Career Blues? Born for This Review

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It’s Out There: Born for This Review

By Jocelin Higgins

Born for This Review

Are you still seeking your ideal career? Is your current occupation dragging you down? Or, do you love what you do, but find that it just doesn’t generate enough income to live the life you want? If any of these questions are on the top of your mind, then this  definitely could be a book to get you out of your career rut or create a side hustle to generate more income. Born for This offers hope for the discontent, lost, or hopeful seeker. My Born For This review aims to give you a thorough and broad scope of what it’s all about.

It’s a practical guide full of useful advice to get you moving toward your best fit avocation, so that you have what he refers to as “joy (what you like to do), money (what supports and sustains you) and flow (what you are really good at)”  in an occupation and livelihood that absorbs your waking hours. Why not enjoy it as much as possible?

How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

In this new manifesto, Portland lifestyle blogger, world traveler and host of WDS Chris Guillebeau pens on the cover, How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do.” Thus setting up the purpose for this career help guide, complete with illustrated graphics. He believes that there is a perfect fit for you, a particular calling, per say, and shows it by telling story after story of people who are doing just that. However, what I found really helpful was that he also mentions earlier, not-so-great-for-those-interviewed jobs that they experimented with and struggled through until they had found their jackpot careers. He even goes into detail to describe his journey to finally getting to where he loves what he does.

He breaks the book into two main focuses. The first being a few lessons that can help you in figuring out what it is you want from a career and the second part gives you practical modes and methods to put these lessons into practice to find your most fulfilling job.

Your In-Box Tells All

How exactly does one figure out what to do with their life? You could start college or university and take classes until you stumble upon what you feel drawn to or you could listen to your parents and family and follow in their footsteps. Since we already know about THESE methods, this book doesn’t repeat them.

Instead it tells you to look at your “in-box:” What kinds of e-mail lists have you subscribed to? What activities do you pursue in your free time? What favors do your family and friends ask of you? Because the people in your life can see things in you that you may not be aware of. This could give some insight into where you may want to focus your time and energy. He brings up how his vast traveling experience led him into creating creative travel guides because his friends were consistently asking him for trip advice.

Helpful Messages This Book Presents:

  • Why changing your thinking about work: reframing assumptions or beliefs you’ve held is critical.
  • You can both love your work and earn good money.
  • Believe and bet on yourself and have faith in your abilities.
  • It is possible to master the skills to leave your drone job for your ideal life’s calling.
  • Entrepreneurship can lead to reaching success more rapidly.
  • Knowing when to make your big break and when to bide your time is vital.
  • Asking 100 average people what their problems are can lead to unique ways to help them.

Where This Book Doesn’t Go

Some of the suggestions presented in this book were not new to me. I’ve read many a self-help book. However, it’s one thing to know you need to make changes, but another to actually make them or to even have the courage to do so. This book does not include the coaching motivator, although it is encouraging. It doesn’t really get into the psychology of HOW to redirect your mind to change direction or get your behavior to follow suit. There isn’t really a mention of the spiritual aspect of looking for one’s calling other than when things just work out easily. A fascinating book I read in this vein is
called, Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life which is about paying attention to synchronicity and seeing it as signs from the other side to guide you in the direction to take with your life. This isn’t that type of book.

You do need a certain amount of confidence and persistence to follow his advice and integrate it into your career search, especially if you are living paycheck to paycheck. This would be a great book to use in a group book study with others, so that you can hold each other accountable or with a personal coach that pushes you to go farther and expand your limits more than you have ever done before. You could also re-read it a few times and get more out of it each time you do. I plan on this.

So, Now What Do You Do With This One Wild and Crazy Life?

Start living, he says. Embrace life, don’t settle, Be courageous and take risks (don’t worry, there’s even a chapter on ways to take calculated risks to decrease loss). Keep searching for your ideal career because you deserve it and the world it anxiously waiting to embrace your wondrous gifts!

Thanks for checking out my Born For This review! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

*By the way, I do know this author and was given this book to review before publication. However, it is my honest review. If you have enjoyed what you have read, please consider clicking on the affiliate links, so we may earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) to support this site. We only refer our readers to books or advice that we support and believe in.

One thought on “Career Blues? Born for This Review

  1. Jim Fasulo

    Jocelin,

    Nice review! I like the structure of the writing in the sense that you analyze the primary
    message of the book in a clear and concise manner. I get the sense that you took
    the necessary amount of time to absorb the author’s message and then evaluated
    his message quite well.

    One of the interesting dynamics about self help books, and this does seem to fit
    into this category, is that at the end of reading this type of book, one realizes that
    the person writing the book has been successful in getting the reader to “buy”
    into his approach to something, in this case starting a business. You might consider
    this cynical statement; I look at it as the nature of self help books.

    I consider self help titles reflections of a person who has had some success in business or in life in general, and then parlays that success or confidence into a book form.
    Of course, the books in this genre should be easy to read, as their goal is to encourage people to follow their philosophy chapter by chapter.

    I am fortunate to love what I do, and I certainly can say that working the profession I currently do, as an advisor, came about from extensive efforts to make in happen. I imagine the author mentions this in his book. Additionally, there was a long time in my life when I continued to do work that was unsatisfying to me, which has enhanced my enjoyment that much more.
    I really appreciate the joy I get from my work after an absence of it in the work which preceded it.

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