Born for This

Born for This

How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

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Random House, Inc.
Have you ever met someone with the perfect job?

To the outside observer, it seems like they've won the career lottery—that by some stroke of luck or circumstance they've found the one thing they love so much that it doesn't even feel like work—and they're getting paid well to do it.  

In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There’s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of The $100 Startup, has created a practical guide for how to do it—whether within a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own.

Finding the work you were “born to do” isn’t just about discovering your passion. Doing what brings you joy is great, but if you aren’t earning a living, it’s a hobby, not a career. And those who jump out of bed excited to go to work every morning don’t just have jobs that turn their passions into paychecks. They have jobs where they also can lose themselves for hours in the flow of meaningful work.

This intersection of joy, money, and flow is what Guillebeau will help you find in this book. Through inspiring stories of those who have successfully landed their dream career, as well as actionable tools, exercises, and thought experiments, he’ll guide you through today’s vast menu of career options to discover the work perfectly suited to your unique interests, skills, and experiences.

You’ll learn how to:
• Hack the job of your dreams within a traditional organization by making it work for you
• Find not only your ideal work but also your ideal working conditions
• Create plans that will allow you to take smarter career risks and “beat the house” every time
• Start a profitable “side hustle” and earn extra cash on top of your primary stream of income
• Escape the prison of working for someone else and build a mini-empire as an entrepreneur
• Become a rock star at any creative endeavor by creating a loyal base of fans and followers

Whichever path you choose, this book will show you how to find that one job or career that feels so right, it’s like you were born to do it.

Baker & Taylor
The best-selling author of The $100 Startup demonstrates how to enjoy greater career success and personal fulfillment by finding one's life calling, expanding his recommendations beyond the entrepreneurial sphere to outline an actionable method for rendering one's passions profitable.

Baker
& Taylor

Demonstrates how to enjoy greater career success and personal fulfillment by finding one's life calling, with recommendations beyond the entrepreneurial sphere to outline an actionable method for rendering one's passions profitable.

Publisher: New York : Crown Business, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101903988
1101903988
Branch Call Number: 650.14 G945b
Characteristics: vi, 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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mjl6482
Aug 28, 2017

Like other reviews, I agree it was an easy read book. I was however disappointed in that it was yet another "self help" book with an enticing title that doesn't actually "do" what the title says. Like many other books with "how to" in the title, it doesn't tell you "how to" anything. Some interesting stories of what others have experienced but I found it frustratingly unhelpful.

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iamirak
Aug 18, 2016

This book started out slowly and I wasn't sure why it had gotten great reviews on a podcast that I listened to (and trust).
But, once the author got to the 100-person project, I started to really enjoy this. After that, there were several messages and ideas I found particularly useful and relevant to my life.

This was an easy read and I think it was worth it.

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kevinw55
Apr 13, 2016

Is this helpful? Not so much, but its alright.
Best book ever? Probably not.
Anyway its a fun and easy read

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