my own destiny. I employ artists an engineers— all over the world. It’s awesome. Whenever we want to get into a new industry, [we] will offer to redo someone’s website probono. We put our link on the bottom and the calls start coming in. I’m living proof that what you say in your book is right on. Congratulations!”
I love it. This is EXACTLY the kind of story I want for the next version of the book. If you have one you’d like to share, shoot me an email.