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Not for the average worker
on January 17, 2008
If you are suffering from a wealth of free time thanks to early retirement, or you are wildly successful at your current career and are looking for the next thing, this book is for you.
Since it is written by two successful career counselors based in New York City, the real-life examples they use to motivate the reader are of people who can afford to hire a career counselor in New York City even while unemployed.
"Richard, a highly successful human resources executive for a top corporation, had over 200 employees reporting to him and a high-level executive role that allowed him to take on strategic and planning responsibilities. Despite a great salary and other perks, Richard was bored." (pg. 93)
"Having spent 25 years in managerial financial positions for large corporations, Lee enjoyed his career without loving it...He found great satisfaction in being able to provide for his family on the good salary he received. He also relished the global travel..."(pg 113)
"Carol originally came to New York to pursue a dance career and achieved a great deal of success, becoming a soloist in the American Ballet Theater..."(pg. 168)
"For many years Kim enjoyed a dynamic public relations career in London, working for a number of agencies and then opening her own shop with a partner..." (pg 155)
Example after example of people who have already achieved great success and find it tedious. We should all be so lucky to have a career which allows us to experience the boredom of global travel.
Along with these examples comes advice you can find anywhere. The authors suggest readers look into teaching, or figure out what they are passionate about and do that, or try turning their hobbies into new careers. They spend a lot of time discussing the concept of working for a non-profit. Probably because to the people they counsel the idea of making an average wage seems scary.
Again, this book is for people who have already been extremely successful at a career.