The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work less, create more, and design a career that works for you
The Multi-Hyphen Method is an essential new business book for the digital age.
The internet and our phones mean we can work wherever, whenever and allow us to design our own working lives. In The Multi-Hyphen Method Emma Gannon teaches that it doesn't matter if you're a part-time PA with a blog, or a physio who runs an online jewellery store in the evenings - whatever y...more
Some of the key messages:
- Work smarter not harder
- Everyone has a different definition of success
- Everyone has a different definition of work/life balance
- Build transferable skills rather than being specialised (although I partly disagree as there are professions / roles which require specific skills i.e. dev)
Not revolutionary ideas, but important to raise and remind people of. (This is why I have rated it a 1.5 rather than a 1)
But my main issue with the book was the writing; it was ...more
I was hoping this book would either give me practical information or feel more like a memoir-lite with interesting personal stories. Instead I found it to be dull and repetitive with information I was already aware of. It also felt a little narrow in scope in terms of not considering the effect of things like race, ethnicity, and family background in the opportunities people have and how they approach things. I live a multi-hyphen life myself so I assumed this would be either useful or ...more
I really liked that there was an entire chapter about money, where in other books, it's hardly mentioned. It was also really gratifying how Gannon pointed out that hobbies are different than monetizable jobs, and that it's totally ok to do something jut for yourself. A lot of these types of book really try to sell you on the go big or go home mentality, and it was both soothing and refreshing how practical Gannon was whe ...more
That said, I think it’s important to make it known that this book is aspirational and I’m not sure how realistic it is for people who come from less privileged backgrounds. I don’t mean to detract from the amazing book that the writer has curated, but the only way I can see moving to a ‘multi-hyphen’ career working is by having a fairly substantial nes ...more
This amazing book tackles the topic of living a multi-hyphen life. Multi-hyphenism normalises the way people are choosing their own work life balance steering away from traditional full time work and juggling multiple incomes.
The days of a transitional 9-5 role with single income is on the outer. Millennials are choosing to have a role with flexibility and enabling them to have a side hustle or side skills that blend ones entrepreneur ...more
This book really resonated with me and I would recommended it to anyone who doesn’t feel like having one direct straightforward career or one single organization in sight for their professional journey. People interested in considered options in their path, reinventing themselves and potentially looking to have more than one source of income (especially if they are from unrelated professional activities).
Why I found this book as a good reflection, but also a great collection of new ideas:
1. Th ...more
I loved this audiobook. It was so refreshing to hear someone who isn't extremely productive in the 9-5 workday model talk about the steps she took to become more diverse in the work force. I don't usually do self help books and I would not call this book that. This book is mo ...more
As useful as this book might be to some folks, however, I found it equally... depressing, in a way? Not for any fault of the author's, because I think she did a fantastic job. I just felt kinda sad about the general state of the world while reading this book. The Multi-Hyphen Life feels like a bandaid for a larger societal problem; it's a damn good band-aid, mind you, but I feel ...more
From the NetGalley description: "If you've been itching to convert your craft into a career, your side-hustle into a start-up, or just want to think about work-life balance in a new way, then The Multi-Hyphen Life is for you."
In The Multi-Hyphen Life, Emma Gannon explains what she thinks the future will look like in the work force and how we as workers can prepare ourselves for it better. She also speaks about how having multiple jobs, rather than a single ...more
I loved absorbing this book as an audiobook because it nicely fit into my schedule wh ...more
(Disclaimer: I would like to thank NetGalley and Andrew Mcmeel for this Audiobook. It will not influence my review.)
It is my second book to listened to in NetGalley Audiobook. I am also impressed on this platform because the Audiobook version is much more engaging, and the mere fact Emma Gannon is also the narrator is an A+.
The Multi-Hyphen Method was released two years ago. It highlights t ...more
This was a surprisingly eye-opening listen that got me thinking and appreciating what the author calls the multi-hyphen life. I had been living one for a long time but never had a name for it. Simply naming something sometimes actually helps you appreciate a complex idea. I'll admit that at times I haven’t known quite how to explain myself to new friends or on job interviews because everything seems to be so niched down these days. (I even had a men ...more
I've considered on and off over the years whether I could make a living from something creative. I've always done various crafts but the option of doing something l ...more
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The book makes a case for why we need to adorn multiple hats in today's world, and not stick to any one career path. And that's it. That is all the book does. Goes on making a case till the end. Does not really give any practical advice on how to go about it.
In fact, the book is contradictory at many places. For eg. it begins by saying how much technology can help us in having a Multi-Hyphen Life (write blogs, start podcasts, sell your products online e ...more
The Multi=Hyphen Life stresses not being bogged down by one career and having one job title. It advises being our whole self, exploring our career interests, and adding job titles related to the work experience that expresses our true and varied interests.
The author, Emma Gannon, recognizes that you will change career interests based on during different stages of your life an ...more
“According to Atlassian.com (an online collaboration tool for startups), We spend thirty-one hours a month in unproductive meeting and 73 per cent of us do other work during those meetings.” - Emma Gannon, The Multi-Hyphen Menthod
It is not a book that talks about the job that you will finally fall in love with. It is not a book on how to be your “own boss”. It is a book that explores how can you create many great things and do different projects and jobs w ...more
This is a work and career guide with a difference because it celebrates various strengths skills, encourages flexible working and dividing up your working w ...more
The text is shallow, unintelligent and like coming from someone like Gannon: a blogger that day in, day out has to mill texts in order to keep the interest alive.
No, *success porn* is not something new. Starting with the stories with the unknown-to-him the commoner is discovered to be a prince and ending up with ancient folk tales about the smart peasant boy who defeated the dragon and got the right to rape the ki ...more
In 'The Multi-Hyphen Method' Emma Gannon discusses the idea of designing a career that incorporates multiple income streams and multiple interests to create more flexibility and happiness in our working lives. It's a great practical look at what it means to find the different interests and strengths that we each have so that we can create a career that incorporates each. She also discusses some of the more nitty gritty aspects of money, flexibility, and how to ask to go part time so that yo ...more