Books in My Bathroom, Bedroom and Business Folder - Right Now!
by Chris King

I don’t know about you, but I love to hear and read about the latest and greatest books other free agents, independent professionals and freelancers are reading. Noticing how many new books I have accumulated during the past few months, I decided to share the titles with you.

You see, I suffered a hip fracture the beginning of 2006 so was somewhat restricted. Therefore, I went a little bit overboard ordering books. No, I haven’t finished all of them yet, but I have started all of them - and, I am impressed. I hope you find at least one in my list that appeals to you and can help you in your business. They are all super!

If you are searching for a delightful read filled with truthful wisdom, order Joe Vitale’s Life’s Missing Instruction Manual: The Guidebook You Should Have Been Given at Birth.

You don’t have to and really shouldn’t rush through this slim, but loaded book. Each page holds treasures of thoughts, ideas and solutions. For example (from page 15)

“People without this manual focus on what they don’t want. They get more of it.
You’re smarter than that. (Right?)
If you want wealth, focus on wealth.
Of you want health, focus on health.
If you want happiness, focus on happiness.
It’s an overlooked but guaranteed secret of the universe: You get more of whatever you focus on.”

Books that Focus on Our Passions

For years, my mission has been to help others who are struggling to create a life and work that they love and are passionate about. I have also written about my “Portfolio Career” and argued with many about the fact that it is possible to have many different careers, interests and passions. At last, there are others writing about this too!

The first was written by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood. Called The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Destiny, the book - in the words of Richard Paul Evans, “… astounds us with the possibility that life can be fun, challenging, rewarding and purposeful, all at the same time. Chris and Janet Attwood will take you on an adventure into you own heart, and show you how to wake up the passions which are the fuel for living the life you were meant to live.”


The second is another heart and eye opener. Written by Margaret Lobenstine, The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One, this book says “you can have it all - and shows you how.” Jennifer Louden writes, “I’m so grateful this book has finally been written! I need, my clients need, the world needs this incredibly helpful, practical, life-changing guidebook for those of us with a multitude of passions and aptitudes.”


And the third was written by a woman I have respected and listened to for years, Barbara Sher. “Don’t know what to do with your life? Are you drawn to so many things you can’t choose one? Do you ache to find the right direction so you can settle down and just do it? If this is you, you should …” Refuse to Choose! A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything that You Love. Sher describes us as “a very special kind of thinker…You are the owner of a remarkable, multitalented brain trying to do its work in a world that doesn’t understand who you are and doesn’t know why you behave as you do.”


Books for Business Success


Advertised as presenting “Low Cost Ideas and High Profit Results,” Dan Kennedy’s The Ultimate Marketing Plan, 3rd Edition, is all you need to find your unique selling proposition and deliver it to the right prospects. Filled with practical, no-nonsense ideas that help you position your product, build buzz, and make money, this updated edition also includes expanded coverage on Internet marketing. Kennedy, a highly paid professional direct-response copywriter, teaches us a step-by-step system for creating marketing plans any business can use. I find that he never minces words. He tells it like it is.


While we are on the subject of marketing, let me tell you about Mark Joyner’s newest book, The Great Formula for Creating Maximum Profit with Minimal Effort. Joyner starts where he left off in the last book (which I also own) called The Irresistible Offer. In the words of Joseph Sugarman, “With all the fancy buzzwords used to describe how to achieve success, here is a commonsense formula that cuts through the chatter and goes straight to the heart of what really works. This is truly a new perspective.”


Another book that has changed my direction this year and gave me the motivation and step-by-step process for creating the website,, that uses affiliate marketing as its core, was written by Rosalind Gardner. The Affiliate Handbook tells the amazing true story of how one woman, with no previous business experience, earns $400,000+ per year ... selling other people's stuff online! In her down-to-earth, sincere and often humorous style, Gardner guides you through the entire process of building an affiliate marketing business on the 'Net. In 230+ pages, and more than 68,000 words, you'll learn how to pick the best programs, negotiate a commission raise and save time, money and effort on everything from affiliate software to web hosting.


And finally, The DNA of Success: Know What You Want … To Get What You Want by Jack M. Zufelt. This fascinating book in the words of Jack Canfield, “… is a masterpiece about the true cause of achievement. Jack Zufelt successfully challenges the standard concepts about success, demonstrates that we all have the DNA of success embedded within our hearts and souls, and then shows how to pull it out and use it to create any level of success you want.” If you set goals that are not accomplished; if you recite daily affirmations that are never realized; and if you listen to motivational speakers but find you quickly lose your enthusiasm, then get this book. And, also listen to some of Zufelt’s tapes. They are mind and eye opening!

Well, it’s time to get back to my exciting reading. All I can say, is try at least one of the books I’ve mentioned. You’ll be glad you did. And, let me know - I love receiving your FEEDBACK!


Hot News:

A brand new FREE eclectic e-newsletter, Career Success Planning, is on the way. I will be contacting former sbscribers to Portfolio Potpourri and all who have taken the Portfolio Career Self Test to subscribe to the new FREE e-newsletter. Use the form below to sign up!

Email Marketing by

We never sell names and/or e-mail addresses, and if you ever wish to "opt-out" that's not a problem.

Contact Chris King at:
or at: 36250 Lakeshore Blvd.
Eastlake, Ohio 44095

Phone: (440) 918-1313




Thirteen Portfolio Careerists answered my call, so you will get the full story

Click HERE for additional information.


When you visit this
site we hope you are not only learning how
to live a successful and rewarding freelance
life, but also having fun while here.

to be
have STYLE.

By developing your
own personal and professional STYLE,
you will live your life
on purpose - with
class, pleasure and success in every area. We have created a Special Report, 125 Ways to Develop
Your Personal and Professional STYLE.

Click HERE for more information.

We love to hear from you! send us your questions, comments and useful tips! Just click HERE!

Free Agent Nation: America's New Independent Workers
With so many of America's workers operating as "free agents," this author offers analysis of this "new economy" and advice on how to succeed in it.

The 101 Best Freelance Careers
Make your own hours, make your own decisions, and make money doing it ... with this cutting edge guide to trends, options, and opportunities for freelancers.

Successful Freelancing: The Complete Guide
In this up to the minute guide, writers, consultants, artists, and all other types of freelancers will find the essential information they need to set up and run a profitable, successful business.

A New Brand of Expertise, Independent Consultants, Free Agents, and Interim Managers This book looks at the enormous benefits to companies and independent consultants of the booming "free agent" marketplace.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Money in Freelancing Whether you're looking to quit your day job or simply moonlight on the side, here's the scoop on how to freelance successfully. Features strategies for time and cash management and tips on setting up a workplace.

Power Freelancing: Home-Based Careers
Running a home based business is the way more and more of us want to work. This will help freelance designers, consultants, writers, computer service providers, sales people or anyone who wants to work for themselves.