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The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters Paperback – October 4, 2016
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“Fresh and engaging, this book will inspire the next generation to lead with purpose.”
—Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com; New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness
“I wish this book landed on my desk when I hit my quarter-life crisis! I could have saved years of frustration. Don’t miss your own breakthrough; pick up this book!”
—Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over
“With his triumphant The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, millennial Adam Smiley Poswolsky earns his place as a major voice of his generation. Pragmatic, philosophical, passionate, humble, delightfully funny, and infectiously inspiring, Poswolsky is a torchlight for those hungry to craft a more purposeful and rewarding adult life.”
—Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult
“Smart stuff. Smiley moves past simplistic slogans and offers instead practical and nuanced strategies for succeeding in the noble task of crafting a working life that matters.”
—Cal Newport, author of Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You
“Smiley’s words speak to the dreamer and doer in each of us by tapping into that true voice that calls from within.”
—Elle Luna, artist; author of The Crossroads of Should and Must
“With clear stepping stones, The Quarter-Life Breakthrough is an honest and actionable guide for young people who are eager to see and seize meaningful opportunities.”
—Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice, Stanford University; author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
“Our generation never settles for careers they aren’t passionate about. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough is the ultimate field guide to living life on your own terms and creating meaning in your work.”
—Dan Schawbel, New York Times bestselling author of Promote Yourself and Me 2.0
“This awesome book is chock full of smart, practical, relatable, and timely tips for meaning-makers. If you want to make a bigger impact in others’ lives, connect with a community you love, and find greater fulfillment even in an ever-changing career landscape, buy this book. And then re-read it whenever you need to turn a breakdown into a breakthrough.”
—Jenny Blake, author of Pivot and Life After College
“The What Color Is Your Parachute? for the millennial generation.”
—Aaron Hurst, CEO, Imperative; author of The Purpose Economy
“I wish I had Smiley’s voice in my head during my twenties. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough pairs the unvarnished reality with confident, simple exercises that will move you to act at just the right time.”
—Dev Aujla, author of Making Good
About the Author
Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky is a millennial career expert who has inspired thousands of young professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work. An internationally renowned motivational speaker, Smiley speaks at Fortune 500 companies, TEDx events, business conferences, leadership development programs, colleges, and graduate schools. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Fast Company, and GOOD, among others. He can often be found dancing in San Francisco, California. Learn more at thequarterlifebreakthrough.com and smileyposwolsky.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
A) I'm not alone
B) Others have gone through this and are successful
C) Even if I choose my passion over $$, I can still be okay.
Smiley's book is relatable (painfully suffering through singles yoga anyone?!), funny, and approachable (no shaming!).
This is a great gift for anyone in their mid 20's, new college graduates, current college students, parents of those in their quarter-life crisis who may not understand what their kids are going through, and anyone going through any life change.
Is this where I'm supposed to be?
I feel like I should be doing something more with my job, with my life.
What if I never find my calling?
Is this THE job?
I need to find my purpose.
Is this really it?
This book basically fell into my lap during a time when those questions were all I could think about - and it was exactly what I needed.
Smiley does a great job balancing pep talk and real talk (his ability to use humor, humility, and pragmatics is refreshing). I started off by jotting down some good quotes and tips, but by the end of the book, I found myself with 15+ screenshots of the book. I ended up buying the paper version as well so I could highlight it. This is as much a workbook as it is a manifesto, so I'd recommend buying a hard copy so you can mark it up! One of my favorite things about the book is the number of anecdotes he includes, as well as tangible action items and exercises / worksheets. I finished the book feeling more confident about my future, but more importantly, I'm excited to discover my purpose!