Mark McGuinness is an energetic, creative entrepreneur who lives life precisely on his own terms. He travels when and where he wants, lives where he likes, spends lots of time with his family (he has twin toddlers, heaven help the man).
And he works with the kinds of clients and projects that give him plenty of energy … and, yes, cash.
I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon hanging out in London with Mark last summer, and he’s the kind of entrepreneur who has a life, not just a business.
As you can probably guess, he has the background you’d expect from a successful business owner.
He’s a poet.
Does that not fit the stereotype you have in mind about poets? (Or successful entrepreneurs?) In that case, you definitely need to read his book.
Mark’s just written a new (free) ebook for creative people, called Freedom, Money, Time — and the Key to Creative Success.
It’s based on the idea that a creative person needs three things to be happy:
- 1. Freedom — to take Mark’s example and do what you want, when you want and how you want it. Not just on vacation and the occasional weekend (when you can fit one in), but also doing meaningful work, in your own way.
- 2. Money — to maintain your independence and fund your creative projects. Of course you want a nice, comfortable place to live, but you don’t really give a damn if you drive a bigger car than the guy next door. You’d rather spend money on experiences than status symbols.
- 3. Time — to spend on what you care about. Your family. World travel. New ideas. Your passion for raising naked mole rats. Whatever.
Usually, you’re lucky if you get two out of the three. But you’ll find if one of them is missing, the other two become hollow.
Without money, you don’t have much freedom, because you have to spend your time (and mental energy) chasing cash.
Without time off, money doesn’t buy you a lot of freedom.
And if you’re doing something you hate for a living, it doesn’t matter how big your salary is, or how much vacation you get. You’re still living in a cage.
Leave it to an entrepreneurial poet to come up with a more creative solution
The ebook describes Mark’s unconventional career journey and the lessons he learned about finding the right combination of freedom, money, and time.
It’s full of practical advice you can apply to your own situation, if you want to earn a living from your creative talent, or if you’re a freelancer or small business owner and want to make your business less stressful and more profitable.
Mark (working with Brian Clark, me, and Tony Clark) have also prepared an in-depth training program to accompany the ebook, and Copyblogger is proud and pleased to be an affiliate partner for the launch. But the ebook itself is free to download … you don’t even have to give your email address.
And yes, please share the ebook with anyone you know who would be helped by it. Mark knows his stuff, and I think you’re going to get a lot out of what he has to say.