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Self-Made Me: Why Being Self-employed Beats Everyday Employment Every Time by Geoff Burch

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CHAPTER 2

LEARNING AND GROWING

… In which we find being stuck in a rut gives us an opportunity to explore many escape routes, how even our name can become a valuable asset, learn to be agile, and don’t be tempted to lease a hatstand.

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU

As an old hippy, one of my guiding philosophies comes from Robert Pirsig and Michael Kramer’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I have used this example in a previous book; however, it is very relevant to our current situation. Pirsig and Kramer have this idea of ‘stuckness’ on the benefits of being stuck. When you become stuck you learn things. The wage slave is in a rut, but not stuck. Someone said that a rut is a grave that is open at both ends. Each day is the same, the ...

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