Serve No Master

How to Escape the 9-5, Start up an Online Business, Fire Your Boss and Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur or Digital Nomad
Narrated by: Bradley Ross
Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
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Best-selling author and lifestyle design expert Jonathan Green is finally ready to share the blueprint he used to escape the prison of poverty, debt, and office politics that still hold so many people imprisoned. He's not content with just sharing a few ideas - instead this traveling renegade is taking aim at every roadblock that keeps people from achieving their goals.

From "not enough money" to "lack of connections" to "not enough time" to "I just can't seem to do it," Jon's taking laser aim at all the excuses, and breaking things down into small, simple steps that anyone can take to become wealthier, better connected, more talented, and more free.

It doesn't matter if you're already working at home, squeezing in a little extra time after your job, or you don't even have a plan yet. Serve No Master isn't just a book - it's a system designed to smash the chains and give you a better financial outlook and more free time to do what you love.

You're going to discover how to:

  • Break the cycle of information buying and take action on your knowledge
  • Develop a killer business plan that takes full advantage of your skills
  • Get one-on-one time with the key players in your industry - even if you don't have experience
  • Create books, compose videos, and blaze through online tasks in a fraction of the time
  • Develop passive income and get paid over and over for what you do - with real examples
  • Slash risks and expenses so you spend less and earn more
  • Create effortless, unbreakable habits that fit into your life routine
  • Get free upgrades at hotel rooms, save thousands of dollars on rent, get wild discounts on cruises around the world, and travel like a boss

©2016 Jonathan Green (P)2016 Jonathan Green

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Misleading title.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Green again?

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The title is misleading. The book is vaguely describing his process of making money by writing books about popular subjects with little prior understanding and he is proud of it.
This book should have been called. How I quit my 9 to 5 job by spewing out books and selling them to gullible people like you.

The book starts fine, he makes some "ok" remarks about the society and the education system. He encourages the reader/listener to make lists and and targets but these lists are not utilized.He either forgot about it or he didn't really had a plan at the start.

There is a part in the middle which he talks about how great his networking skills are , why you should pay him or buy his products and so on. It is really hard to listen. It is like listening to an hour of advertising.It goes on forever.

He also talks about buttering up rich people to get sweet deals , but it is not explained which kinds of deals he is referring to.. His advice on networking is talk to people, offer value, buy drinks for people and talk to their wives.... there are no gems here , these are the things what any sane people would do..except talking to the wives part.

Later he starts by saying that everyone has a skill and he will come back to that. His advice later on is to write a book about it ,sell your services online or shoot a video. If you are not a simpleton you already know this stuff, everyone has heard about the YouTube millionaires , or seen an add or two which takes to online training courses.There is noting new here.

Towards the end he talks about cutting costs, how he ghost writes to earn extra cache. It seemed funny because an hour ago he was telling how he was making 6 figures or he gets sweet deals because he has tons of rich friends.
He talks about how he achieved greatness, how happy he is , how wonderful his life is..ect.. He boasts about his life so much , it makes it seem like he has a terrible sad life, i hope it is not the case.

I believe the software which he uses to divide the chapters of the book worked against him. There is no real composition or a natural flow between chapters. The way which he mentioned how websites changed by talking about the early operating systems blew my mind. I don't think he really researched any of the material before writing this book.Some stuff can not be leaned by reading a couple of articles or by taking courses.

This explains why there is no system, no real advice about anything other than writing books.

Last but not least, at the end he tells you that he will send you a coupon if you mail him a screen shot of your 5 star review. I think it is telling some thing about the author, I leave it up to you to decide .

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Smart..... self promoting

I'm sure the author is a good guy and he clearly is successful. He offers a couple useful suggestions but book seems to talk alot about himself, his kids swimming lessons, that he lives on a tropical island, etc. the rest of the book is about him promoting himself his own website, and his services.

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No actionable steps

This is more of a motivational book than any sort of guide or how-to book, which it advertises itself as. This made it pretty disappointing. It makes claims that sound like it's the next 4 hour workweek with a bunch of ideas that you can take action on. This book, however, is much different. "I left my job and now I write amazon books and blog posts from home. You can too!" summarizes the whole book. It feels like one long pitch for you to read his blog. Nothing of value.

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Work-life for a whole new world

Jonathan Green speaks cutting edge about the state of the work field in 2017. To count on a JOB and corporate America to take care of us is no longer a "secure" way to plan your life. I read this in perfect timing for me, I was already moving to creating my own job. What he added to that was to diversify as well. This was a fabulous bonus because I was giving myself a lot of pressure to succeed at the current project. Now I can relax and do it well, but continue to think of the next thing rather than bet everything on one idea.
Thank you Jonathan! I will be combing through your site as well, as you've invited us to.

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Excellent read for 1st business book or your 101st

Jonathan Green has a very compelling argument for building your own online business. He is very relatable - as I read Serve No Master, his writing echoed and reinforced many things I have thought for a long time such as a college degree by itself doesn't guarantee success. Yet, we grow up being programmed that graduating college will guarantee a career and happiness.

If you thought a college degree meant success in life and are not happy with the real results - READ THIS BOOK!

If you already knew that drive and passion are better predictors of success than a college degree - READ THIS BOOK!

If you are looking for a business that you can start with minimal costs - READ THIS BOOK!

If you know there are ways to make money online in your spare time; but, you don't know what they are - READ THIS BOOK!

You will be pleased if you buy and read this book. As you read it, it will feel as though Jonathan is an old friend who is sitting in the room next to you, having a conversation with you about how you can become more successful!

Although I am sure there is something in Serve No Master that I didn't particularly care for (I'm fairly critical), I cannot recall anything, despite having finished the book only a couple of days ago. The one thing that does come to mind is that the author isn't the narrator. The narrator is great! But, if I had to choose, I would have liked to have heard it read by Jonathan Green.

Enjoy! I did!

So, Will you Serve No Master?

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Refreshing

I read a lot of business books, self-help, and professional journals - most pass in the night with no real new value or insight. Less than 10% get an honorable mention but this one will. Thanks for delivering a great read packed with value and even a few laughs. I'm looking forward to finding more great reads by Jonathan.

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Absolutely THE most relevant worthwhile topic

This book affirmed my beliefs about public education (drone factory). I gained some actionable knowledge- about business types, reducing travel expense,...- but I feel it details more of why one would want to transcend the 9-5 and and overviews a couple alternatives. A bit of fluff around the edges but a shift in mindset is what I gained from the core.

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Pleasantly surprised.

I recently listened to this audiobook in exchange for an honest and candid review through Audiobook Boom. I was not required to give it a favorable review. That said, shortly after receiving the code to purchase this, I started the book and could not stop listening to it almost any chance I had where I didn't need to concentrate on reading or writing.

First, the author is very likable, encouraging, down to earth, and I'm a sucker for books narrated with a British accent.

Second, he shares a lot of insights from personal stories and experiences, particular technology or software he prefers, and for the most part this stuff was good, but being a couple years old, some of his suggestions are already outdated. For example, there was one instance he was sharing about video conversion software he prefers, and I thought of something else even faster and better that hosts the files online for you while you're recording them, But I only learned about Loom this year, and constantly use it whenever I can. So, one can't fault the author for that. It's the nature of sharing things that are not evergreen in a book whose topic for the most part is evergreen.

I'm not sure I felt the book has an appropriate title, as the book was not ultimately what I was expecting, but it was still great stuff.

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Awesome

This book was great. The author highlighted on everything about life and living it. Everyone should read. This is the way we should be living. Get the audio and listen. It will make you think. It can change your life.

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I must read

To all Arikaners. this is you 1st steps into freedom, shaking off the dictatorship of the ANC

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  • Ant
  • 06-30-19

Lost me when he said climate change is a conspiracy

Gimmicky and contains a lot of bull. Lost me early on when he implied climate change is a way to control us through fear.

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  • Danny
  • 06-27-18

New life ahoy!!!

Yep, I’m sick of working for useless bosses taking all the credit..

This book has inspired the next chapter in my life :)

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  • GARRY
  • 05-07-19

Refreshingly direct and gets to the point!

The narration might sound a little condescending at times but I really loved this book and although I don't need a kick up the backside for some this will. it also plenty of value nuggets inside and certainly felt I got some real value here.

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  • Naja Hendriksen
  • 07-18-18

Who is holding me back? Me!

This book is a must-have for anyone looking to take their faith into their own hands. It provides the framework for what it will take to make the necessary changes, both physically and mentally, in order to start creating the life you want. It reminded me as well of who is holding me back, myself, and made me believe I too am worthy and capable of running my own life, doing the work I enjoy. Thanks for the wisdom.

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  • Tim Little
  • 07-12-18

Definitely worth a listen.

Some good ideas in this book. If you are looking to break free from a life of servitude then give Jonathan a chance and to provide some valuable inspiration.

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  • matthew Armstrong
  • 07-11-18

life changing and affirmative.

this book helped me get focused. it's given me the courage to go for it!

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  • mike mclean
  • 05-19-18

So Good I Bought it Thrice.

A most inspiring read. Chock full of top quality guidance a recommended roadmap to freedom.

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  • Rosemarie
  • 11-02-19

Finally, a book that anyone can use!

One of the few books I've read that actually gives you clear and specific information and ideas about creating an income online. Lots of useful strategies and suggestions to get you going. A great read.

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  • chris daltrey
  • 08-13-19

lots of nothing

I enjoyed the first few chapters but as it went on it didn't really do anything. it was more like a biography on what the author likes and dislikes, this i felt could have bee. done so much quicker. The main gripe for me was the constant selling throughout. The narrator was good but seem to struggle with the structure of the sentences.

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  • cris
  • 06-06-18

Very little real content big repetitive story

I thought was a guide to be self employed,
Instead the guy spen 50% of the time talking how his life is and the rest repeating seam over and over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

A waste of time and money

I feel absolutely taken for a ride. I listened to the whole book waiting for the part where he is supposed to help you get into action. Instead he keeps on waffling and tells stories about successful and not so successful people, which is not why I bought this book. He recommends a few software systems which is the most interesting part but otherwise the book doesn't deliver what it promises at all. He actually promises some free books for anybody who gives him 5 stars on Amazon and I am sure this is the only reason this book has such good reviews. Over promised and under delivered!

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  • Josh Wright
  • 10-23-19

The Worst... Ever!

This is by far the worst audiobook purchase that I have ever made. I made the classical mistake of judging this book by its cover.
This book would best be described as a podcast or a recording of rambling egotistical thoughts.

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  • Joshua
  • 04-02-19

Game Changer

I was in the process of undertaking an online course shortly after finishing my degree, I read the 4 hour work week prior to this book & didn't think that anything else was going to compare. How wrong I was.. within this book you will find 1/5 complaining about the US education systems but 4/5 utterly life changing value if your thinking of venturing on your own out into the digital business world. Reading this book has been one of the most helpful & informative experiences of my adult life so far & the extra value given by his website links within still continues to help me long after finishing. Well done Jonathan!

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  • Jasmine
  • 11-02-17

Excellent Book

I enjoyed listening to this book on my commute.
I will put into practice what I learnt.
I have bought several more of Jonathan's books now.

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