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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1 Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243060
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexandra Levit calls out those business myths we've heard repeatedly in her latest book Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success. Beliefs such as overnight success is possible, do what you love and the money will follow, job performance trumps everything, climb the corporate ladder as soon as possible, and you won't get laid off if you're too essential.

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.
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I don't review many books anymore. I read a lot, but most business books are a tiny idea puffed up into 240 pages. And most are poorly researched, if they're researched at all.

Not so with Alexandra Levit's Blind Spots: 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success. She pokes holes in 10 career myths with carefully considered and researched material. There are a lot of people out there dispensing career advice based on wisps of an idea -- and most of them are dead wrong. Or stupid. (It drives me nuts to see what some people pass off as career advice.) Levit calls on the experts -- and on her extensive knowledge of career development -- to write a highly readable book. I've enjoyed her writing for years -- and I think this is her best work yet.

If you're wondering, "Why me?" Or have come into the workforce with the idea that being clever is good enough, read this book. If you think you're getting ripped of and not paid what you're worth, read the chapter on compensation. And if you think you can snap your fingers and magically be an entrepreneur, read up. (You don't want to live on adrenaline 365 days a year. Trust me.)

Blind Spots is a book that you'll dogear. And bookmark. You'll write in the margins. And you'll show passages to colleagues. Most importantly, you'll see yourself in the stories. And when Alexandra Levit blows them up, you'll go, "Whew."

When you read Blind Spots you'll have a lot fewer of them in your career. Get reading.
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Ms. Levit is a rising star in the career-advice genre, and this book proves why. Ms. Levit provides an upbeat and thoughtful guide to establishing, enhancing, and redirecting (if necessary) the course of one's career. She provides helpful anecdotes and examples to illustrate the 10 business "myths" and gives the reader sound, practical advice that can be applied across many different fields and stages of one's career. In this economy, even subtle mistakes can be costly to one's professional trajectory, and this is where she really adds value in a market saturated with career-advice books: her book stands apart by providing insights that, if applied, can mean the difference between being stuck in a professional rut and moving forward to more exciting, challenging and lucrative responsibilities at work.

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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