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If you've ever found yourself wondering how you ended up spending hours per day in meeting rooms or asking yourself, "Is this really what I should be doing with my life," this book is for you. With attention growing on the changes coming in the workforce (particular callout to Andrew Yang for raising awareness!), this book provides great insights on how to prepare yourself not only to adapt, but also to be happy and satisfied with your career. Paul Estes provides a guidebook for recognizing the changes coming, embracing them, and taking advantage by being one of the early ones to do so. Through first-hand experiences, the author and the experts he's assembled lay out the new mindset needed to make wholesale changes in how you approach work and career and how to put it into practice.
While many technology trends are focused on a better tomorrow, Gig Mindset stands out as something that you can use to create a better today (like any habitual change, it might not be easy but it can be done). Paul's enthusiasm for the topic, and his genuine passion for sharing the tools that have helped him in his life/career are apparent in every chapter.
While the stats, exercises and interviews may appeal to some, I think the book is at its best when Paul, the natural storyteller, is sharing his story and experiences.
Today, with the rise of the gig economy, there is NO reason not to establish the mindset Paul lays out in this book. Engaging with on-demand, remote workers changes your life -- you get time back that you didn't know you had, allows you to focus on what's truly important to you, and democratizes opportunity (one of the author's main missions). Why wouldn't you want to tap into a network of experts to level up your game? If you're curious how you can better engage with freelancers, you really need to read this.
This book is incredibly useful and also very validating! I found it to have lots of actionable insights that are about to change the way I work in a very big way.
I’ve read Tim Ferris’ 4-hour-workweek quite a few times, and can honestly say that this book is just as well written, with lots of new ideas, too. I’m a writer and love the conversational tone this is written in.
This book is applicable to life as a whole as well as finding your way in the gig economy.
Paul does a great job of filling this book with first-hand experiences and tangible takeaways. In it, he hands over a formula that he and others like him have used to adjust and thrive in the volatile business environment we all find ourselves in. As a small business owner who’s already gone down the path of building out a large staff with a multitude of locations (high overhead, nightmarish management challenges) I appreciate his candor and willingness to share what he knows.
Whether you are an established Entrepreneur, a corporate employee, or just starting out, you will want to have this knowledge in your arsenal.
When I first heard about the freelance (Gig) market, I thought it was just like your typical "contract" work, 1-2 yrs commitment, not really interested. So, I started reading the Gig Mindset with that in mind. What Paul has written, from his experience in the process, from trial and error to success has been very educational and enlightening. I have gained a whole new insight to the new and growing way of working. Paul interviews a bunch of leaders that are using the Gig Mindset today and successfully and their stories just reinforce what Paul is talking about in this book. One of the best things I felt from Pauls book was the 50 tasks he successfully accomplished as he worked through the process. Everyone can use the Gig Mindset, in their personal life as well as at work. Thanks for writing this Paul, I understand the Gig Economy and Mindset much much better than before I read your book!!
Paul Estes provides a stunningly simple approach to incorporating the freelance revolution to your life. Whether you are a freelancer or a C-Suite executive, it is possible to exponentially expand your options to find solutions through the vast talent pool available via technology. He even provides an appendix with 100 suggestions to get started for your own projects, business and personal. This book is timely and most of the proceeds go to the Sama school. Check it out!
This is a thought-provoking writing that helped me understand how radically the workforce is evolving and how to view future changes thru the lens of the gig economy. The author gives us tools (the T.I.D.E. model) and real life examples of how successful businesses are embracing gig work. Great read.
I'm a researcher by day and one of my areas of focus is non-traditional forms of work. This was an excellent read, and I particularly liked the personal writing style/anecdotes and many practical applications. The author is clearly passionate and makes a compelling case for embracing/incorporating gig-work to multiply your productivity, and lays out the playbook for how to do just that. I highly recommend this for 1. anyone interested in learning about what the gig economy is and what the main factors are driving it, 2. individuals wanting to quit their nine-to-five to pursue their passion/work independently, 3. anyone who wants to learn how to get more done with less resources.
Firstly it’s a challenging concept that is not yet mainstream. Paul’s engaging style of writing, comforts you as though he is holding your hand through the process. This book felt authentic and I found Paul to be candid and vulnerable about his own struggles. It’s not easy to open yourself up to the public like this. I commend him to convey his journey of ups and downs via multiple stories that struck a beautiful cord with me. Thanks for narrating a difficult concept so effortlessly. Ride the high TIDE ;) of gig mindset with Paul. I highly recommend this book for the future thinkers.