How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success
Do you jump out of bed every morning and rush to a job you love? Or is your work
just a way to pay the bills? Whether you are a seasoned professional in search of a
career change or just starting out, let This book guide you to more engaging,
fulfilling work. Based on breakthrough techniques developed by the author’s
award-winning career coaching organization, Rockport Institute, This book has
changed the lives of thousands.
This completely revised and updated new edition offers more than fifty self-tests,
diagnostic tools, and the acclaimed Rockport Career Design Method to help you choose
an entirely new career, an entrepreneurial path, or the ideal job in your present field.
• How to design your new career step-by-step—a realistic,
attainable career that fits your talents, personality, goals, and interests —
a new career you will love.
• How to deal successfully with the “Yeahbut” negative thoughts
and obstacles that keep you going back to the same old ill-fitting job, day after day.
• How to land the perfect job in your new field using personal
marketing and networking (even for those who hate to network).
At once comprehensive, insightful, practical, and empowering, This book will be your
personal career coach, expertly guiding you through the process of moving forward from
your present uncertainty to designing a career that fits you elegantly, perfectly,
like a custom-made suit.
This book contains inquiries as a way to generate clues about what is important
to you. These inquiries are tools that provide a useful way to ask good questions
and choose definite components and elements of your future work. Here's the first.
Remember back to your childhood, back to the beginning of the journey. Remember
your childhood visions of the future.
What were those dreams? What were those wild fantasies of yours? What seemingly
perfect careers did you imagine as you were growing up?
How did you feel when you imagined yourself in the midst of one of these fantasies?
Feel now what it felt like then.
If you were like most of us, you dreamed of an exciting future where you were
passionately engaged in life. Perhaps you dreamed of being a rock star or a
professional athlete, a detective, of the first empress of the galaxy. You might
have envisioned yourself as a brilliant surgeon, as an artist, or swinging from a
vine over a bottomless chasm. Wiser now, you might smile at the naivete of
childhood dreams. Your vision may not have been reasonable or practical, but it was
certainly passionate. It put you in the midst of a life that was fully lived.
How well does the word "work" fit with your childhood dream job? Doesn't it seem
strangely out of place? The way these fantasies usually occur seems to fit better into
the category of "adventurous vacation" or "getting paid to play". Our dream jobs are
more play than work. When people dream of being a lawer, they aren't thinking about
being buried under endless piles of deadly dull paperwork or having to defend an
unscrupulous client. In our dreams of being a fireman, we are fighting the fire, not
repacking the hoses or passing long nights in the firehouse playing endless games of
pinochle with two cards missing from the deck.
When you get down to the very skinny truth, under all the sophisticated conversation
and pretense, no one really wants to work if that includes a life of suffering. One
definition of the work "work" that is not in the dictionary, but nevertheless is part
of our internal dictionary, goes something like "Work - something I would rather do
less of" or "something I have to do when I would rather do something else." Underneath
all the serious reasons people give t oexplain why want to change careers, lead a company,
write a book, or drive an eighteen-wheeler, there is an essential, powerful motivation that's
not discussed in polite, sophisticated company. They want to do something they are
passionate about. They want satisfaction, an adventurer. And they want to have fun.
Reader E. Chen from New York, NY says, "I read this book (previous version) about
eight years ago when I was switching careers. I was 25 and knew that I wanted to
do something different, but didn't know what. I had read a LOT of career books
What Color Is Your Parachute?, books about finding a job that suited your
creativity, etc.) and this is the only one I consider worth keeping. In fact,
I just had to buy the Kindle version because I bought several copies to lend⁄give,
and can't remember where my latest copy is. But I don't mind buying it again
because I have gotten so much benefit out of this book. I would lend and re-buy
it 10 times without complaint.