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Dorsey's follow-up to Graduate to Your Perfect Job is a how-to guide for struggling young adults seeking to kick off a career or achieve a long-term goal. Through real-world examples and prescient lessons-including instruction in making human connections and facing fears of failure-Dorsey underscores the importance taking responsibility for one's own success, pursuing dreams without hesitation and turning obstacles into advantages. Drawing on his own experience as an 18-year-old who left college to self-publish a book, racking up substantial debt before making a name for himself as a motivational speaker, Dorsey's lived-in examples demonstrate the importance of everything from finding a mentor to experiencing failure. Speaking mainly to the collegiate and post-collegiate crowd, Dorsey cites examples that are both profession-specific and widely applicable. With short, easy-to-follow anecdotes and analyses, plus numerous guided exercises, this is a useful, practical guide for anyone sick of their own excuses.
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My Reality Check Bounced! reveals exactly how to break free of your real-world rut to find your authentic, meaningful path. This book should be required reading for all Twentysomethings!”
—Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles

“I’ve known Jason for six years, and in all six years I’ve seen him help people our age make life-changing decisions for the better. He is a real inspiration for our generation.”
—Kenan Thompson, actor and comedian, Saturday Night Live, Kenan & Kel

“Jason Dorsey offers irresistable inspiration for quarterlifers in crisis. His step-by-step strategies will get you moving in the right direction.” 
—Abby Miller, co-author, Quarterlife Crisis
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767921836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767921831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. S. Clarke on January 5, 2007
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My Reality Check Bounced is a practical, workable book of advice, written by a twenty-something for other twenty-somethings who are trying to develop a career and a life. The advice is given with all the contagious enthusiasm of the youth of the author, but its content is more in keeping with the writing of a seasoned, professional forty-something. Mr. Dorsey may have dropped out of college to pursue his dream, but he's still doing his homework. Like any good self-improvement text, his book appears to be a solid combination of reading, research and experience. I tend to be brief in reviewing, so I'll just say that if I used more words to describe his book, they would mostly be synonyms for "excellent." And I recommend it to anyone of any age who is still developing a career or business.

Using numerous interesting and compelling stories as a starting point, he applies critical analyses to the issues typically facing young careerists. He then models problem-solving skills and provides clear how-to's for dealing with those issues. The essentials he covers include self-motivation, self-confidence, networking, relationship-building, critical thinking, work-life balance, effective communication, freedom of choice and overcoming excuses, fear and indecisiveness -- and more.

Dorsey's style is bright and upbeat; the book is easy and fun to read, inspiring, and the stories are so real and engaging that you won't want to put the book down until you're finished.
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I take the time to write reviews of books I have read because the reviews of others are such a great help to me when I consider buying a book or getting it from the library.

This is a review I have thought long and hard about. I am somewhat concerned that I have a different take on the book than the other fine reviews, so get it from the library and if I am wrong buy it:)

The book is written by a young man who says he had a "challenging background" and left college in his junior year at the age of 18 to "follow my gut to write a book" after he "felt the path I was on - the standard go to college, get a good job, get married, make babies, and so on --- was no longer inspiring."

He wrote that a few years ago and I am not sure if he has changed his mind about getting married and making babies but anyone who makes those choices based on "inspiration" probably has a questionable decision making process.

The fact that he made a success selling his first book and then became a successful speaker does not, for me, suggest that what worked for him is good advice for other 18 year olds, or "twentysomething's" nor that he has much wisdom to impart. Because most of the book is stories of other people's experiences and conclusions and only part is based on the author's logic and philosophy the book has merit.

He dedicates the book to "twentysomethings who bravely leave the paved path to pursue their authentic path." The dedication bothers me because I believe it is possible that a lot of twentysomethings who are on the paved path may be on their authentic path. He goes on to say that he "became focused on addressing this twentysomething search for meaning". This book, though there are many great ideas in it, does not deliver on that focus.
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Okay so this book was good and helped me to understand that there are people out there like me...going through a "quarter life crisis," but the Author is so dry and did not keep me interested.
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My mother bought My Reality Check Bounced for me. I was initially apprehensive at first - But boy did some of the stories hit a little too close to home!!!!!

I nearly devoured the book in one sitting.

I am definitely glad that my mom bought this book for me. -Timing couldn't have been better as I map out my goals for 2007.
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Jason Dorsey hits the nail on the head in "My Reality Check Bounced". For anyone who has ever felt like they lost their way, or life wasn't exactly as planned, this book is a must read. Even if you feel that life is going well for you I think you'll takeaway a lot from this book. Dorsey does a good job using real life stories to explain his messages. The book is organized well and an easy read.

Among my favorite parts: finding mentors, networking, work-life balance, and not compromising your ethics.
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Dorsey includes practical and powerful action steps that anyone can take towards achieving their goals. Buy this book if only to discover the simple and sincere methods of finding your mentors. Use it like a handbook - follow the instructions and troubleshoot when necessary. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for the "secrets" of building a rewarding life.
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These are must read books, to understand the generations of people in the world today.
This book and others by Jason Dorsey are the best way to understand the younger generations or
the Y-Gen.
Would recommend this to anyone who is in business to read.
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Jason Dorsey has written an excellent guide to tackling the challenges of life in your twenties. I particularly appreciate the numerous real world examples that help keep the advice grounded, and useful. I recommend the title to any one nervous about making their way in the world.
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