Marci Alboher knows me. We’ve never met, but it is clear from her new book, One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work / Life Success (Warner Books) that she has my number.
Although not specifically a book about entrepreneurs, Marci’s book speaks directly to me as a ParentPreneur. She introduces a new term –slash – which makes me an author/consultant/speaker in slash-speak. Most entrepreneurs I know, especially women entrepreneurs, are slashes, too.
The slash idea, as Marci has so aptly observed, is about recognizing our own personal complexity and embracing the multiplicity of our passions. It is about designing our own life by not being afraid to follow our dreams, even when they take us down seemingly unrelated paths at the same time. How often does trying to raise a family and build a business seem like divergent paths? But yet we continue on and find ways to make it work.
In this engaging book Ms. Alboher, who herself is a slash as an author/journalist/speaker, shares stories of how other people – with a chapter dedicated to working parents – make their slash lives work and offers tips for aspiring business owners on the personal side of what is needed to survive as someone who carries multiple business cards. So if your answer to the question “What do you do?” depends on who is asking or you have various interests you hesitate pursuing because you don’t think they fit well together, you may be a slash, too. Marci’s book will entertain you with stories of others who are slashes and enlighten you with ways to successfully juggle your particular present/future/desired interests.