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As I have said in places such as my Career Change Webpage, I am still amazed by how many letters I have received from individuals who told me that they parted ways with their employer after reading one of my books.

Below is an e-mail from a reader of Real Success Without a Real Job (now called  Career Success Without a Real Job: The Career Book for People Too Smart to Work in Corporations) who read the book after it was recommended by After being recommended by Dan Miller from 48 Days.

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Carolyne J. < ten [ at ] att [dot] net >
To: success101coachContact Unreal Job Image #1A yahoo.com
Sent: Fri, February 5, 2010 9:52:01 PM
Subject: read your book
Mr. Zelinski,
After being recommended by Dan Miller from 48Days I recently read your book Real Success Without a Real Job (now called Career Success without a Real Job: The Career Book for People Too Smart to Work in Corporations).  I have to tell you I really enjoyed it.   You were comical, honest, and straight forward.  I even took notes while reading and answered all the questions.  I plan on going back over those. 
I am a stay at home mother of 7 children ages 23 months-16 years.  Raising my children is and will be the most important thing I do, but I also am fed up with our current situation and I am finally motivated to do whatever it takes to change it.  I will say with all honesty and not disrespect my husband is not providing adequately for us nor is motivated to.  So I am going to learn what God made me out of and I'm going to be it! 
You are the second book I've read in this journey.  I have now started The Millionaire Mind.  I like your best/worst things to do with your time lists; they are now glued to the side of the refrigerator.  I repeatedly show my teenage sons what list watching TV is on. 
Thanks for backing me up as one of my children thinks I'm just a freak about the TV since I continually tell him to get off!  I'm so close to canceling cable. 
Please know I plan on utilizing many factors you stated in you book and that it is playing a part in my exciting and sometimes frightening new journey.  Way to go on your success your fulfillment is relayed in your book.
God Bless,
Carolyne Jimenez


If you are in semi-retirement and looking for a retirement job or if you are in a horrible career and interested in making a lot of money without a real job then:
The following e-mail was sent to me from a reader of my book The Lazy Person's Guide To Success. In my later book Career Success Without a Real Job, I talk about how I quit writing this The Lazy Person's Guide To Success. after I thought it was not worth finishing. I decided to complete it later, however, and this book has now sold over 95,000 copies and has made me over $90,000 in pretax profits.
The reader's name is Yulius and he read the Indonesian edition.

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From: Yulius D.
To: success101coachContact Unreal Job Image #1A yahoo.com
Sent: Thu, February 4, 2010 12:00:18 AM
Subject: Letter From A-Fired-Man

Hi Ernie,
I'd like to write to you since the first time I read your book The Lazy Person's Guide To Success. I am from Indonesia (you knew about Bali?,that's one island in my country).
My name is Yulius, 29 years old, still single, getting fired from my office because my mistakes and another people who hate me.
Since the first year of working I hate my job. I worked at administration job. My main job was signing document. Other people may saw my job is so good but I saw it dull and boring. I had worked from 2006 till 2010.
Since 2007 I searched way to get out from this misery. I was Internet Marketing, not so motivated, Options, burned out but keep doing it until I found my sanctuary at Trading Futures. I worked from 9 to 5, 2 hours on the street, Monday to half-Saturday and 8.30pm to 00.00 or even more I am trading. I did it over the last 2 years.
Then my faithful day was come. I was forced to resign with decent compensation. I took it without a doubt since my Trading Career getting better and better. Now I am 3 days unemployment but I am a full time trader. I worked at night. And I had my best trade after I got fired. To make the story short my 3 days income equal to my 3 months salary. Rock On..!
As you say it's not about the money and it is. I love every minute in my life.
Thank you Ernie, you made the great part in my life. Here's what I want to do
1. Study Computer Programming, I love it but never do it.
2. loss fat about 30 lbs
3. Full Time Trader
4. Future Trainer and Book Writer, I even wanted to write the same theme of your book.
5. Part-Time Fitness Instructor :)
6. Hang out with friends at least twice a week
7. Starting a Course Business
8. Open an Internet Shopping Business
9. Go to another country at least 3 times a year.
10. Freelance Programmer and Consultant
11. 1000 more things that impossible to do if I were still working.
I don't know if I want to go to Corporate Life again because I HATE OFFICE POLITICS !!! I hate it so much, disgusting and make me sick. If you knew a Corporation that don't have politics please let me know :)
Thanks again, your book open my mind and made me what I am now. Keep writing, I love all your books.
PS : So sorry if my letter's messy. English is not my primary language.
Warm Regard,


The following e-mail was also sent to me from a reader of The Lazy Person's Guide To Success.
His name is Rolando and he read the Spanish edition (the front cover of this edition follows.

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----- Original Message ----- 
To: vip-booksContact Unreal Job Image #1A telus [ dot ] net
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 11:37 PM
Subject: To Mr. Ernie J. Zelinski

Dear Mr. Ernie Zelinski,
Allow me to introduce myself, I am Rolando Feitó,
I just had the opportunity to read your book The Lazy Person's Guide to Success (in Spanish) and believe me I am very glad and thankful you for this wonderful book,
I found reflected myself in your book, I am a Cuban, and live here in Cuba, and after many years working for the Gov. entity, having no time even to share with my little daughter, I understood that I can work as a freelance. even here in my country, where, unfortunatelly, everything you do can be unlegal, and the private iniciative is not stimulated by the Gov. I am 49 years old, but I am not afraid to start again, and your book encourage me a lot,
I want to thank you for your life style approach, that really help me in taken some decision,
Next summer I will travel to Russia, I have a son there, and I will try to get your book The Joy of Not Working, unfortunatelly I can not get it from here, and we have no free access to internet,
Thank you again for your helpful advises in your book,
Best wishes in this 2010 year, the best for you and your family,


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