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Accelerate Your Success: How to Create A Future and Stand Out When College is Not Enough Paperback – April 30, 2012
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Featured on ABC, NBC, and Fox News affiliates, EJ Carrion, author of Ignite Your Dreams and Accelerate Your Success is an expert on helping this generation of students increase their chance of success. While in college, EJ became the co-publisher of International recognized brand Collegiate Performance Magazine, which featured celebrities like NFL Quarterback Tim Tebow and BMX Gold Medalist Dave Mirra. He also started a leadership training program that does workshops and keynotes for high school ad college organizations. Now at 22 , EJ is the Director of Expansion at The Student Success Academy, which is a modern coaching solution that helps students leverage their education and build a personalize plan to defeat current issues in the economy and their own life. EJ has inspired tens of thousands of students and spoken all across the nation. EJ s childhood dream is to become a famous rapper. You can check out his skills on YouTube. One of his raps was used by ESPN.
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Face it, there ARE fewer jobs. College education expenses have skyrocketed, the author reminds us. And he argues that there are very few jobs out there that can actually be a return on your investment in education. That is a grim, grim notion. Personally, it makes me so sad to see this (and I see it daily) that I had to read this book to grasp how things have really changed. Since I graduated almost 40 years ago, from a state school, wihtout a dollar of debt despite no financial aid, and a job waiting for me during a deep recession, the question is: was I merely lucky? Or did I intuitively do what the author suggests in this book? I just had to find out. And I wanted to know, how have things changed so radically in four decades? I think this is important for all of us to ponder. It's really terrible to consider a generation that pays for its education only to receive nothing of value to them. That is a tragedy.
This book breaks down the path to success into three stages towards self-actualization, and 12 milestone markers that measure if you are on track (what we measure, we accomplish! An important element!)
The three stages of life are not "get a job, get a car or house, get married and a family" or "get a job, get rich, retire to an island." No, indeed. The stages are much more lofty in nature: Passion, Action, Satisfaction (that rhymes, by the way.) Inside these are the steps to accomplish each. First, passion. What is it that makes you excited? That makes you get up in the morning? Here, the student is advised to develop a personal philosophy and develop interests. Absolutely spot on. Your interests and philosophy make you INTERESTING.. and the author tells us that the day of being a "cog in the machine" or just holding down a job are gone forever. Instead, you must make sure you bring VALUE either for the people you work for or the people you directly impact. Plain old "jobs" have moved offshore or been replaced by technology....or WILL BE. A successful person will bring value to the marketplace and have specialized knowledge. In a way, we are all forced to be small businessmen or entrepreneurs of our own careers because the days of factory jobs and levels of positions to rise through ARE GONE.
Then, after you find that passion and develop interests, ACTION. No action, no nothing. Not only getting work and working a job, but carving a career path by work ethic, self-promotion and a "support system" (by which the author means, your network. I can vouch for this--ever try to find a job in a new city, when you've just moved there? Pretty tough. Nobody knows your name.)
Finally, Satisfaction, the most elusive and most desirable. This is a long-term goal, requiring getting out ruts, improving yourself, mastering a skill set and learning from failure. We ALL have failures, but they can be springboards to higher success. Nobody I know personally who is highly successful has NOT had a stellar failure, or two, or three, in their lives. How you handle failure will get you to your better self.
This book fits in extremely well with another book recently published about navigating life in your twenties The Defining Decade which dovetails nicely here--advice on NOT taking a series of dead-end jobs but, again, finding your passion, and also about personal life. And it also fits with a recent book on where the US may be headed and the changes in American economy and society Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent which goes over the economic changes that have led in part, to scarce jobs for grads.
If you have a child getting ready for college or in college or graduating university soon, I'd really get both this book and the The Defining Decade for them and READ it together. Go over this information and have some meaningful discussions. And if you yourself are a high school or college student reading this review, do it for yourself. These books are timely and hugely important. You are the steward of your own career, and these books will help you steer a course to success and personal fulfillment.