How I came by the book
When I heard that Lisa Messenger’s latest book was about to come about a couple of months ago (via Instagram, of course), I was stoked! I waited eagerly because I’d read several of her other books and had loved them (Risk and Resilience probably my favourite so far). When I learned it had been released, I went to several bookstores to buy the book. However, to my disappointment, I couldn’t find it! (I told her about this when I saw her face to face, too.)
Then I attended an event organised by Frankly Co where Lisa was speaking. I had never seen Lisa speak live before so I thought, why not? I wasn’t disappointed – it was a really nice event where I learned more about the women (from Frankly Co) who are working towards creating a women and children friendly co-working space in Sydney. I also heard a number of inspirational women speakers. And – to my excitement – copies of Work From Wherever were available at the event and were free! So, I grabbed myself a copy and got it signed by Lisa.
All of Lisa Messenger’s books are easy-to-read and very pleasant books. They are jam-packed with inspiration and positive energy. It is, ironically, a great book to read while you are travelling, whether or fun or work – or, as Lisa would recommend – both!
There isn’t much of a plot to this book as it falls in the self-development/business motivation genre. Lisa, does however, take the reader into the possibilities of working online, whether or not you’re travelling whilst you do so. She also highlights how to make it work, referencing several apps that make the digital nomad’s life easier.
She also discusses the changes she made in order to decentralise Collective Hub.
Lisa is the main character of the book. She refers to other entrepreneurs often. The book also contains quotes and interviews with several entrepreneurs, business owners, and digital nomads.
Pop Culture and Themes
If I had to pinpoint a single theme in this book, I would say it is ‘freedom’. Lisa really focuses on the freedom of choice, the freedom to work in a format that is most conducive to productivity and growth and the freedom to be location independent in work.
She highlights that millennials and gen Y have come to expect a level of remote work as part of the job description, and if it isn’t, they are willing to fight for it.
There are a lot of other themes discussed in Work From Wherever, such as business building, inspiration, and the art of collaboration (which she goes into much more detail in her other book, Daring and Disruptive).
If you’re interested in remote work and travelling while you work, or are looking for some friendly inspiration and a pleasant travel book, I recommend Work From Wherever. Furthermore, I’d like to report that I’ve been reading during my travels to Lebanon!
I give Work From Wherever 8/10.