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Born For This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by [Guillebeau, Chris]
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an engaging action-oriented guide sure to help you answer that burning question: “What’s next?” (Forbes)

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How to find a job you love that pays well, too.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6423 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (21 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016L5L3XU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Slightly disappointed by this book. As with so many self-help/career advice books, there is plenty of common sense advice and reframing, but almost no actionable advice.

I'm currently looking for new work after leaving my last job as a teacher and found nothing in this book that I could turn into action. I have had many different jobs, from corporate sector to teaching to police to sales, and have not lived the kind of lifestyle the author does, nor do I know anyone who does.

Unfortunately the book gives almost no advice that one can put into practice. For every page that offers anything close to useful advice, there are over 50 pages of useless anecdotes and over-simplified and generalised reframing that I don't think will be of use to anyone.

Advice includes:

You probably already know loads of people that can help you find the ideal career you want. - Well, no I don't.

Decide on the job title you want. - Well, I've never worked for a company that would let employees decide on their own title.

Create an artist's statement of future self. - Well, great, now I've done that waste of time I still need to be pragmatic and find a job that will probably in no way relate to what I want because I have to be practical and just go for what's in the market.

Get a job that you love, pays really well and that you're really good at. - This was my favourite bit of advice! Did I need to drop £10 to be told this? The worst thing is, at the end of every chapter the author promises to show you how, then the book gives no advice on how to get that job that would be ideal for you.

Talk to your boss about their priorities and yours.
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Born for This illustrates options for how to organise your career and your life, encouraging readers to think outside of the dry, conventional careers advice they probably received at school. It takes an abstract view of career and highlights the importance of combining skill, pleasure and money in your career. If you are looking for advice on how to climb the career ladder we are all told about at school and in many other career advice books, keep looking. If you prefer to take a creative and proactive approach to finding a fulfilling career, don't hesitate — buy this book right now.

Chris Guillebeau's writing style is conversational and friendly in tone, which won't appeal to everyone — but this book wasn't written for everyone. It has been written for people who share a certain philosophy: who want to challenge themselves and lead a fun, satisfying life which benefits both themselves and others. People who have realised that the conventional careers model we are sold rarely exists anymore and doesn't suit everyone anyway.

Born for This provides you with a starting point for exploring career options. It begins with chapters on the best strategies to adopt — how to increase your chances of success (hint: it involves playing the right game in the first place) and which skills to develop. It then presents different career models, including You, Inc (considering yourself as a company), side hustles, the self-employed employee and (my favourite) the DIY rockstar. The principles explained are demonstrated with accounts of people who have made their careers and lives work for themselves, basing their choices on personal priorities rather than mainstream goals.
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This is the second book by Chris Guillebeau that I have read, the other being The $100 Start Up, I went to the London launch of this book and I have also been a longtime reader of his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity, so I have to admit to reviewing from a fan's perspective!

One of my favourite bits in the book was where Chris relates a story from the early day's of his blog, that his Grandma Una assumed that the group emails he sent out were written personally for her, this book at times had the uncanny ability or coincidence to give me the impression that it was written personally for me! (How did you know about the shredder under my desk Chris?)

The key idea of the book is around the Joy-Money-Flow Model, a career that ticks each of these boxes is essentially winning the 'career lottery', there's a really good practical exercise early on where Chris outlines how to establish which of these is the most important right now (mine was Money). In fact the book is packed with exercises to help you improve your current circumstances, create ideas or even how to set up a side business in 19 days.

One detail I really liked was that each chapter started with an inspirational quote from people that he interviewed for research, rather than generic aphorisms from famous people, this reinforces the idea that winning the career lottery is attainable to people like you and me, but as the title of my review suggests, it takes moxie! My favourite parts of the book are the personal stories that demonstrate the themes being discussed, one bit that filled me with dread though was the 100 Person project, I don't think I have the courage to do this yet!

Chris Guillebeau has written a brilliant, accessible and relevant book for our current age. When reading books one question I ask myself is 'would I read this again?', for this book the answer is definitely yes!
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