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Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it! [Paperback]

Joanna Penn
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Book Description

15 Feb 2013
Are you tired of asking "What should I do with my life?" Are you sick of your job? Don't worry, I know how you feel! I used to start every working week saying "I hate my job" and spend every Friday night drinking too much to drown my misery. I was a cubicle worker in large corporates, going to pointless meetings, writing endless documents no one would read, testing computer systems that would soon be obsolete. Every day, my soul and my creativity died a little. Maybe you feel the same? Well, life is too short to just exist on the edge of breakdown, and there is a better way of living. You need to discover what you love to do and then make that your job, your life's work. This book will take you through understanding the way you feel now as well as how to improve your current situation immediately so you can create enough space to work on breaking out and doing what you truly love. It also contains the career change process I used to go from management consultant to full-time author-entrepreneur. It's time to change your career and your life.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (15 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482046180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482046182
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanna Penn is an author, international speaker and entrepreneur based in London, England. She was voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013.

She was an IT consultant for 13 years, working in large corporates across Europe and Asia Pacific. In 2011, she became a full-time author/entrepreneur. Her journey and lessons learned are documented in her book "Career Change: Stop hating your job, find out what you really want to do, and start doing it."

Joanna's site, helps authors with writing and creative entrepreneurship. She has a popular podcast on iTunes and a YouTube Channel.

Her other non-fiction books are on public speaking and book marketing.

Joanna also writes fiction under J.F.Penn: Thrillers on the edge.

Including the ARKANE action-adventure thrillers: Pentecost, Prophecy, Exodus and One Day In Budapest

Dark crime thriller: Desecration
Short story series based on Dante's Inferno: A Thousand Fiendish Angels

Joanna enjoys travelling, reading widely, art & architecture, scuba diving and is a cat person.

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About the Author

Joanna Penn spent 13 years as a management consultant before changing her career to become a thriller author, international speaker and entrepreneur. She believes that you too can design a better way of living and working.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book 30 April 2013
By Ava
A brilliant read with practical tools and techniques which, when applied will get you startling results and click things inside you that you weren't aware needed clicking...well that certainly happened in my case.
Whizzed through it in no time, now I'm ready for better.
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Inspirational guide by the inspirational Joanna Penn, who shares her tips for self-publishing at Here, she gives a general and very useful guide to changing careers. I found that many of her aspirations for an ideal career are mine also, so following her advice would seem to be a good path to take.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Here! 25 April 2013
By Lisa Crittenden - Published on
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If I had been able to examine this book in person, there is no way I would have ordered it. It is overly vague and simplistic, with most "Chapters" under 10 (very small) pages long. I ordered this in the hopes that it would offer something new. It doesn't. It is simply a regurgitation of other (far superior) self-help books on the market. The problem here is that there really isn't much helpful information in this book. She asks to make lists of things like: What did I want to be when I was a child/teenager? What do I like now? What do I hate/ definitely not want to do? Hardly groundbreaking material. I you have never read a self-help book, this might have some good information for you, but it is uninspiring, simplistic, and a regurgitation of other more valuable books such as: Richard Bolles, "What Color is Your Parachute?", Julia Cameron's, "The Artist's Way", or Greg Levoy's, "Callings, Finding and Following an Authentic Life". The difference between these books I've mentioned and Career Change by Joanna Penn is that they actually include real research on the subject that makes it relevant to a broad audience, there is more information and a variety of exercises to partake in that will help you discover things you about what you want out of life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me 4 April 2014
By RED - Published on
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Very basic advice with little on how to get "unstuck." I don't feel any closer to knowing what I want to do or how to change my situation. Also it was very annoying that the book constantly refers to the free "workbook" that you really have to either print out to use or else manually keep notes and answers in a separate file or written down. There is nothing new or groundbreaking, the style is amateurish, and the author constantly uses examples from her own life to support her claims rather than real research. If you're looking for a deep dive on change, this isn't it. It's more like a basic primer for people who have never given an ounce of thought to changing their work lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste another minute! 10 July 2012
By MISS RG HANSEN - Published on
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At the height of her career unhappiness as an IT consultant (back in 2008), Joanna Penn wrote on a piece of paper "I am creative, I am an author." Four years later she is a best-selling full-time author entrepreneur with a large international following and a thriving online business offering a variety of highly rated products and services. This book is her roadmap of exactly how she got there and how you can do the same with your dream(s).

It provides ready-to-use processes and diagrams outlining the career change process in detail, as well as addresses key stumbling blocks such as money issues and mental barriers head on. The highly practical list of recommended articles, books, websites and interviews at the back of the book is hands down one of the best resources I've ever come across in one place!

Don't waste another minute - grab this book as soon as you can - it will help you take immediate action and start moving you towards the career and lifestyle of your dreams! Joanna is living proof that this book works.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, honest, easy to read -- and works! 14 Aug 2012
By SJ Schelling - Published on
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Joanna Penn wrote How To Love Your Job Or Find A New One as a way to work through feeling "trapped" in a suffocating office job that she hated. The book was her way of working through what she could do to get off the hamster wheel. Penn now has her dream job -- by following her own advice.

Penn is endearingly honest and generous with her information. It's easy to relate to the anecdotes guiding the book. Well-sourced stats back up the emotional points. A "W" symbol signifies some "homework" in the related workbook (so no bits of paper everywhere) -- a question to ponder or to dig as deep as you like.

Part 1 is about identifying the problems; Part 2 contains Penn's strategies to change things; while Part 3 helps you ID your loves and what you want to do. The book doesn't assume a basic knowledge of business (or life), yet explains things simply, without "talking down". Penn identifies cornerstones of success, appropriate education (including financial), what the market wants, and whether you love it. She then drills down to what you want from a business, and what your life values and goals are, as these will impact your business model.

You get as much out of the book as you like: the questions are thought provoking and sensible; you can use them to guide you, or to really dredge your mind and soul.

And here is where the book could undersell its offerings: it's about so much more than a job you love -- it's about designing a life you love that includes a job you're passionate about. It's engaging, friendly, honest, sensible, very readable and the personal anecdotes are highly inspiring.

A must for everyone -- even if you love your job (you may learn something else about your life).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When you're ready to make a change 28 July 2012
By Michelle Henriques-Wilson - Published on
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You know what they say about something that feels or looks too good to be true, right? But this book is exactly what I needed to guide me towards making the change I'm so desperate to make.

Being a creative person, I've longed to find a way to transition from my current stodgy, unfulfilling job to an exciting, comfortable, and rewarding career utilizing my complete creative passions. I knew what I wanted, but didn't know what steps to take.

How to Love Your Job or Find a New One arrived in my inbox not a moment too soon. Not only am I unhappy in my current job but I'm eager to let my creative passions bloom into the career I'd always dreamed it could be. What helped to push me forward was this quote by Goethe in the book - "Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it."

Penn is right on the mark. She doesn't advocate for anyone to throw caution to the wind, drop everything and dive feet first into doing what they think is their passion. She encourages the reader to think things through then write them down. A free pdf workbook is available for download. The reader is encouraged to use this workbook to sort through their thoughts and feelings by answering specific questions. I find it best to use both novel and workbook together.

I knew I was as Penn said "just tolerating my job day after day knowing that I wanted to do something else." So I had to find out if this was even feasible. I wanted to have a better understanding of why I've been feeling this way and what, if anything, can I do about it. Using Penn's business model, I was able to create a business model of my own as a guide.

Though the road to change will be bumpy and filled with pitfalls and disappointment, this book is your roadmap to success. It outlines the process to changing your career or steps to help make your better job. It's filled with diagrams and thought provoking questions to help the reader address the myriad of personal and financial stumbling blocks that can derail the best attempts at change. At the end of the book, Penn takes it a step further and provides the reader with a great list of books, interviews, articles, and websites for further research and inspiration.

So, if you're ready to change your career, better your job or are just thinking about it, How to Love Your Job or Find A New One is the book for you.
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