By J.T. O'Donnell We live in a time where everyone (yes, we're ALL guilty), expects to get a lot of stuff for free on the Internet. In fact, a recent study showed that young people in particular (read We Will Pay for Nothing, Says Gen Y) feel most things should be free. Personally, I believe this mindset is going to change. In my short time on this earth, one thing I've learned to be true: You get what you pay for. However, until that day comes, I think we'll continue to see a lot of talented professionals give incredible amounts of time, energy and expertise for free, in hopes it will allow them to earn a living doing something they care about. Here's one such example: Chris Brogan. The name may not mean much to you if you are job seeker, but ask anyone who is focused on building a strong social media presence and they know Chris. His blog is a must-read for those trying to understand what it takes to navigate tools, like Twitter, for business and personal use. Look up the definition of 'giving a lot of one's professional self online' and you should see his name. So, when Chris wrote a blog post this week asking his followers to consider supporting the new book he just co-authored (their trying to get enough copies purchased this week to get him on a best-sellers list), I knew it was time I paid Chris back for all he has given me for free. His advice is worth $$$, and this book is very affordable. But now, I'm going to sweeten the pot on this deal. If you support Chris buy purchasing his book this week, (click on the book graphic to find out where you can get it), AND send me proof you bought it at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll sign you up for 3 FREE MONTHS in our private career network, CAREEREALISM University (a $29 value). In our network, you not only get a free copy of CAREEREALISM: The Smart Approach to a Satisfying Career, but you also get lots of other unique career resources, including access to 'live' office hours with a career coach to get your professional questions answered in real-time. It's like having your own personal career coach - and now you can try it for FREE. NOTE: This offer is only good until midnight, Friday, August 21th. I hope you'll consider the offer. I rarely endorse books on this site, and I've never offered free access to CAREEREALISM University to promote one. But Chris Brogan has taught me so much this past year, I'm hoping this can put a tiny dent in what I owe him. Thank you Chris!
August 18, 2009