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Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You Paperback – March 15, 2010
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A psychologist, career coach, and Rutgers University professor of Human Resource Management, Caliguiri uses her significant practical wisdom to turn the pie-in-the-sky notion of "doing what you love" into an achievable lifestyle. Caligiuri makes a convincing case that, as employers no long show any long-term loyalty to their employees, it's up to workers to take control of their own destiny. Thus she provides a progressive plan of attack focusing on empowerment and fulfillment-chapters range from "Discover What Really Motivates You" to "Integrate Your Career with Your Life Priorities"-with helpful questionnaires, exercises, and case studies of people whose multiple career "acts" have given them happiness as well as financial freedom (such as a nurse of 30 years who turned her love of sewing into a paying side business, or Caligiuri herself, whose career has included four acts). Though "do what you love" may seem like a luxurious conceit in a time of economic recession, Caligiuri provides a cumulative, practical plan for leveraging skills, talents, and interests to add income and value to life.
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With a radically new approach to redesigning your career--get more passion, more fulfillment...better work-life balance...and real financial freedom!
You only have one life. Why not love what you do? Discover how others have made it happen--and how you can too! One step at a time, learn how to
- Start spending more time in a career you enjoy and less on work you hate...Identify career choices you'll love and build your skills to match them...Transform and “layoff-proof your current job...Define a mix of wealth-building activities that stimulate and liberate you...Escape outdated “psychological contracts that let others control your destiny...Build the inspiring career you deserve!
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Critics of this book are concerned that it paints too rosy a picture and that once a corporate executive leaves the fast track either voluntarily or involuntarily, he/she must get back on fairly quickly or risk being shut out forever. My response to this is that millions of Americans are being thrown off track and finding another suitable corporate position is either psychologically unpalatable or unlikely due to ageism, geographic restrictions, or economic shifts. This book tries to give some alternative career pathways and is a terrific start in helping people to change their mindset about work. It is likely that many people who were raised in non-entrepreneurial families and educated in linear/concrete school systems will need a lot of additional education and support to make best use of the ideas in this book. But when the labor market's supply of jobs is insufficient to meet the demands of people seeking opportunities, books such as this are useful in offering different and creative suggestions for making a living while achieving overall life satisfaction.
The title grabbed my attention and I have to say that for less than $4 (ebook edition) that this was worth 10 times the price for sure.
It was a very fast read but the book offers some great and very practical advice centered around the notion of "career acts". Notably, the notion that career longevity and stability is really a thing of the past. Gone is the notion that you trade a lifetime of service for a lifetime career with stability. While not everyone might agree with this notion, most will find the concepts of this book intellectually stimulating.
The book vividly describes the notion of "career acts" and discusses concepts which broaden the individuals security, exposure and challenges the reader to examine where they are in their life and what they are really bringing to their professional vault. I find myself seeking ways to enhance my own career and to look for more skill to broaden my scope after reading the book. I also have found ways to demonstrate my own value to my company and to find ways that I can benefit my employer while gaining credibility.
The truth about this book is that it extremely affordable and a very quick read. In fact, you truly could easily read the entire book in one sitting.