To adapt to the challenges of professional life today, we need to rediscover our entrepreneurial instincts and use them to forge new sorts of careers. Whether you’re a lawyer or doctor or teacher or engineer or even a business owner, today you need to think of yourself as an entrepreneur at the helm of at least one living, growing start-up venture: Your career.
"In today’s hyperconnected world, more and more companies cannot and will not hire people who don’t fulfill those criteria...This is precisely why LinkedIn’s founder, Reid Garrett Hoffman, one of the premier starter-uppers in Silicon Valley — besides co-founding LinkedIn, he is on the board of Zynga, was an early investor in Facebook and sits on the board of Mozilla — has a book coming out after New Year called “The Start-Up of You,” co-authored with Ben Casnocha. Its subtitle could easily be: 'Hey, recent graduates! Hey, 35-year-old midcareer professional! Here’s how you build your career today.'" The New York Times
"The Start-Up Of YOU is a recently released book co-written by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman. It’s well worth reading, not only because it presents an interesting perspective based on the entrepreneurial experiences of the authors, but is also includes a number of practical exercises (called “Invest in Yourself”) which can help you improve your networking and self-improvement skills." Forbes
In Know Can Do!, bestselling author Ken Blanchard, Success Motivation Institute founder Paul J. Meyer, and ace motivational speaker and consultant Dick Ruhe use a story about an author with questions and an entrepreneur with answers to offer a simple and systematic approach for learning more efficiently and using that knowledge
The Marshmallow Test is an experiment where some children were observed to see when and how they become able to exert sufficient self-resistance to choose waiting for two marshmallows rather than having one right away. Resistance was very easy for some of them while it was very difficult for the others.
Whether you are transitioning your career, or have been downsized, or believe that your true potential has yet to be fully tapped, Pivot is a guide to reinvention for anyone, at any age. With clear-eyed compassion and frank assessments, Adam shares the secrets that will guide you away from fear and
No matter what you do and what you aim for, you can always improve your performance, be more focused and productive, stay cool under pressure, reduce the length of meetings, and tackle the hardest challenge of all: influencing other people. You can also be a better parent and partner, perhaps even
Are You Fully Charged? reveals the keys that matter most for our daily well-being, as well as our engagement in our work. Drawing on the latest and most practical research from business, psychology, and economics. This book focuses on changes we can make to create better days for ourselves and others.
All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.
To adapt to the challenges of professional life today, we need to rediscover our entrepreneurial instincts and use them to forge new sorts of careers.
You can no longer count on employer-sponsored training to enhance your communication skills or expand your technical know-how. It’s now your job to train and invest in yourself.
If technology doesn’t eliminate or change the skills you need in many industries, it at least enables more people from around the world to compete for your job by allowing companies to offshore work more easily – knocking down your salary in the process.
Searching for a job only when you’re unemployed or unhappy at work has been replaced by the mandate to always be generating opportunities.
A billboard that sat along one highway put it bluntly: “1,000,000 people overseas can do your job. What makes you so special?”
Your competitive advantage is formed by the interplay of three different, ever-changing forces: Your assets, your aspirations/values, and the market realities.
You may not be able to achieve all your aspirations or build a life that incorporates all your values. And they will certainly change over time. But you should at least orient yourself in the direction of a pole star, even if it changes.
Your skills, experience, and other soft assets – no matter how special you think they are – won’t give you an edge unless they meet the needs of a paying market.
What you’re doing now doesn’t have to be failing for it to make sense to shift. If you find that the grass is greener somewhere else, go there!
Just as entrepreneurs are always recruiting and building a team of stunning people, you want to always be in-vesting in your professional network to grow the start-up that is your career.
Relationships matter to your career no matter the organization or level of seniority because every job boils down to interacting with people.
When it comes to getting promoted in your job, strong relationships and being on good terms with your boss can matter more than competence.
A slightly less competent person who gets along with others and contributes on a team can be better for the company than somebody who’s 100 percent competent but isn’t a team player.
Behavior and beliefs are contagious: the fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.
Our professional lives are not a sequence of equally important jobs. There are always breakout projects, connections, specific experiences, and yes, strokes of luck – that lead to unusually rapid career growth.
Reject the misconception that if you’re less powerful, less wealthy, or less experienced, you have nothing to offer someone else. Everyone is capable of offering helpful support or constructive feedback.