The Liberation-Based Livelihood Resource List

The Liberation-Based Livelihood Resource List

on Apr 10, 2012 in Livelihood+Financial Liberation | 9 comments



Over the past few weeks, we’ve been exploring what it means to create a “liberation-based livelihood” (also known as an ‘LBL’).

If you search the Internet, you’ll find literally thousands of resources related to creating a business. This curated list is intended to save you the trouble of sorting the wheat from the chaff.

The list is divided into three sections:

  • Inspiration (stories to show you what’s possible)
  • Creating New Belief Systems
  • Information (tools to help you get there)

And please note: I’ve created an online course on this topic that many people have gotten a lot out of: “Fall in Love with Your Work.” Find out more here!


Stories from and about people who have successfully made the shift to LBL:

Some visual goodies to motivate you:


Establishing an Awareness Practice

• Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

In this short but powerful article on “The 5 Lies of Entrepreneurship,” talented copywriter Sonia Simone identifies five myths that hold many people back from starting their own business.

Wendy Appel is a coach and cultural anthropologist who has created a number of resources “to help you find your inner solid ground so that no matter what you face in life, you’ll have contact with your inner compass to steer you through life’s twists and turns; to help bring out your best self and to access your unique gifts.” Check out her Enneagram Typing Cards, Insight to Action workshops, and her book, InsideOut Enneagram. All are available on Wendy’s website.

• Transforming Your Relationship with Fear and Uncertainty

Podcast Interview with Jonathan Fields.

* Leveraging Adversity

Danielle LaPorte’s post on “Falling Into Joy” that even provides  a soundtrack for inspiration when you need it most. That prompted me to remember this one: “Decide to Rise.”

• Transforming Your Relationship with Money

• The Big Picture

“The Story of the Commons” (from Yes! magazine)


All of the resources listed below will give you specific information to start you on your path (or help improve your results). Some are free; some will require an investment on your part. Some of these are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase that book or course I’ll get a small commission (which helps to sustain the Liberated Life Project).

• Articles to Get You Started

“5 Steps to a More Liberated Way of Working.” (from the Liberated Life Project)

Two very helpful posts from Chris Guillebeau’s Art of Nonconformity blog:

“Getting Started Working for Yourself
“First Steps to Working for Yourself

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement

• Books

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim

Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur by Pamela Slim

Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love by Jonathan Fields

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau


• Courses

Chris Guillebeau’s Empire Building Kit will take you through an entire year of learning and taking action on building your own business. You can read my review of it here.

Chris also has another excellent resource for those starting on the path of LBL: The Unconventional Guide to Working for Yourself.

Pamela Slim offers a great online course on “Power Teaching” to help you hone your teaching skills.

• Coaching
At some point you may decide to work one-to-one with a  coach who can help you make greater progress toward achieving your livelihood-related goals. I offer Guidance+Encouragement sessions for this purpose. If my approach resonates with you, I’d be honored to work with you.

• How to Find Funding for Your Idea
Take a look at this great article from the Social Media Examiner: 11 Tips for Crowdfunding. It tells you everything you need to know about how to choose and make the most of sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, plus more.

• How to Market Yourself
Fully Engaged! is the marketing toolkit that I created to help small nonprofits increase engagement among their supporters, but it also has lots of great information for anyone starting up a small business.

And More Really Practical Stuff…

Please add your own resources to the “Comment” section below!


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  1. Thanks so much for including me, Maia! All of these are excellent resources for heart-centered business and marketing!

    Lynn Fang

    April 14, 2012

  2. Great synthesis of such “LBL” resources Maia … I’ve been following a few mentioned in your post (Jonathan, Pamela, Chris …) and their advice is indeed valuable and well suited for today’s web-driven-world … though Marike makes an excellent point re Silence and heart/mind … when I “left” hi-tech back in ’97 Silence was my primary guide and it served me well 🙂


    April 10, 2012

    • Yes, Sanjiv… it’s a whole new world out there today in which to create a livelihood or business… the Internet opens up many new possibilities for connection and entrepreneurship. And like you and Marike I do believe that it all comes from a place insider of clarity, awareness, and an open heart.

      Maia Duerr

      April 14, 2012

  3. thank you for including me through Marianne. It is a wonderful list and I look forward to following your work!

    Jennifer Louden

    April 10, 2012

    • Thank you, Jennifer, and thank YOU so much for your inspiring work!

      Maia Duerr

      April 14, 2012

  4. What an amazing resource list, Maia! I’m looking forward to setting aside a chunk of time to immerse myself in this forward moving ideas. I’m so delighted to see these alternatives to the usual.

    Sandra / Envision Writing

    April 10, 2012

    • So glad this list is of benefit… and I am always interested in hearing about what other resources have worked well for people, so please feel free to add more, Sandra!

      Maia Duerr

      April 14, 2012

  5. The liberated livelihood is an almost inevitable outcome of a liberated life – in the end, the only real resources you need are a clean heart, a clear mind and a strong vision – when you have those, everything you need will be drawn to you. If what you need doesn’t appear, go back and sit in silence – clean your heart, clear your mind and strengthen your vision. 🙂 The liberated life/livelihood is so vastly different for each of us… 🙂 !!

    Marike van Breugel

    April 10, 2012

    • Wise words, Marike! And you embody a liberated life and livelihood so beautifully!

      Maia Duerr

      April 10, 2012

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