This is a mini book of 112 pages by Sue Clarke which is written in simple English to boost up confidence, achieve clarity of purpose and real job satisfaction. The author had tried to help the readers to turning work into a pleasure experience. It is a book specially designed to coach one towards creating a perfect career and doing work that one would love to do. The book deals with the successful methodologies author applied to her various clients to change their lives. This is a book to motivate one to choose a right job or to love his or her existing job by improving the working environment and by adjusting a little to the working environment.
About the Author:
Sue Clarke is a career development coach who had worked in the human resources, recruitment, and management for over 17 years alongside Fiona Harrold, one of the United Kingdom's best-known life coaches.
Fiona Harrold had written a powerful foreword for the book.
The book has seven chapters which are equally important for improving ones career. Each of the chapters is specifically devoted to a particular attention and a valued quote is listed for each of the chapters. I am going to give you the names of the chapters (you may call it as steps of progression) along with the quotes and some briefings about the chapters.
1. What do you want?
"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true" - Richard Bach.
As the quote above indicates, if we make a wish, we have a number of ways to fulfill that wish. It is important to know what do we actually want and we have to plan our strategies accordingly. The key idea behind the first step of this book is that one has to identify what he/she wants and then only shall start his journey chasing success.
2. Find the real you.
"Life is a sum of all your choices" - Albert Camus.
As the quote insists, this chapter deals with how to identify who and what you are. Unless one knows himself / herself, it is not possible for an advancement by way of a planned strategy. The key idea dealt in this chapter is how to find ones true self.
3. What are you good at?
"The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our capacities to their greatest extent".
Go with the quote again, it clearly speaks that when we know something we are good at, we should always exercise that good in us to maximize our values. This is a good tool that we have with us and so it can impress others. The key behind this chapter is that one should identify his / her strengths and develop those strengths further.
4. Your ideal work.
"Every man has his own vocation" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
As the quote implies, we have our own interests and we should align our work to our interests. For this, in the previous chapters we had analyzed ourselves and now it is time to make a right decision about where to take our career. The key idea behind this chapter is that when one can clearly identify what he or she likes and what likes him or her, than the person is in the right track.
5. What is holding you back?
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude" - Thomas Jefferson.
This chapter is basically discussed to identify the drawbacks and ways to overcome them. But we should be prompt in deciding what to do and what not.
6. Show yourself off at your best.
"Tell all the truth but tell it slant" - Emily Dickinson.
This chapter advises one how to market oneself. This is the way one can draw attention from others. I t teaches one to be positive and energetic, the two pillars of success.
7. Keep it perfect.
"Our aspirations are our possibilities" - Samuel Johnson.
The idea behind this chapter is to instruct one about the ways to maintain a constant profile and that too a perfect profile. Nothing is better than perfection.
This is a book which has great impact on my life. I had gained a lot after reading this book. The words are simple and the entire book deals with something we already know. But, when we get it assembled what we all know in a systematic manner with all the pros and cons, there can not be anything beneficial than that. I insist everybody to go through this book ones in their lifetime and I bet you will improve a lot in your career. Please don't forget to thank me later for my recommendation.
* The book first published in Great Britain in 2005 by Hodder and Stoughton.