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Finding Your Way To Your Authentic Career Paperback – June 5, 2013
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About the Author
Adam Taggart is President & co-founder of PeakProsperity.com, where he helps millions of readers learn how to take prudent steps towards building a prosperous future. He holds an MBA from Stanford, was an early member of the team at Yahoo! Finance, and spent his first few years out of college as a Wall Street investment banker (but please don't hold that against him). He lives in northern California with his wife, daughters, chickens, bees & apple trees.
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Like a good recipe, the book is a quick read and if you follow the directions carefully, it will lead to a fulfilling meal. The three stages and nine steps are methodically written in a coherent step-wise order. This is where the reader's time will be spent, practically working through these steps. It is filled with clear written steps, practical examples, and inspirational stories to help guide the reader along their journey. Stage one begins with specific ways to objectively and subjectively assess your own strengths and weaknesses, opening your mind to the possibilities of careers you might not have considered. Stage two uses these discoveries to set goals for targeted career paths, and then gives practical examples of how to build networks and support structures to help the reader work toward those potential careers. Stage three focuses on how to transition to and arrive at that new career, both logistically and emotionally.
Of course there are no guarantees in life, and Taggart is forthright about this reality, but it is always better to have a plan than none at all. This is a concise alternative to "What Color is Your Parachute" for anyone who is looking to transition to a more meaningful career, but is especially appropriate for the career seeker who shares Taggart's worldview. I give this book 5 stars for a first edition, but 4 overall in hopes that it may motivate the author to continue to release improved future editions as the world continues to change. It would also be nice to hear more of how these steps personally transformed him along his journey. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for their authentic career!
Those of us who have struggled with changing the direction and daily experience of our worklife find a lot of conventional career advice boils down to platitudes; what we really want is a specific process we can follow to some reach some actionable conclusions, and that what's this book delivers.
No one book has all the answers to something as individual and momentous as identifying and developing a new career path, but this compact volume will help anyone who works through the suggested exercises.
There are no easy answers, especially in a fast-evolving economy where jobs and careers are in flux, but the self-knowledge that can be gained from completing these exercises adds a key asset to our human capital.
This book presents the reader with a framework for identifying a career based on your innate abilities, and then walks step-by-step through the process of how to transition from your current job to one much more better suited for you.
It's full of discrete exercises and proven techniques, presented in a very digestible, easy-to-follow manner. The writing style is clear, and inspiring.
Anyone not satisfied by their current job would benefit from reading this book