Rubin understands full well that soloing is not for everyone. However, if you now live a life of "quiet desperation", if you feel trapped within an organizational structure which limits (if not demeans) you, then you should read Soloing. Plato once described a situation in which people sat in a cave watching shadows dance on the wall. Once in a while, someone would discover the true source of light. It was outside the cave. For a soloist, it is inside the person.
One final point: The title is somewhat misleading. Although recommending "going it alone" and "being complete in oneself", Rubin duly acknowledges a number of people who encouraged her during the initial, immensely difficult phase of her own soloing process after she walked away from a lucrative but unfulfilling career situation. Soloists are not alone. Rather, as has Rubin, they tend to develop new relationships, new networks, and new friends. Also, as Rubin learned, and more importantly, the journey within (required by soloing) results in a quite different relationship with one's self. Not everyone is willing to complete such a journey. So be it.
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Drawing upon the wisdom of disparate authorities ranging from Peter Drucker and Tom Peters to Joseph Campbell and John Steinbeck, Rubin explores the various attractions, distractions, commitments, and opportunities that face those who drop out of the corporate ranks to go solo. She explains how to know when you're really ready (dreams were a major indicator for her and others, including Nickelodeon founder Geraldine Laybourne), how to handle the inevitable fears (in her case, by working harder than ever while savoring her new-found freedom), and how to get this new career up and running (including suggestions for building a personal "brand," maintaining visibility among clients, and creating effective proposals). The result is a truly unique look at a growing workforce segment that will prove inspiring to anyone contemplating going it alone. --Howard Rothman