What You’re Really Meant To Do. A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential. By Robert Steven Kaplan
Just finished this book and really liked how the author laid out his thinking. Much of his book, the second half, is about how to keep a job and advance in a job which I really liked because most books are only about how to FIND a job.
His model is you begin with:
1. What are your really meant to do
2. Know yourself from strengths & weaknesses to passions and understanding yourself
3. Looking at opportunities and being able to articulate the top 3 tasks in your job, then in your dream job, and then matching skills with tasks
4. Ending with “good vs great” which is all about developing relationships, pushing yourself to greatness through communication and ethical guidelines
He has numerous activities to do to help you understand yourself in each of these areas from journaling, writing our narrative and telling stories, and more.
Has great advice sprinkled throughout on separating the “what” you want from “how” you will get there so you don’t let obstacles get in your way. Advice on finding your passion and believing the money will come. And advice on developing real leadership skills.
Good book, but I felt it tapered off a bit for college students in the second half because he spent so much time focused on mid-life career changers. Having said that, I thought it would be very helpful for people who are stuck in their career and need a new way of looking at their situation.
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a monthly newsletter for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
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