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Carry a Paintbrush: How to Be the Artistic Director of Your Own Career Paperback – April 6, 2011
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The Amazon Book Review
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“Once you begin Carry A Paintbrush you won’t want to put it, or your Paintbrush down. Both open possibilities to the life you may have always imagined for yourself, but may not have known how to achieve. Susanne Goldstein can teach it because she has lived it. At a time when the future and how we fit in it seems more confusing than ever, along comes this very practical volume that combines personal wisdom and professional experience to paint an irresistibly inviting portrait of the career success that awaits you.” -- Billy Shore, Author and Founder & Executive Director, Share Our Strength
“Colleges prepare students for everything academic and very little that is practical. Students graduate having very little idea about what they want to do in life and even less of an idea about how to go about getting what they want. Where do they turn for practical wisdom on what to do next and how to do it? Susanne Goldstein’s book is meant to help these lost souls. She has prepared a set of well written pieces of advice about how to find out who you are and what you want and how to go about getting it. This book should be part of every new college graduate's library.” -- Roger Schank, John Evans Professor Emeritus in computer science, education and psychology at Northwestern University
"Susanne Goldstein's brilliant manifesto is a MUST READ for anyone who has either painted their career into a corner, or is just starting out. In this book are all the tools you’ll need to get unstuck and create a career of your own design." -- Stephen M. Shapiro, Author, Goal-Free Living and Personality Poker
“Forget career development – how about career inspiration? If you are going to buy only one book on how to get the most out of your work life, this is the one you want to get and actually read.” -- David L. Norris, CEO, BlueCava and expert on entrepreneurship
"Anything but paint by numbers! Susanne Goldstein’s book “Carry a Paintbrush” is a wonderfully inspiring read. The question isn’t whether the advice is solid, it’s whether you have the courage to follow your dreams. Goldstein gives you confidence to do just that. You’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t." -- Marc Cosentino. Author Case in Point, CEO CaseQuestions.com --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is different. For starters, it is engaging from the outset. You feel like the author is sitting in the room, sharing her story with you and explaining what it meant to her and what it might mean for you to think differently about your career. Another aspect of the book that differentiates it from the others is how it weaves macro-advice about how to think about the larger issues about your career, your goals in life, etc., with very specific suggestions that can immediately be incorporated into how you communicate with your current or potential employer through email.
What I found especially useful, was that the author drew not just on her own personal experiences, which might have limited applicability to those of us who are not pursuing careers in the theater or Hollywood or social media, but also on the people who have come to her for advice over the years. She gives just enough background on each of these "case studies" for you to feel that you understand and maybe even identify with their predicaments. And then she shares with the readers how she went about facilitating that person's turn-around. In my mind, this gives the book more credibility than if she just told us what could be done. Instead, these insights are field-tested.
One of the hidden jewels of this book is the questions that she asks the people who come to her. Indeed, I found it helpful to ask myself those very questions about what I want to get out of my career.
Overall, an excellent book. Highly recommend.
But more than that, Carry a Paintbrush is uplifting, at a time when job applicants have too ofteh known rejection. Even not getting a job is interpreted positively: as a "dress rehearsal" for the right one.
I highly recommend Goldstein's book to those of any age seeking to find, advance or change a career.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book but lots of common sense. Nothing that changed my life but some things that made me stop and think.Published 17 months ago by BrianG
I had just finished college when I heard Susanne speak and picked up a copy of her book. Since then I've bought copies for friends and family who are stuck in a directionless or... Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Erin Wildman
I totally different approach to finding your career path and creating your own job in a tough economy by an author that has done it numerous times.Published on December 2, 2013 by Larry Fishbach
Such practical advice for all looking to create,get and be successful at a current or want to change careers! Great contribution!Published on August 11, 2013 by David S.
This book is useful for both first time job seekers and a good reminder for the more experienced. It is written with humor and understanding of the difficulties of defining who... Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by MJL
Very well written and entertaining to read. The author draws on multiple sources of information to provide incredible insight. Read morePublished on November 19, 2011 by Rick8675309