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The 9-to-5 Cure Work on Your Own Terms and Reinvent Your Life Kristin Cardinale, Ph.D. THE 9-TO-5 CURE © 2011 by Kristin Cardinale Published by JIST Works, an imprint of JIST Publishing 7321 Shadeland Station, Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46256-3923 Phone: 800-648-JIST Fax: 877-454-7839 E-mail: info@jist.com Web site: www.jist.com Quantity discounts are available for JIST products. Please call our Sales Department at 800-648-JIST for a free catalog and more information. Visit www.jist.com for information on JIST, free job search information, tables of contents, sample pages, and ordering information on our many products. Acquisitions Editor: Susan Pines Development Editor: Jennifer Lynn Production Editor: Stephanie Koutek Book Designer and Layout: Aleata Halbig Proofreaders: Laura Bowman, Jeanne Clark Indexer: Kelly D. Henthorne Printed in the United States of America 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Cardinale, Kristin, 1970- The 9-to-5 cure : work on your own terms and reinvent your life / Kristin Cardinale. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-59357-807-7 (alk. paper) 1. Flexible work arrangements. 2. Part-time employment. 3. Career development. 4. Quality of work life. 5. Job satisfaction. I. Title. II. Title: Nine-to-five cure. HD5110.C37 2011 650.1--dc22 2010045777 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without prior permission of the publisher except in the case of brief quotations embodied in articles or reviews. Making copies of any part of this book for any purpose other than your own personal use is a violation of United States copyright laws. For permission requests, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at www.copyright.com or (978) 750-8400. We have been careful to provide accurate information throughout this book, but it is possible that errors and omissions have been introduced. Please consider this in making any career plans or other important decisions. Trust your own judgment above all else and in all things. Trademarks: All brand names and product names used in this book are trade names, service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective owners. ISBN 978-1-59357-807-7 TABLE OF CONTENTS Part I: Escape Your Reality Chapter 1: The Life of Your Dreams Chapter 2: Realizing That Old Dream Isn’t Worth Realizing Chronology of a 9-to-5 Career OMG, I Need a Job! The J-O-B Is Not the Answer Chapter 3: Charting a New Course The Business of Navigating Beware of Subtle Changes Set Sail on Your Journey A Vision for Your Life Revisit Your Goals Periodically Chapter 4: The 9-to-5 Cure Equation Solving the 9-to-5 Cure Equation Part II: Live the Life of Your Dreams Chapter 5: Career Myopia and Other Misperceptions Career Myopia: Putting Work in Perspective The No-Vacation Nation The Deliberate Lifestyle The Power of Time Off Time and Money in Abundance Chapter 6: The Framework—Lifestyle Design An Introduction to Lifestyle Design Your Ideal Work Year Your Ideal Career Your Ideal Workplace Your Ideal Work Mates Your Money or Your Life Your Ideal Attitude Part III: Work on Purpose Chapter 7: The Headlines—Survivalnomics The Age of Survivalnomics Taking Inventory of Our Work Chapter 8: A New Strategy—The Patchwork Principle The Big Picture in a Nutshell The Patchworker Agenda Practical Considerations Chapter 9: Guiding Beliefs of the Patchwork Principle The 11 Guiding Beliefs of the Patchwork Principle Chapter 10: The Mindset of the Successful Patchworker Know Your Patchworker Personality Type Master Your Approach Adopt a Healthy State of Paranoia Part IV: Make It Happen Chapter 11: Take Inventory and Build Your Brand What Do You Have to Offer? What Do You See Out There? What Do You Not See Out There? How to Pitch Your Niche Chapter 12: Go Fish What Is Fishing? How to Fish The Cardinal Rules of Fishing Chapter 13: Stand and Deliver Perception Is Everything Key Elements of a Good Pitch Chapter 14: Negotiate—Everything! The Negotiation Mindset Negotiating Your Time Negotiating Your Rate Managing the Negotiation Process Negotiating Your Title Negotiating Your Location Negotiating Some Extras Part V: Think It Through Chapter 15: Do You Have What It Takes? The Mindset The People Skills The Fiscal Discipline The Courage to Change The Nerve to Tackle Your Fears Chapter 16: Consider the Drawbacks Personal Drawbacks Professional Drawbacks Chapter 17: Plan Your Escape and Get Out of There Part-Time Patchworking Leaving the Door Open Leaving a Trail Part VI: Set Up Shop Chapter 18: Get Your Move On Journaling Your Journey Startup Costs Chapter 19: Meeting Uncle Sam and Other Necessities Establishing Your Business Taking Steps to Safeguard Yourself Chapter 20: Parting Thoughts Be Willing to Make Some Big Mistakes Never Underestimate Yourself Cultivate a Community of Colleagues Go Easy on Yourself Lead with Kindness Be Willing to Apologize Stay Positive Keep Making Forward Progress Glossary Index Preface We all have a dream for our lives. We may not have the dream all mapped out, but on some level we all have a vision dancing in our heads of what we would like our life to be. That dream is comprised of images of a particular lifestyle, which likely includes a thriving career. What does your dream look like? What really stands out for you? You will be asked to explore this dream as you read this book, and I want you to really get in touch with what matters most to you. Is it being home with your kids during the day? Getting home early enough to cheer at the soccer games? Pulling in a certain amount of money each year? Or perhaps doing work that you love? Whatever the cornerstones are of your dream lifestyle and dream career, I want you to hold those images in mind as you read through this book. That vision for your life is possible. It is! Instead of sweeping that dream to the back of your mind as some fantasy that will never come true, allow it to come to the front of your mind. Be open to the possibility that your dreams can become a concrete reality. In Zen Buddhism this openness is called adopting a beginner’s mind, which is eager and open to new ideas and free from assumptions or foregone conclusions. The more experience you have in the workplace, the more challenging it can be to assume the beginner’s mind because you may have some strongly held beliefs about who gets ahead, why, and how. However, you have to ask yourself if the paradigm that you currently subscribe to is benefitting you. In other words, are you happy with your work and your lifestyle? If the answer to that question is no, now is the right time to stop and reconstruct the dream that you have for your life. Invest in yourself and develop your dream lifestyle. Don’t just think about it; make it happen! In this book you will follow me through a step-by-step process for defining the lifestyle that you long for with a career to match. For more than twenty years, I have been designing my dream and expecting results from myself and the world at large, in part by developing an annual ritual that makes tailoring a life plan and sticking to it more routine than anything else. I’ll describe how you, too, can systematically develop a vision for yourself and create a constructive plan for getting results. I feel so passionate about sharing this 9-to-5 Cure with you because I know from firsthand experience that you can become the dream that is in your mind’s eye. If you will invest in yourself by doing the preparation, you can step away from the rat race and into your dream, whatever that dream may be for you. Don’t settle for surviving—start thriving! If you hesitate to take a chance because you have been disappointed before by other people or your own inaction, I say to you at the top of my voice: Take the most important lessons that you learned from those negative experiences and leave the rest behind! Take the energy of that shame, humiliation, rage, resentment, or whatever it may be and channel it into getting on with your life. Use that force that pulses within you for something that will bring you up instead of drag you down. Dig deep and rediscover your passion for life, for your dreams. And dream big! This time, dream bigger than you ever dreamed before. Give yourself the opportunity to learn about the transformational power of reconstructing your career in a way that lets you get in alignment with your dreams. Go ahead, get your hopes up! Acknowledgments I am grateful to so many people who contributed to the success of this project, including Sue Pines, Jennifer Lynn, and the entire team at JIST Publishing, for believing in the concept and helping to shape the content masterfully. Ken Horn and Jennifer Mulchandani, for sharing countless hours of your time and talent with me. My wonderful family and amazing friends, for cheering me on throughout this process and loving me always and in all ways. My daughter, for inspiring me to work on purpose; I love you. My husband, for your unwavering love and support now and always; I am so blessed to be on this journey with you. About the Author Dr. Kristin Cardinale is an optimist, columnist, adjunct college professor, technology instructor, career coach, consultant, seminar speaker, owner of a small technical support business, and serial entrepreneur. She is living the life of her dreams, working on her own terms, and thankful for her many blessings. Previously, she worked as an international educator and went on to own and operate a national seminar business, which served her colleagues in hundreds of colleges, universities, government agencies, and public corporations. Dr. Cardinale has lived, worked, studied, and traveled in more than twenty countries in every corner of the globe and hopes to someday visit the last continent on her list, Antarctica. Dr. Cardinale holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University. “Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” —Leonardo da Vinci PART I Escape Your Reality Chapter 1: The Life of Your Dreams Chapter 2: Realizing That the Old Dream Isn’t Worth Realizing Chapter 3: Charting a New Course Chapter 4: The 9-to-5 Cure Equation