LET GO – BY PAT FLYNN
(photo from pattflynn.com)
Let Go tells the behind scenes story of Pat Flynn. Many people know Pat from his highly successful blog smartpassiveincome.com
For many, myself included, Pat is much more than that. He is an inspiration and living proof of what each of us could be if only we can “Let Go” as well.
Let Go starts with an honest, inspirational account of the struggles, self-doubt, and determination Pat experienced as he began his working life in his “dream” career in architecture.
The reader soon finds out how Pat has cleverly used the title of his book as a homonym to walk us through not only being Let Go from his job but also to describe how he had to Let Go of social norms to move forward.
Like many of us, Pat was doing everything right according to the “normal plans.” You might say he was managing just fine from the middle.
However, despite his very best efforts, Pat became another unfortunate victim of the economic decline that started in 2008 despite having risen to Job Captain in a much shorter than usual time frame within his architectural firm. He describes in detail his feelings of hopelessness at being Let Go in a way that resonates with the reader.
I found myself feeling Pat’s pain.
Like all good success stories, the hero must face adversity to prosper, and Pat is no exception. The latter half of the book chronicles his struggles and self-doubts related to starting his internet business and the work involved.
Many people may mistakenly look at Pat’s success as “instant” or “overnight.” Let Go sets the record straight in this regard.
In addition to being very well written, Let Go, is accompanied with video extras. The videos are well done and compliment the story very nicely by providing the reader with extra insights into Pat’s journey.
Pat has always come across as genuine to me. The videos in Let Go serve to reinforce this in my mind.
I could go on about the book, but I want to close with this quote from one of Pat’s customers. Innocent as it was at the time, it proved to be a turning point for Pat in being able to Let Go of his feelings from being laid off, a catalyst if you will to not look back.
“Keep your head high, and thank your former employer for taking the chains off your potential”
As a follower of Pat’s work for a couple of years now, I also owe his former employer thanks for letting him go. In fact, it's probably safe to say a lot of us do. Pat’s work since then has been an inspiration to me.
I started my own internet business last year, and while I’m not yet making money, I am hopeful. Let Go has reinforced in me a belief in myself and has helped me take my own “chains” off of my potential.
I’m still learning all of the technical stuff, but Pat has taught me to Let Go and act.
UPDATE: Pat's Book is now on Amazon.
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