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The Leap: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Smith (The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers) examines the commonalities among individuals who transcended their dull day jobs to launch truly extraordinary careers. He is most taken with identifying what precipitated their leap into authentic and meaningful work, interviewing hundreds of people to craft replicable steps that everyone can use to initiate a personal and professional evolution and achieve remarkable success without taking reckless and unnecessary risks. His examples of highly profitable leaps include Sara Blakely, who went from a fax machine sales person to the owner of SPANX, a highly successful women's clothing line; Frances Hesselbein, who went from a stay-at-home mom to the executive director of Girl Scouts of America; and Brad Margus, who channeled his feelings of futility over the rare and terminal disease his two sons inherited to become a genetics expert on the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council. Smith's book—a lively readable romp—motivates without preaching and gently coaxes readers to overcome innate fears and to use their greatest passions to bring about fulfillment. (Sept.)
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About the Author
RICK SMITH is the coauthor of the national bestseller The Five Patterns of Extraordinary Careers. He left the executive search firm Spencer Stuart to launch World 50, Inc., an elite and senior executive networking company. A serial entrepreneur, he is currently working on the launch of several new ventures. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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What is surprising about this book is the fact that the author has in most part been personally acquainted with so many of the people described in his book, and, thus, has been able to tell us about the lives of these interesting but ordinary people.
There are things that I really would like to do with my life, but I just haven't been able to do them; perhaps now is the time for me to take "The Leap."
The message is essentially, do something you really care about, have your idea be simple to understand, and follow it passionately. (You can get this from reading the book flap, it's not exactly a spoiler.) But nor is it all that interesting. If there are people out there who are helped by being told that they should care about what they are doing, then perhaps this book is helpful. Unfortunately, I found nothing new to learn here.
That would make this book four-stars or so, as the book is fine, his examples are good and different enough that you can see the patterns, much like his first book. Unfortunately, the author places his own idea, creating a forum for Marketing professionals, alongside Running the Girl Scouts, Live Aid, and Running Unilever's global brands. Actually, he mentions his own idea as much as all of them combined. I'm sure his thing was wonderful, but I didn't really want to read a commercial for how great the author is, he should have really stuck to the truly great ideas of others.
The combination of bland (though helpful) advice, and his own self-commercialism made this book hard to get through. I'd recommend it only to someone very stuck in their position, and looking for examples of people who got out.
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