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Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success [Kindle Edition]

Penelope Trunk
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Are you taking long lunches? Ignoring sexual harassment? Do you keep your desk neat to the point of looking like you don't have enough to do? The answer to all three should be yes, if you want to succeed in your career on your own terms. Penelope Trunk, expert business advice columnist for the Boston Globe, gives anything but standard advice to help members of the X and Y generations succeed on their own terms in any industry. Trunk asserts that a take-charge attitude and thinking outside the box are the only ways to make it in today's job market. With 45 tips that will get you thinking bigger, acting bolder, and blazing trails you never thought possible, BRAZEN CAREERIST will forever change your career outlook.


Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start
"Take everything you think you 'know' about career strategies, throw them away, and read this book because the rules have changed. 'Brazen,' 'counter-intuitive,' and 'radical' are the best three descriptions of Trunk's work. Life is too short to be stuck in a rat hole..."

Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D, author of the New York Times Bestseller The No Asshole Rule
"A delightful book, with some edgy advice that made me squirm a bit at times. I agreed with 90% of it, found myself arguing with the other 10%, and was completely engaged from start to finish."

Paul D. Tieger, author of Do What You Are and CEO of SpeedReading People, LLC
"Penelope Trunk brings considerable savvy and a fresh new perspective to the business of career success. Bold and sometimes unconventional, BRAZEN CAREERIST gives readers much to think about as well as concrete, practical suggestions that will help them know what they want, and know how to get it."

Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
"BRAZEN CAREERIST has the street-smarts you need to make your career and life work for you from the start. Read it now, or you'll wish you had when you're 40!"


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"A delightful book, with some edgy advice that made me squirm a bit at times. I agreed with 90% of it, found myself arguing with the other 10%, and was completely engaged from start to finish." -- Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D, author of the New York Times Bestseller The No Asshole Rule

"BRAZEN CAREERIST has the street-smarts you need to make your career and life work for you from the start. Read it now, or you'll wish you had when you're 40!" -- Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

"Penelope Trunk brings considerable savvy and a fresh new perspective to the business of career success. Bold and sometimes unconventional, BRAZEN CAREERIST gives readers much to think about as well as concrete, practical suggestions that will help them know what they want, and know how to get it." -- Paul D. Tieger, author of Do What You Are and CEO of SpeedReading People, LLC

"Take everything you think you 'know' about career strategies, throw them away, and read this book because the rules have changed. 'Brazen,' 'counter-intuitive,' and 'radical' are the best three descriptions of Trunk's work. Life is too short to be stuck in a rat hole..." -- Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start

About the Author

Penelope Trunk is a columnist at the Boston Globe. Her syndicated column has run in more than 100 publications, including the Wall St. Journal's Career Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In addition to narrating audiobooks, Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and southern California and has developed character voices for animation projects and voiceover work for commercials. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Reperatory's Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1st edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00286C1T2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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177 of 188 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware advice on how to have a successful career... February 14, 2008
Format:Hardcover
From someone who doesn't have one, at least in the regular business world.

Yes, Gen Xers and Yers are moving into the workforce and redefining work, etc. etc. However, in most industries and companies, there are still baseline levels of comportment, behavior, etiquette, etc. that people are expected to maintain. I have worked for two Fortune 1000 companies and what I have found is that in many cases, the younger people moving in to replace Baby Boomers aren't rejecting their values and beliefs wholesale, as Trunk would have you believe, but adopting some and rejecting some others. Overall, I see more people buying into their own corporate culture and carrying on at least the major tenets than rejecting it completely.

Trunk admits on her blog she's been fired many times for a wide variety of offenses, including insubordination, inattention to her work, etc. One of my old bosses, who had an MBA from Stanford, said it best - always beware of people who make a career out of writing about having a career, rather than actually having one. I am not sure what credentials being a professional beach volleyball player gives you in the business world, but I don't necessarily think that being a professional blogger and getting one book published indicates someone is at the pinnacle of their profession, and therefore in a position to be dispensing advice to others. I don't claim to be at the pinnacle of my profession, but I can also say that I've never been fired for blowing off work assignments to work on freelance jobs. I've actually never been fired, period. My best piece of advice to any generation of worker is this: almost any company, big or small, is looking for people who make some attempt to fit themselves into the system, to some degree.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Here's nothing more than a rehash of terrible advice that you can get for free by reading the author's on-line column. She seems to think that looks and appearance are what count, not skill or experience. Note that the author's career entails not working for corporate America; her thoughts on how to do little with the least could be helpful if Jim "The Cruise" Anchower needs another job to support his beer and weed habit. If you really think this could be interesting or useful (which it isn't) - be smart and just read the free on-line archive of the same.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad advice for most people most of the time November 30, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book was a disappointment to me, containing significantly more bad advice than good advice. I agree with the reviewer that said the book reads as the product of the experience of an upper middle class kid who never had to worry too much about the consequences of failure or unemployment (and unemployment is where you will probably find yourself if you follow her suggestions). Do yourself a favor and look somewhere else for career advice, because most of what Ms. Roston writes about in this book is not applicable to the working situations of the great majority of people. Follow her advice at your own peril.

In my opinion, you should not buy this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I think the book has some thought-provoking advice, but it's not applicable (or shouldn't be applied) by the majority of people out there. I was put off by the book from the very beginning, with the assumption that everyone can/should move back with their parents and sponge off of them for years before moving out on their own -- no mention of paying them some rent or anything, though she does say you should do your own laundry and not leave a sink full of dirty dishes. I think she's just coming from a place of upper-middle-class white entitlement that most people can't (and shouldn't) relate to -- it's clear that she always had her parents to fall back on if anything went seriously wrong, and she was also born naturally athletic and attractive, which landed her a gig playing beach volleyball and a ton of sponsorships to go with it. And I can't endorse her cavalier attitude about having a job that provides you with health benefits -- she basically endorses just hoping that in your 20s you won't need medical coverage. Packed in with some good, makes-you-think advice is a "don't worry, be happy" mentality that I think sets young people up for unrealistic expectations -- that if they do what they love and learn to be happy being poor, they'll be "successful" in the end (specifically defined as "being fulfilled" rather than the _old_ American dream of owning your own home, being financially successful, or having health or retirement benefits). Read more ›
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87 of 103 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE ADVICE August 9, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book is just a mish-mosh of Ms. Trunk's weekly column on yahoo, where she spews some of the most insane "advice" I have ever seen. For example, she recently advised her readers NOT to report sexual harrassment because it would look bad on the person being harrassed! In another column, she advised moving back home with the folks to save money. I don't think this is something most parents would welcome. She's also recently advised female workers that it's okay to "show some skin" at work; to not give priority to work projects that won't matter 5 years from now (hmmm...I don't think any boss would take well to an employee saying "Sorry boss, this won't matter in 5 years so I'm going to pass on it"), and other such dribble. Her message is always "appearance matters more than substance".

Ms. Trunk touts herself as a career "expert" but if you read her bio, there is nothing that gives her these qualifications. She worked for a handful of companies, all of which went bankrupt or otherwise folded (even the company she founded is out of business); she was a professional volley ball player (not sure how that enhances her as an "expert"); and for a while she modeled advertisements on her chest. And we're supposed to take her seriously????

I'm not even sure she has a college degree (nothing is mentioned in her bio, which leads me to believe she only has a high school education), and she certainly doesn't have any advanced degrees, nor has she published any serious studies on careers/career-related issues (everything is pretty much her opinion, rarely backed up by serious data). I don't even consider her 10 years as a marketing exec to be anything of substance. How can you possibly be an "expert" by remaining in one field for your entire worklife?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super good for a mom of teens wanting to have ...
Super good for a mom of teens wanting to have more insight to give to them. I found that some of my career advice to them is wrong.
Published 1 month ago by PatriciaInCA
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book
The book was okay. There were a few good takeaways but a lot of it was common sense or personal opinion. It was a short read and had some good points. Overall just okay.
Published 11 months ago by ABickel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I love this book. Its a great motivator for the person wanting to start their own business and get out of the cubicle. Read more
Published on October 5, 2012 by Sheryl Kitchen
2.0 out of 5 stars New Rules for a New World, or not...
Brazen careerist takes the idea of the workplace as we know it, flips it upside down and offers suggestions on how to behave in ways that are often contrary to the way many boomers... Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by Dianne W
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book for the job hunting crowd
This is perfect for those individual who have done zero things to forward their career. However, if you have a good network you should probably skip this book.
Published on January 16, 2012 by jmillage
3.0 out of 5 stars Penelope performs well
Penelope Trunk is interesting. You want to hate her guts, maybe even kill her. But, then you know she is right. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Jason M. Hrycyk
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this for your friend or your children, a waste
What is passing for advice these days is beyond me. I didn't buy the book, one of my younger employees did, and she was so disgusted she left in on the conference table -- saying... Read more
Published on August 5, 2010 by cla
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and thought-provoking advice for young professionals
Brazen CareeristI picked up a copy of Brazen Careerist after stumbling upon Penelope's blog of the same name, reading through the archives, and thinking to myself that this is... Read more
Published on April 6, 2009 by Trent Hamm
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Interesting Tidbits, Most of Which are Already Published
Short, fast read. Most of the content is available in more detailed books such as "What Color is Your Parachute?" and "Don't Send a Resume". Read more
Published on February 3, 2009 by Don't Bother
4.0 out of 5 stars Penelope delivers constructive criticism (a bitter pill to swallow for...
Penelope's book (and her weekly columns and blogs) take a challenging but ultimately rewarding approach. Read more
Published on July 29, 2008 by PJChgo
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Penelope Trunk writes career advice for a new generation of workers. She explains why old advice - like pay your dues, climb the ladder, and don't have gaps in your resume - is outdated and irrelevant in today's workplace. She has a reputation for giving advice that is counterintuitive but effective, like take long lunches, ignore people who steal your ideas, and stop vying for a promotion.

Trunk is known for test-driving her advice before spewing it. Her own career choices have been featured by TIME magazine and the London Guardian as examples of the new issues people face at work today. Both the New York Times and Business Week cited Trunk's writing as especially in tune with this new workplace. In her personal life, Trunk routinely (often awkwardly) demonstrates buzzwords before they buzz, like the quarterlife crisis, portfolio career, and shared-care parenting.

Her new book is Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success. It was published by Warner Books in May 2007.

Trunk spent ten years as a marketing executive in the software industry and then she founded two companies of her own. She has endured an IPO, a merger and a bankruptcy. Prior to that she was a professional beach volleyball player.

Trunk started writing business advice when Fortune magazine published an open call for a woman to write about her own life as an executive. Trunk auditioned with a piece about her brother's stupid Internet ideas, and a piece about her boss's appeal, and she won the job. Today, she is a columnist at Yahoo Finance and the Boston Globe, and her syndicated column runs in more than 200 publications worldwide.

Trunk has spent roughly ten years each in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. Recently, taking her own advice about how to leverage scientific data to choose a job and a place to live, she landed in Madison, Wisconsin. The first word her baby learned in Wisconsin was cow.

Trunk is also a popular public speaker. This is true, but not massively true. For example, where she has spoken, she has been popular, but she does not speak all the time. That said, as a career advisor, Trunk realizes that a bio is not so much factual as aspirational, and she feels compelled to put an aspirational paragraph in her own bio. Otherwise, how can she advise other people on setting goals for themselves that are a bit of a reach?

She is dedicated to helping people find success at the intersection of work and life, because that's what she wants for herself. She thinks of career advice as a group effort - the movement for her generation ' so please email her. Or at least check out her blog, where she posts daily tips for making work life and personal life one happy, synchronized adventure.

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