Born for This

How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

by Chris Guillebeau

Number of pages: 320

Publisher: Crown Business

BBB Library: Psychology and Strengths, Personal Success

ISBN: 978-1101903988



About the Author

He is an American nonfiction author, blogger and speaker. He is best known for The Art of Non-Conformity blog and book. He has also written guides for travel and small business topics under the brand Unconventional Guides.

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Editorial Review

Finding the work you were “born to do” isn’t just about discovering your passion. 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 you’ll learn to 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.

Book Reviews

““Born for This” is definitely a worthwhile read, even if you thoroughly enjoy what you do now. If you’re lucky to already feel that way, consider it as a reinforcer of good behavior, and food for thought for when you’ll need it in the future. Come to think of it, reading this book could be considered another type of worthwhile investment in our career success.” —Rockstar Finance

“Do you think doing what you love is reserved for a few lucky ones? Do you dream of doing work that you enjoy and that pays well? Do you dream about starting your own business to do what you actually like? Somewhere, somehow, we accepted the argument that we could not have it all. Leave it to Chris Guillebeau to majestically poke holes into that limiting thought, debunk career-path myths, and open up our mindset into the realm of what is possible in his new book Born for This. In short: YES, you can do what you like to do (and what you are really good at), while earning the money that supports and sustains your lifestyle.” —The New York Public Library

“"Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do" is a career guide for the non-traditional (by choice or necessity) who wants to survive the changing world of work. Author Chris Guillebeau offers a plethora of ideas, examples, and optimism to help you navigate your work-life balance with a concept the book calls "winning the career lottery".” —Small Business Trends

“His newest book, Born For This, is due out April 5, 2016. The book is centered around how to find the work that you were meant to do. It is a tool for aiding those who may be struggling to find happiness in their career. Chris structures the material around what he calls the “Joy - Money - Flow” formula. Simply put, he asks the reader to consider what they like to do, the financial aspects they need to live the lifestyle they want, and the things that they are really good at doing. It is a smart way to break down the aspects to winning what he calls the “career lottery.”” —Brandon Lyles

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Wisdom to Share

To find the work you were born to do, you need the right combination of joy, money, and flow.

Finding the work you were born to do is rarely a linear journey. But when you get there, it’s totally worth it.

The phrase “Do what you love” is maybe a tiring phrase, but there’s hardly a better aspiration for a set of activities that take up to 40 hours a week (or more) from the rest of our lives

Even career lottery winner may have to make photocopies and file expense report. No one can do everything they love 100 percent of the time, but that’s not really the goal.

Generally speaking, we want our work to “spark joy.” If you’re not sure whether your current work sparks joy, it probably doesn’t.

To find the work you were born to do, you need a strong match with both right content and the best working conditions.

Working conditions are a huge part of finding that ideal combination of joy, money, and flow. You can’t just find the best possible work. You also have to find (or create) the working conditions that best suit your personality and preferences.

Finding freedom requires you to abandon the lines of reasoning that got you thus far. That’s where mastering the right kind of skills come in.

Negotiation isn’t just for diplomats and car salesmen. The art of negotiation is about finding win-win solutions to any problem in or out the workplace.

Successful people, no matter their field, are good at following through and following up.

It’s much better to be in the opposite position, where not everything is shiny and perfect and you don’t have all the details figured out, but you’re making something you believe in for a growing community of people who care enough to show up.

Don’t put all your attention on the trapping of being the rock star. Focus instead on making something that matters and connecting with people who get what it’s all about.

Though we all try to do it from time to time, it’s been scientifically proven that the ability to multitask is largely a myth. Unfortunately, we all have only one brain and the brain can pay attention only to one task at a time.

Contrary to popular belief, if you want to win, you shouldn’t always just keep going. You should regroup and try something totally different.

Winners never quit, and quitters never win” is a lie. To win, sometimes you need to find a new game to play.