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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Arvida Press (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615449263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615449265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this charming book, Susanne Goldstein argues compellingly that the opportunities of a lifetime are not given, but created — and, with an artist’s eye, sketches out helpful ways to create them. Susanne writes with warmth and imagination, sharing insight from a life fully lived." -- David Gergen, Adviser to four US presidents and professor of leadership at Harvard Kennedy School

“Once you begin Carry A Paintbrush you won’t want to put it, or your Paintbrush down. Both open possibilities to the life you may have always imagined for yourself, but may not have known how to achieve. Susanne Goldstein can teach it because she has lived it. At a time when the future and how we fit in it seems more confusing than ever, along comes this very practical volume that combines personal wisdom and professional experience to paint an irresistibly inviting portrait of the career success that awaits you.” -- Billy Shore, Author and Founder & Executive Director, Share Our Strength

“Colleges prepare students for everything academic and very little that is practical. Students graduate having very little idea about what they want to do in life and even less of an idea about how to go about getting what they want. Where do they turn for practical wisdom on what to do next and how to do it? Susanne Goldstein’s book is meant to help these lost souls. She has prepared a set of well written pieces of advice about how to find out who you are and what you want and how to go about getting it. This book should be part of every new college graduate's library.” -- Roger Schank, John Evans Professor Emeritus in computer science, education and psychology at Northwestern University

"Susanne Goldstein's brilliant manifesto is a MUST READ for anyone who has either painted their career into a corner, or is just starting out. In this book are all the tools you’ll need to get unstuck and create a career of your own design." -- Stephen M. Shapiro, Author, Goal-Free Living and Personality Poker

“Forget career development – how about career inspiration? If you are going to buy only one book on how to get the most out of your work life, this is the one you want to get and actually read.” -- David L. Norris, CEO, BlueCava and expert on entrepreneurship

"Anything but paint by numbers! Susanne Goldstein’s book “Carry a Paintbrush” is a wonderfully inspiring read. The question isn’t whether the advice is solid, it’s whether you have the courage to follow your dreams. Goldstein gives you confidence to do just that. You’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t." -- Marc Cosentino. Author Case in Point, CEO CaseQuestions.com
--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

About the Author

Susanne Goldstein is an engineer-filmmaker-consultant-web designer-business strategist-career coach who has spent the past 25 years successfully inventing and reinventing herself. She has helped clients of every color and stripe be whatever they ve wanted to be.

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In my mind, this gives the book more credibility than if she just told us what could be done.
Reader of History
Susanne Goldstein bases her book on her own extensive experience and creative yet very workable approach to designing the career of her dreams.
K. Werner
This book is useful for both first time job seekers and a good reminder for the more experienced.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Freelancer on April 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading Susanne Goldstein's Carry a Paintbrush: How to be the Artistic Director of Your Own Career. It's an easy read--creative, positive and inspiring. I am impressed that the motivation for this book was the urging of Goldstein's many satisfied and successful clients, whom she has helped in her work as career coach. The narrative puts the job seeker in control, but never loses touch with real-life situations. Her examples are many, drawing from her vast professional and personal experience.

But more than that, Carry a Paintbrush is uplifting, at a time when job applicants have too ofteh known rejection. Even not getting a job is interpreted positively: as a "dress rehearsal" for the right one.

I highly recommend Goldstein's book to those of any age seeking to find, advance or change a career.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reader of History on April 15, 2011
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At first blush, I was skeptical. Let's face it, the shelves at bookstores are full of career coaching books. It seems like anyone who has found some small measure of success wants to preach to others about their secrets for standing out, making money, finding fame, etc.

This book is different. For starters, it is engaging from the outset. You feel like the author is sitting in the room, sharing her story with you and explaining what it meant to her and what it might mean for you to think differently about your career. Another aspect of the book that differentiates it from the others is how it weaves macro-advice about how to think about the larger issues about your career, your goals in life, etc., with very specific suggestions that can immediately be incorporated into how you communicate with your current or potential employer through email.

What I found especially useful, was that the author drew not just on her own personal experiences, which might have limited applicability to those of us who are not pursuing careers in the theater or Hollywood or social media, but also on the people who have come to her for advice over the years. She gives just enough background on each of these "case studies" for you to feel that you understand and maybe even identify with their predicaments. And then she shares with the readers how she went about facilitating that person's turn-around. In my mind, this gives the book more credibility than if she just told us what could be done. Instead, these insights are field-tested.

One of the hidden jewels of this book is the questions that she asks the people who come to her. Indeed, I found it helpful to ask myself those very questions about what I want to get out of my career.

Overall, an excellent book. Highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John R. on February 18, 2012
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This is a very well written book by an individual that has experienced life in a way that we all wish we could experience it. Luck comes to mind as something we all need at some point in our career to become successful. However, as this author explains, luck is something YOU create by doing something you believe in. Doing something that you are passionate about is when luck is created. The word serendipity comes to mind. Luck is not luck at all, but rather something you as an individual cause to happen as a result of doing. The job market has radically changed over the past several years and this book will help guide you through the many avenues needed to be successful in today's crazy market. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David S. on August 11, 2013
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Such practical advice for all looking to create,get and be successful at a current or want to change careers! Great contribution!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silly Fellow on May 23, 2012
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fairly cookie-cutter advice. not really all that different from similar career/self-help books. Here's what you need to know: network, research companies/industries you are interested in, and don't make any typographical errors in your materials.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Farrell on May 4, 2011
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I've never been a buyer, much less a fan, of the publishing genre known as self-help. Whatever the specific topics addressed, these books generally strike me as bogus in content, pandering in attitude, annoyingly full of feel-good platitudes and strategies that ultimately prove to be anything but helpful. It was only after hearing several people I know, and know to be discerning readers, give high marks to "Carry A Paintbrush" that my curiosity got the better of me. So I broke down and bought a copy, fully expecting the usual disappointing claptrap. But those expectations were (happily) dashed once I began reading--and found myself riveted, page after page. Susanne Goldstein has produced a pithy, witty, supremely savvy, and invaluable tutorial on...well, on far more than just finding a job. "Carry A Paintbrush" is about identifying and shaping the career of your dreams, the one that utilizes your particular skills and talents in the course of working at what you love--and getting paid for it, too.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony Cooper on May 9, 2011
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This is the Frommer's of career transition guidebooks. Follow the brilliant advice methodically doled out by Susanne Goldstein - who clearly knows what she's talking about, she broke into Hollywood in a mere 6 weeks for Pete's sake - and your life will never be the same. The ongoing adventure you will embark upon will have you seeing sights and living experiences in your career that you previously believed impossible. This is the instruction manual to your working life that you've been seeking all along (and were convinced didn't exist). Whether you're just starting out or ready to go at your career again in a brand new way , this will quickly become your bible.
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