You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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"Utterly fascinating and massively important. George Anders peers into his signature crystal ball, and paints a portrait of the future of work that's as compelling as it is provocative."―Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals
"I could have used this book several times in my life. When I graduated from Northwestern with a degree in linguistics... and even today, when I'm the parent of high school junior intent on studying poetry and modern dance in college. You Can Do Anything will inspire a new generation to greater heights, while delivering a much-needed wake-up call to campus leaders and employers."―Daniel H. Pink, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"The career stories of liberal arts graduates provide the best argument for the value of their education. George Anders, in his thoughtful new book You Can Do Anything, tells these stories in a compelling manner, weaving the threads of their education into the tapestry of their lives, demonstrating over and over why employers should seek out these unique thinkers. An interesting read and valuable for any liberal arts graduate or recruiter!"―Dr. Katharine Brooks, author of You Majored in What? and Executive Director of the Vanderbilt University Career Center
"At the present moment... it is only liberal arts majors who have to wonder whether all of the articles and books promoting the marketability of their chosen discipline should make them more or less uneasy about the future. Two additions to this growing field have appeared just in time to try to sooth the post-graduation panic.. [including] You Can Do Anything.... [Anders] suppl[ies] useful talking points in support of the financial viability of studying the liberal arts."―Timothy Aubry, New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Earlier in his career, George served as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company magazine and Bloomberg View. In 1997, he shared in a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He and his wife live in northern California and their two sons have started their own college adventures.
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (August 8, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316548804
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316548809
- Item Weight : 1.22 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #820,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is a great mix of being inspirational, aspirational, and motivational. The latter is the most important. Although you may think this book is written for the teenager thinking about their educational path or a 20-something looking for the right path forward, it applies no matter your age. Whether in our thirties, fifties, or sixties, we are still developing the right life work path, and "You Can Do Anything" fuels the soul of our life work.
From this book, I have thought more fully about my next steps, and I am more encouraged for my sons as they pursue their Liberal Arts and Fine Arts degrees. A key point throughout may be simply this: Keep thinking analytically and creatively and constantly learning and diligently working.