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From: "Jose Rodriguez"
To: Ernie Zelinski
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2010 11:48 AM
Subject: Real Success
I recently read your
book, Real Success Without
a Real Job (now called
Career Success without a
and found it very inspiring.
I think you’re good writer no
matter what you say to the
I’m a 56 year old Puerto Rican American
male who’s never known what he was
When I was younger I thought I wanted to
be rock musician. Even though I don’t
listen to pop music anymore, classical and
jazz are my preferences these days, I still
play the guitar. I’m probably one of those
few guitarists who can actually read music.
I’m not into performing, so that was pretty
much out of the question: being shy and
I have ten years before I can retire,
and the thought that I’ll have to endure
present job as Dental Claims processor for
a health insurance company that
long fills me with trepidation.
I don’t care to be promoted or
transferred to another different job.
I’ve always been the guy who can
name the Marlon Brando movie where he plays
a sheriff who gets beaten to a pulp, or who
wrote a particular Elvis Presley song. I’m
a walking encyclopedia of useless
information. I’ve studied acting, learned
Tai Chi Chuan, taken painting classes, and
wrote a very bad novel.
I’m a jack of all trades, master of
none-a Renaissance man with no real
expertise. I’ve always enjoyed researching
things that I take a liking to. If I want
to learn about black holes then I’ll read
up on them. If I like a particular musician
then I’ll delve into his background,
I’ve always been good with
money, but I trust that doing
accounting work would in the end be just
How does one parlay all of this
into an “unreal” job?
Thank you for your time and your