How to be a Super Successful Scanner

12:40 pm Creativity, Making money, Productivity

Watch this video of Suzy Greaves, named as “One of the top 10 gurus to turn your life around” by the Daily Mail as she interviews me, John Williams, about the challenges of being a successful Scanner and the secrets to conquering them.

It’s time Scanners knew how to become that very rare thing – The Super Successful Scanner.

Learn the secrets of the Super Successful Scanner

I’ve spent all my working life searching for the solution to the challenges of being a scanner.

And I reckon I’ve cracked it.

SWLP BookLast year I won an international book deal (without all the usual slog that entails), wrote 70,000 words, and hit my deadline. Screw Work, Let’s Play: How to do what you love & get paid for it is published next month by Pearson.

Screw Work Let’s Play has been selected as a “Buzz Book” in Sunday Times Style Magazine this Sunday and described as:

“A compelling 10-step escape from corporate life that could spell a rash of resignation letters”
Fleur Britten, Sunday Times Style Magazine

Aside from this, I’ve been fortunate to achieve some remarkable things for someone so unfocussed and naturally lazy:

  • I quit my job as Deloitte Consultant to consult independently to blue chip organisations like the BBC, often at a rate of over £1000/day (meaning I only needed to work for 3 months a year)
  • I turned a full-time job offer into a 3-day a week freelance gig that paid me the same income – so I could do whatever I wanted 2 days a week
  • Cold-called the Guardian newspaper to win my first piece of paid writing with no prior experience and had some of my experimental music played on radio stations around the world,
  • I grew a meeting of a handful of people in a bar into the successful Scanners Night event with up to 70 paid attendees
  • I’ve built and managed over a dozen websites and blogs, and used internet marketing to build an audience of 1000s of email subscribers, blog readers, and twitter followers

Now I want to share what I’ve learned in all these adventures to help you become that very rare thing – the Super Successful Scanner.

So you too can enjoy the creativity, variety, and idea generation you love andhave the shear buzz of real world results: seeing your creations out there in the world, reading your words in print, sharing your ideas and expertise on TV, or building a successful business – and finally making great money from it all.

Welcome to Scanner School

For the very first time I am running a Scanner School to show you how to achieve serious success as a Scanner.

It’s a 3 week evening course at a very special price and it starts soon.

Here’s what you’ll learn:


How to choose the right creative or business project to do next – one that you’ll love doing and will actually make some money! How to choose projects that don’t make you feel trapped but instead feed your need for creativity, ideas and self-expression.


How to follow through to get stuff done without making yourself miserable. How to complete important stuff even if you have the attention span and self-discipline of a 2 year old on coca cola.


How to be successful (and even get rich & famous) for something despite the crazy random diversity of your interests and projects. How to attract new opportunities and income without the usual hard slog of relentlessly selling yourself.

Sound good?

Download Scanner School Now

For a limited time, you can download the entire Scanner School lesson series for just £9.97.
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3 Responses
  1. » Blog Archive » Screw Work, Let’s Play by @johnsw :

    Date: May 23, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    […] Central, run by John Williams, who had been on one of Barbara’s retreats (see a recent blog entry as to how he has made his ‘career path’, or should we say career hop, skip & jump, […]

  2. Sue Bartrum :

    Date: May 29, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

    Wow! How could any other ‘scanner’ be anything less than wildly excited, as I am, by listening to this fantastic video interview reviewing JW’s AMAZINGLY inspiring shared journey to success!?
    NOW neither age nor procrastination will stop me following in his footsteps!

  3. Allison :

    Date: November 2, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    Grrrr. Missed this completely. Is there any chance of a second school being run in winter 2011? Sounds incredibly useful.