- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Blind Spots: 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success Paperback – Bargain Price, October 4, 2011
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Special offers and product promotions
About the Author
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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