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Blind Spots: 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success Paperback – October 4, 2011
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"Anyone can say everything you've been told is a myth. The hard part is offering something better in its place. Levit has succeeded. This book is a hard-hitting, honest, and course-correcting expose on what it really takes to be successful in business. Highly recommended." — Michael Port, New York Times bestselling author of Book Yourself Sol
"Blind Spots is essential reading for a postrecessionary climate where all the rules have changed and the old ways won't work." — Martin Yate, New York Times bestselling author of Knock 'em Dead: Th
"Blind Spots busts success myths as it replaces them with time- tested techniques to transform yourself into a twenty-first century winner. If you want to lift your self-image, get real in an unreal world, or bolster your resilience, this book is a resource for you!" — Tim Sanders, New York Times bestselling author of Today We Are Rich
"Blind Spots shines a very bright light on the exact traits that will make you a sought-after addition to any workplace." — John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine
"Alexandra Levit tells it like it is-not how we'd like it to be-busting myth after myth along the way to get us exactly where we want to go." — Tory Johnson, founder and CEO, Women For Hire
"Don't believe the hype! When it comes to career advancement without killing yourself, no one tells the story better than Alexandra Levit." — Chris Guillebeau, author of The Art of Non-Conformity
"Alexandra Levit's myth-busting book is a straightforward, honest, and much-needed guide to succeeding in the real world of business today. Readers are sure to feel empowered by Levit's many tell-it-like-it-is anecdotes, tips, and tactics. Highly recommended." — Lindsey Pollak, author of Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do B
"Forget all those myths of business success: they just don't work. Read Alexandra Levit's new book and learn that today, authenticity and perseverance win the race." — Barry J. Moltz, author of Bounce!: Failure, Resiliency, and Confidence to A
"The thought-provoking stories, staggering statistics, and candid, digestible advice Alexandra offers throughout the book reveal the secrets to career success. This is a straight-talk book that will point out what you have been buying into that is stopping you." — Christine Hassler, author of The 20 Something Manifesto
"Alexandra Levit proves yet again that she is a thought leader of our times. Her myth-busting advice, which weaves in real-world examples, compelling research, and great storytelling, is a must read for anyone working to make it to the top in Corporate America-and be happy along the way." — Jodi Glickman, author of Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The
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Alexandra Levit is known as one of the premiere spokespeople of her generation and she regularly speaks at corporations, conferences, and universities on workplace issues. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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Levit is a premier expert in her field, authoring several books (Blind Spots is her sixth book) and regularly addressing major corporations about issues in the workplace. She also has an award winning blog, was chosen as Money magazine's best online career expert, and writes in a clear, candid, personable voice driven by a deep purpose to guide those trying to make their way through the business world. She's been there herself; she faced it all early in her career, and that has fueled her compassion to help others succeed.
I find that many business and career self-help books are either bogged down in facts and figures, or go on and on with simplistic and boring anecdotes, which can dull the mind. Levit has spoken to numerous sources and filled her pages with useful, enlightening research. For instance in her chapter "Overnight Success is Possible," she writes that most people set unrealistic timelines for their goals, underestimating the time it takes to achieve those goals. She writes that it takes ten thousand hours of work to reach the top level of a particular discipline, making overnight success nearly impossible.
Levit also shares that as much as you think you're invaluable to a company, it's important to have a platform, a website, blog, anything to promote what you do and what you believe in. She also handles what to do if you do get fired, how to stave off firing, and why leaving the corporate world for entrepreneurship isn't the best idea for everyone.
My favorite myth: Do what you love and the money will follow. How many times have we heard that saying? She completely debunks it, reminding the reader that only a very few do what they love and make money from it. It is simply not possible to select any field and expect to make a good living, despite how much you love it, despite how hard you work. The solution, she says, is to select a career that you like well enough that also earns you sufficient pay to live comfortably. Also become an expert at something; it's more likely to create career passion than going after a dream career.
Finally, as for that dream career, Levit writes that a person who is fortunate enough to start making money with a dream job often finds that the situation isn't so dreamy after all. He or she expects that the job will fulfill personally and professionally, at all times, and when the stress that's associated with working sets in, that passion may begin to wane.
Levit is not dashing anyone's dreams. She is being positively realistic. Isn't this the best advice? Too much dreamy advice from business and self-help books, it's best to leave those in the clouds. In a bad economy, we need workable solutions, not lofty ideals. Her encouraging voice gives the answers that we all need to hear.
My personal favorite "myth" that she explores in her book is Myth #1: Overnight success is possible. Most "successful" people persevere for a long time and experience several setbacks before achieving an objective definition of success. Ms. Levit advises the reader that you'll be best served if you are able to make progress on achieving your dream incrementally over time. Especially in the post-financial crisis economy, maintaining a long-term strategy and being able to withstand inevitable setbacks is critical to eventually achieving one's dream. Anyone who has ever achieved professional success knows that it takes hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. By the end of the fast-paced chapter, the reader finds that Ms. Levit has completely obliterated the myth of overnight success.
Each of the myths Ms. Levit addresses is worth reviewing for the job-seeker, the working professional, the recent college graduate, and everyone with ambitions. Ms. Levit's book is an extremely well-written book with effective advice. This book is a "must-have" to add to your collection.
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Nothing new, but still worth reading.
A common sense refresher and a little myth busting supported by facts.
At the same time considering the depth of the book, it's not too wordy to discourage...Read more