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My Reality Check Bounced! The Twentysomething's Guide to Cashing in on Your Real-World Dreams Paperback – January 2, 2007
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—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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Among my favorite parts: finding mentors, networking, work-life balance, and not compromising your ethics.
This book and others by Jason Dorsey are the best way to understand the younger generations or
Would recommend this to anyone who is in business to read.
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Granted I don't read many non textbooks anymore, but this book is a disgrase. It tells you how all of the world's problems are your fault and you need to push yourself beyond all... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eugene Auchinleck
Awesome book. I have suggested it to all of my friends who are 20-somethings. This is a book everyone should read.Published 19 months ago by Dakota Derryberry
I bought this book for my 20 year old nephew who was having trouble finding his way to adult-hood. He was working part-time, living with his grandparents and had no initiative... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Staci M.
Enjoyed the author's talk last summer and ordered the book when I got home. Too many irons in the fire to read it since so rated it on the basis of the talk but not a five star as... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by T. J. Karasek
If you're looking for a motivational gift for yourself or another twenty-something in your life that is stuck or overwhelmed with life, work or relationships, this book is for you. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by careerMomentum
Awesome book. I have found what I want to do and I am in my 20's and I found this book very valuable. Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by Adriana Tassini
Found this book an interesting read. Great for young folks starting out and older ones that have lost their way.Published on May 25, 2007 by Sheila L. Gibbs