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Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career Paperback – August 1, 2010
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About the Author
Al S. Levin, EdD, Professor of Counselor Education at California State University, Sacramento, was formerly Assistant Director of Stanford University's Career Development Center, MBA Career Management Center, and Lecturer at Stanford's School of Education. Dr. Levin has authored numerous career development publications, led training workshops, and made presentations at professional conferences throughout the United States.
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1) It's perfectly fine not to know what you want
2) Be proactive and take advantage of whatever opportunities appear in your life
3) Don't procrastinate: Start today.
It's a fairly short book (150 pgs or so), but I was able to breeze through in about 5 hrs. It is a great motivational book without feeling like it repeats itself. The book feels very genuine.
My only compliant is that I wish they book used the full names of the people reference in stories. The books gives countless "every-man" examples of how other people's struggle are similar to yours, but it would be great to find out who those people.
My only critique is I think that there's too many client stories and some of them are too long.
Otherwise great book.
We career counselors encourage our clients and students to minimize the quest for the perfect resume format or interview outfit. They should rather maximize encounters and opportunities. When our coaching about the need to network is met with a glazed look, let's try recommending this book instead. It makes the point that failures, mistakes, rejections, and random encounters can be the seeds of a meaningful career direction. So go forth - speak to your neighbor, thank a former teacher, chat with the person behind you in the grocery line. To Krumboltz and Levin, it's not just whom you know, but what you do about it that will create your luck.