Pay What You Want for My Upcoming Book Series! [Introducing the LWB Book Club]

Belief book cover

Longtime Leaving Work Behind readers will know that I’ve been working on a book/books for a long time. With that in mind, today I am excited to announce that the first book in an ongoing series will be available to my LWB Book Club members in just seven days.

But that’s not all: they will be able to pay what they want for the book.

I’ve placed the value proposition in hands and trust in the LWB community to reward me appropriately for the quality of my work.

In this post I’m going to introduce you to the upcoming book series, explain why I have chosen a pay what you want model and also give you an opportunity to sign up for the LWB Book Club (it’s completely free to do so).

How I Became the Leaving Work Behind Community Manager


When I quit my job last year I had business ideas, but no firm plans (like I should have), of what I would do professionally to help contribute to the household and no entrepreneurial experience.

Five months later, with little more than a willingness to interact and get involved, I was being introduced to you as the Leaving Work Behind Community Manager. The benefits associated with this position are numerous, but some of the prominent ones are: the opportunity to work with and learn from a top influencer, increased exposure to other top influencers, more subscribers/followers/clients and a larger network of friends and contacts to connect with, learn from, and collaborate with (talk about extreme value!).

The benefits I have seen so far only excite me more for the future. Starting with some exciting improvements to the community forum, new features in discussion for Tom’s Paid To Blog course, and venturing into social media and blog management & strategy reports, I am presented with higher profile opportunities much sooner than I could have ever dreamed.

I feel like the possibilities for my business growth are endless, and I am definitely reaching for the stars to provide as much value as possible. Completing some products, higher profile collaborations, and larger, more intense research & analysis projects — which I love by the way — are things I especially see happening in the future.

In this post, I want to share with you the steps that took me to this opportunity so that you can accelerate your own success, all from actively interacting and connecting in communities.

The Drawbacks of Goal Setting (Why I Agree With Leo Babauta)


I’m incredibly fortunate. I’ve got a point now where I make enough money to support me. At this point, my day-to-day contentment with what I do is more important to me than making me more money.

That puts me in a rather interesting position where I don’t want to set myself strict goals.

The thing is, ambitious goals are brilliant for pushing you and getting you to places you wouldn’t otherwise have gotten to. But they can also be a source of stress. They can put pressure on you. That’s the nature of goals.

18 Ways to Motivate Yourself in the Moment

Newton's Cradle

I’ve talked about motivation a lot here on Leaving Work Behind. In fact, at the time of writing, there are no less than 43 posts in the archives tagged with “Motivation” (this article makes 44).

But the quest for motivation goes on, and with good reason. Being motivated is not an absolute state of mind. You are not either “motivated” or “demotivated.” Motivation exists on a spectrum.

With the above in mind, in this article I intend to make a positive change to your motivation and move you closer to the positive end of the spectrum. More specifically, I want to talk about finding motivation in the moment. This isn’t about motivation on a grand scale — it’s about conjuring the energy to do work right now.

Acting Quickly vs. Taking Your Time


I recently wrote a chapter for the first draft of a book I am writing for you guys (join my pre-release list if you want to know more) about decisiveness. The central message was simple enough: when it comes to leaving work behind, being decisive is good.

However, writing the chapter gave me pause for thought on an issue that I felt was fairly well addressed in my mind. After all, is decisiveness always good?

Let’s first turn to the relevant definition of decisiveness:

Having or showing the ability to make decisions quickly and effectively.

To me, that seems like a positive thing. It evokes images of people who are in control of their lives. They may not always make the right decisions, but they are always progressing and come out on top most of the time. To quote myself from the aforementioned draft chapter:

In describing someone, when was the last time you heard someone use the word “decisive” negatively? Probably never, because decisiveness is almost always associated with success.

I believe the key word in the definition of decisiveness is “effective.” Decisiveness isn’t merely being quick in your decision; it’s being correct. That being the case, isn’t the whole argument of whether decisiveness is a good thing moot? After all, wouldn’t we all love to make the correct decisions quickly?

With the above in mind, the question I pose to you is this: is it better to act quickly or take your time when it comes to the big decisions in life?