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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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There have always been books which made the non conforming seem plausible and even attractive: Barbara Sher with Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want and later I Could Do Anything, If Only I Knew What It Was; Marsha Sinetar with Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow followed by To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love; Tama Kieves with This Time I Dance; Corey Ciocchetti with Real Rabbits: Chasing an Authentic Life; and more. This is the milieu in which Chris Guillebeau caught my attention many years ago first with The Art of Nonconformity followed by The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit. Now (April 5, 2016) Chris is back with another entry: Born For This. This is the book I have been waiting for. It not only provides guidance to answer the question “What do I want to do?”, but also gives real down to earth advice on HOW to do it, and more importantly WHY to do it. Chris has already proven himself to be an accomplished writer with his previous books and his blog entries. This book contains the same easy to read style. It is not abstract. Again like his other writing, it is full of real life examples. And it recognizes that the only real way to get where you want to go, or even know where that might be, is to try things, then try again. Following Cal Newport, Chris subscribes to the philosophy that most of us don’t just write down our passion one day, then go for it. We learn what our real passion is by doing things, thinking about their impact on ourselves and others, judging how that fits with our self image, then doing some more. In 13 chapters, Chris translates that simple to grasp concept into action steps to help anyone make it real. When I completed my career at age 70, I decided rather than retire, I am starting over. Chris’ new book gives me confidence that this time I can do it even better, have more fun, and finally live the dream.
I like how he addressed the fact there are different types of people who approach projects in different ways. Some have all their eggs in one basket and others have some eggs in multiple baskets. I am the latter type, so it was refreshing and reassuring to read that.
Joy-Money-Flow. The author challenges the reader to find the ultimate combination and believes that is attainable and not a myth. He believes in back up plans, where many self-help authors suggest to go "all in."
He believes in job hopping until you find the fit you are looking for, which is a very new school way of thinking and is definitely frowned upon by employers and H.R. departments with an old school mentality. As a result, you will have to be damn good at interviewing and have the ability to overcome the longevity issue if you wish to be employed by someone. He gives some solid examples of people who have used persuasive emails and have the skills necessary to freelance so they can do the kind of work they know will add value and not keep them tied down.
Chris got me back on back on the well trotted path of a T-shirt business. He talks about a guy who started a side hustle that ended up being a full time gig through trial and error. He keeps most of these examples short and sweet, but I am sure the readers would benefit from a more in depth dive. He believes that everyone should have a side hustle so they are not dependent on one source of income. This will also allow you to push on in a direction that is closer to your ideal work situation.
It is very empowering to have a second source of income from a passion project to help with the process of finding job alignment. He clarifies the difference between a hobby and a side hustle. A hobby is something that you can do for fun, but doesn't earn any type of income. He suggests finding a way to commoditize it.
Don't fear commitment... This is a strong point that he makes that I struggle with personally. Pick something and go with it. If you realize that something isn't working, it is okay to give up. Especially, if you are not playing to your strengths. The notion that "winners never quit" is false and he suggests that winners quit all the time.
Finding the work we were meant to do ultimately comes down to understanding that life is seasonal. There is a time to explore, experiment, focus, and realize that life is full of choices: some permanent, some flexible. Being flexible and adaptable will get us though the highs and lows.
"What should I do?" Well, in the end, it probably doesn't matter, so just pick something and correct course as you go. It is better to do the wrong thing, and redirect course, then to do nothing at all.
That being said, just make the wise decision to buy the book, read the book, and then get busy doing "something." It will bring you one step closer to what you are seeking. The book has definitely done that for me.