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Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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“Born for This is chock-full of inspiring yet practical advice to develop new streams of business, build your fan base, and invent the job of your dreams. If you’re looking for someone to help you find your footing on the new frontier of work, Chris Guillebeau is your man.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive
“Chris Guillebeau makes getting your dream job seem less of a dream and more of a reality. Through actionable tools and inspiring advice, Born for This is a must-read for those yearning to find that perfect career path. —Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet
“Intensely practical and packed with real-life examples, Born for This is the essential guide for a career that will bring you not just a paycheck but true happiness.” —Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before
“Seven years ago, I sat in awe reading a blog from some guy named Chris Guillebeau. I couldn’t believe the hope and hustle he was writing about while I sat there stuck in a cubicle. Seven years later, he’s still a sage guide to me and millions of others who love the books he writes. If you’ve ever wondered, ‘What should I do next?’ read this book!” —Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck
“Figuring out our highest point of contribution at work is not ‘one more thing to do’—it is the very work of our professional life. Wherever you are on that journey, Born for This will give you a mind-set and skill-set for accelerating the whole adventure.” —Greg McKeown, author of the New York Times bestseller Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
“It takes real courage to overcome the inertia of your current life to create something better. But it’s much easier to take that step toward positive change when you have a plan. Chris Guillebeau not only provides hope that passion for your work is possible, he lays out a practical path to pursuing a better career/life fit.” —Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of Before Happiness
“Someone’s going to say this, so let me be the first: Chris Guillebeau was born to write this book. He’s delivered an inspirational and absurdly useful step-by-step guide to finding—or creating—your dream job.” —A. J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically, My Life as an Experiment, and The Know-It-All
"You were born to read this book--and use the powerful insights it shares to do work that wows all witnesses. And lifts the world by its impact."
-Robin Sharma, #1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title + founder of The Titan Academy
About the Author
CHRIS GUILLEBEAU is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit, and is creator and host of the annual World Domination Summit, a gathering of cultural creatives that attracts such speakers as Susan Cain, Brené Brown, and Gretchen Rubin. Guillebeau speaks at dozens of events, companies, and universities, including Google, Facebook, SXSW, Evernote, LeWeb, and more. He recently completed a personal quest to visit every country in the world (193/193).
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I would compare this with "The $100 Startup." It covers the topic on a very superficial level. Chris offers many examples how people found the work they were meant for, but I think the book would have been more effective if he shared less stories, but went into more detail on each. I want to know about the struggles people faced. It can't be roses and sunshine for everyone.
Check this book out from your library before buying. You may be left wanting more like me.
Chapter 1: Flip the Script. This chapter talks about how to choose the winning ticket to your career lottery. There is a traditional career trajectory that we’re all supposed to follow, but Chris points out that it is possible to flip the script, and have some non-traditional ways to get your dream career.
Chapter 2: Your Money and Your Life
This chapter helps you understand about your preferred work style using the Joy-Money-Flow model. To win the career lottery, you need to have a job you love, that makes enough money to support your family, and lets you do what you’re really good at.
Chapter 3: Always Bet on Yourself
You can learn how to evaluate risks, make better choices, and create backup plans that help you increase your odds of success.
Chapter 4: Prison Break 101
How do you pick what skills you should master? You can make a list of things that you do well, things that you hate doing, and then improve both your technical skills, and your soft skills.
Chapter 5: The Answer in Your Inbox
Sometimes, if you have no idea what your perfect job is, the answer might already be in your inbox. What do people always ask you for help with? Another interesting concept covered in this chapter is setting up shop by talking to 100 people. Figure out what problems you’ve been able to solve for someone, provide 15 minute consulting sessions to 100 people, and use that to figure out how you can help people and turn it into a business.
Chapter 6: Life Coaching from Jay-Z
Jay-Z as a teenager had 2 career paths, drug dealer, or entertainer. Lucky for us, he chose music. For most of us, we can look at the joy-money-flow trio, and first expand your options (brainstorm ideas), and then narrow them down. In this chapter, he also had an interesting story from Warren Buffett for a struggling friend, which is: 1. Make a list of the top 25 tings you want to do in life. Circle the top 5 things. Discard the other 20.
Chapter 7. Side Hustle
This chapter talks about how to make more money with a side job, to start growing skills on the side.
Chapter 8. You, Inc.
This chapter is for people that want to quit their day jobs, and build their own small empire. (This is not me!)
Chapter 9. How to Become a Firefighter
How can you play the game that will increase your odds? The most interesting concept for me from this chapter is the concept of using your weak ties (which includes acquaintances, coworkers, etc). If you ask your close friends for help with connections, they may not be able to help you, since you probably all have the same circle of friends. If you instead ask your weak ties, they will be more likely to be able to introduce you to that literary agent, music producer, etc.
Chapter 10. The Self-Employed Employee
Hack your job by becoming invaluable to your organization while crafting the job of your dreams. This was a good chapter for me, since I like my day job, and already kind of modify the job to suit my interests and strengths.
Chapter 11. DIY Rock Star
In art, it is said that success is due to the relationships the artist maintains with their fans. We can take this concept and apply it to whatever career we’re in.
Chapter 12: How to Do Everything You Want
You can refuse to choose a niche. You can have ways to combine unrelated interests, or have 2 different jobs that fulfill different parts of your personality.
Chapter 13: Winnters Give Up All The Time
How to purse the right opportunities, and not accept bad ones.
In summary, a definite thumbs up! Thanks for the great read Chris.