From Forbes, Jayson DeMers has a conversation with Sam McRoberts, author of a new book, Screw the Zoo. Jayson says that Screw the Zoo discusses “escaping the mental and societal cages in which far too many of use seem to be trapped.” Jayson shares his conversation with Sam:
DeMers: What tips would you offer to people who are considering going the self-employed route?
McRoberts: One of the most important things you can do, not just for self-employment, but for a successful life in general, is network. I’ve got a whole chapter dedicated to that subject in Screw the Zoo.
At the end of the day, the world is composed of people. The more people you know, and the more lives to which you can add value, the more valuable you become. Meet lots of people, and help them in any way you can. The fastest way to break out of your cage is with help from others.
DeMers: If you had to distill the main theme of your book into one key takeaway, what would it be?
McRoberts: I’m not sure I could boil it down to just one thing, but the core message is this: Because of the way our brains are wired, and our society is structured, we are literally trapped in dozens of different ways…most of which we’re never consciously aware of.
When you’re stuck in a cage that you can’t see, and don’t understand, how can you possibly escape? We live in a world that’s designed for the chunky middle of the bell curve, so to speak. So what are you supposed to do if you’re an outlier? What if you aren’t, or don’t want to be, average?
This book is a guide to these hidden cages, and how to escape from them.
Read the full conversation and the rest of the story at How To Escape Your Employer’s Cage And Become Self-Employed