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The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success (Touchstone Books (Paperback)) Kindle Edition
Or is the work you once enjoyed now just a way to pay the bills? Perhaps you're even doubting your career choice altogether. Let The Pathfinder guide you to a more engaging, fulfilling work life. Based on breakthrough techniques developed by Rockport Institute, an innovative and award-winning career-counseling network that has changed the lives of over 10,000 people, The Pathfinder offers invaluable advice and more than 100 self-tests and diagnostic tools that will help you choose an entirely new career -- or view a current job from a new, more positive perspective. You'll learn:
* How to design your new career direction step by step so that it fits your talents, personality, needs, goals, values, and is, at the same time, practical and attainable
* How to deal successfully with the "yeah but" voices in your head that keep you going back to the same old ill-fitting job, day after day
* How to land the perfect job in your new field, plus tips on writing a really exceptional résumé, personal marketing, and networking (even for those who hate to network)
Whether you're a seasoned professional in search of a career change or a beginner just entering the working world, you want to make the right choices from the beginning. No matter where you are in your journey, if you want work to be more of a dance than a drag, The Pathfinder will expertly coach you through the process of designing a career you will love.
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Once, I was in the same situation you are facing today. It was time to decide what to do with my life. I committed myself to doing whatever was necessary to make a truly excellent career choice because I passionately wanted to wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work each day. This is the book I searched for then but did not find.
I remember an extraordinary, imaginary book that first framed my boyhood vision of what I hope The Pathfinder will be for you. Each month, Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, would find themselves in the middle of a full-tilt comic-book adventure. When things got completely hopeless, when the forces of chaos seemed sure to win, they always pulled off a miracle. Out of their knapsack came their infallible guide and problem solver, The Junior Woodchuck Guidebook. It had an absolutely perfect, creative solution for every situation they stumbled into, no matter how obscure or difficult. It was the complete guide to life.
Since then, I have passionately sought those rare volumes of chuckery that surface in the real world. Every once in a while, one appears—the seminal guidebook to some aspect of life. Inspired by these wonderful books, The Pathfinder is intended to be one small chapter of The Junior Woodchuck Guidebook: how to decide what to do with your life. Whether you are in midcareer change or are making career decisions for the first time, it is designed to get you successfully through the process of planning your future.
How can an intelligent person, committed to choosing a new career path, decide exactly which direction to pursue? That is a question I began asking many years ago. At the time, I was restless and bored with my job. I ran a conservation and solar energy company on the coast of Maine. I had written and been responsible for passing legislation that saved thousands of beautiful historic houses from destruction and had recently been commended for excellence by the White House. My office looked out on a beautiful harbor where lobster boats and foghorns greeted the new day. Yet I had trouble getting through the workday. Even with an extensive background in psychology and Eastern philosophy, I had difficulty understanding why my workday left so much to be desired. How could it be that working on interesting projects in an idyllic setting and making a positive difference in the world and getting recognition could get boring? It was an absolute mystery to me.
I then searched all over New England to find someone to help me solve my problem. I called nearly every counselor in the region. I told them I was seeking to choose a new career where I would be able to wake up in the morning and look forward to work. I said I wanted to find a vocation that was challenging, creative, and that I would passionately enjoy, where I could use my talents to their fullest, doing something that mattered to me. None of them seemed to know what it took to have a really phenomenal career. In fact, I could tell from their voices that many of them didn’t seem to love what they did, either.
Finally, I took my problem to a wise old man who was a fellow member of my boat club. As it turned out, I was lucky enough to pick the ideal supporter, R. Buckminster Fuller. Many people have heard of Bucky because he invented the geodesic dome. The building at Epcot Center that looks like a huge silvery ball is one of his many revolutionary designs. Bucky was much more than an architect. If you can imagine Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda combined in a real person who was at the same time a master futurist, scientist, engineer, architect, inventor, mathematician, philosopher, and mystic, you get a little hint as to who he was. I struggled with my dilemma for what seemed like eons. Ultimately, with his encouragement, I decided to dedicate my life to tackling the very problem I had so much trouble solving myself. I founded an organization dedicated to developing more effective ways to help people make career and education choices.
Since 1981, that organization, Rockport Institute (www.rockportinstitute.com), has been a pioneer in developing career coaching programs that successfully guide clients through the process of career decision making. These programs consist of clear-cut steps that help clients choose a specific career that will be highly satisfying, give them the opportunity to reach their goals, use their talents at the highest possible level, and be practical and achievable. From the beginning, we have been committed to developing the best tools to help people make the best decisions. Rockport Institute has helped many thousands of clients from all walks of life: young and old, rich and poor, scientists, professionals, executives in career change, artists, professional athletes, students, and people reentering the workforce. Our clients include people who have been fabulously successful and others who never reached their goals because of an ill-fitting career. We have had the opportunity to serve as personal career consultants to several national and global leaders, C-level executives of Fortune 500 companies, senior policy makers of four presidential administrations, and people in nearly every field of endeavor. Our clients have one thing in common: a strong desire for a very fulfilling career.
For the last thirty years, as director of Rockport Institute, my single-minded passion has been to help intelligent, complex people like you live remarkable lives that are self-expressed and satisfying by stretching themselves beyond their everyday circumstances and the perceived limitations that hold them back. I have written this book to duplicate, as closely as possible, the experience you would have if we were to sit together in the same room and work step-by-step until you reach your goal: knowing for sure what you will do with your life—or, at least, this part of it. In these pages, you will find a pathway through the process of deciding what to do with your life that can actually get you to (or closer to) the goal line. For the first time, you will have access to most of what you need to reach your goal of picking an outrageously excellent new direction, choosing your first career, or tuning up your present path. By looking from new perspectives at the questions you have previously been unable to answer, you will finally have a chance to sort them out.
You will also have an opportunity to look into areas of your life you may have never considered before. You will find some of these components absolutely critical to making the best possible career decision. The Pathfinder will help you break everything important down into small, bite-size pieces and deal with them one by one. Far from offering a generic, cookie-cutter approach, this book will enable you to customize your journey through the morass of questions and uncertainties to fit your own particular needs.
I will completely respect and appreciate you and your unique nature. At the same time, I won’t pull punches or be too polite to give it to you straight. I don’t mind at all if you jump up and down and curse me when you get frustrated. After all, I’m just a book.
The Pathfinder will help you examine every aspect of your life that relates to career. Designed to be a universal guide, it should work for you regardless of your age, background, education, point of view, and experience. If you are a recently deposed emperor, you won’t be treated like a teenager. And if you are a teenager, don’t worry, you won’t be treated like a deposed emperor. Rather than just discussing theoretical ideals about career fulfillment, The Pathfinder is designed to actually take you toward your goal of deciding exactly what you will do with your life.
Using this book as your guide may take you all the way to your goal of designing a career that is both perfect for you and practical. It has guided many thousands of intelligent, committed people all the way to having 100 percent certainty about what they will do with their lives. Others make it most of the way or partway to that goal, but need time, experience, professional coaching, or something else to cross the finish line. The Rockport Career Design Method you will use throughout this book helps you answer the question “What am I sure will be the important components of my work?” The most powerful way to design your career is to become sure about the answers to questions such as “How will I make best use of my natural talents and personality?” “What workplace environment will support my best effort?” “How important is it to do something that personally matters to me, and what specifically will that be?” Asking and answering those big questions about your future build islands of certainty that move your career design project forward. Becoming absolutely sure about one piece of the puzzle makes it easier to sort out the other pieces.
The difficulties you may have faced, the times you have gotten stuck, and the less than perfect decisions you may have made previously do not signify that there is something wrong with you or that the world of work must be a hard, dark, cold, dreary place. If you want to do something with your life that really sings and soars, all you need to do is to start your journey here. No matter what your situation, you can do it if you go for it wholeheartedly and keep going until you arrive at your destination. But remember, this book can’t do it for you. Only you can make the choices that build your future work, piece by piece.
Decide How You Are Going to Keep Track of Everything
Before you start this career design process, please decide what format you will use to keep notes and do inquiries. If you are 100 percent digital, create a folder or whatever works for you to organize this project. If not, get a good notebook. An old-fashioned three-ring binder would be perfect. In any event, don’t use your head to store your clues, insights, decisions, and questions. Write them down. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004T4KREM
- Publisher : Touchstone; Revised edition (January 3, 2012)
- Publication date : January 3, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4881 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 450 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,231 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I did read a few of the negative reviews about this book but I don't agree with anything they said. When you read those reviews keep in mind that people perceive things from their own life experiences, from the lens of their own personal issues and their own personality. Just because someone says it is a terrible book does not mean it really is a terrible book. It only means that that person sees it that way. So while I cannot guarantee that YOU will agree with my assessment of the book (a 5 star book) instead of with those who rate it one star, I am saying that from my "life experience" as a college career counselor who spent thousands of hours over almost 30 years, striving to find the best materials for my students to help them find the right career for themselves, that this the best book I have found. It is comprehensive, it is jam packed with dozens of tools and exercises, it is easy to understand and everything is well-explained, and the author writes as though he is speaking to you personally to guide you and instill confidence that you can find your right career path. There are several other excellent career exploration books out there (and I own them, too), and The Pathfinder must be included in this short list of the best.
I'm talking about opportunity cost. College debt. Low-paying entry-level or dead-end jobs. Yellow pages (ok, internet) guesswork. Sketchy advices. High stress, low satisfaction. Poor health and quality of life. A checkered résumé. No horizon. All these costs can add up to overwhelm you (like me), but it needn't be that way.
I first read The Pathfinder over 20 years ago. Its methods made sense to the younger me, and by testing with Rockport Institute i gained hard data about myself that complemented the inquiries in the book. But I tried to DIY the process and failed to follow through. I spent decades in wrong jobs even while Pathfinder advices spoke in the back of my mind.
I spent money on several false starts in school, and lost wages working jobs I hated–usually starting over again each time. I read books that fell flat (Parachute) or just confirmed the feeling that I was lost (Do What You Are). Online tests (Holland, Strong, etc) all gave me pieces for a fee but never helped me complete the puzzle. I was unconsciously comparing all these ideas to the framework of The Pathfinder and its simple premise: that I can design a life and life's work that I love.
So, having tried unsuccessfully to make my own way, I bought a new copy of The Pathfinder's latest edition. What a rediscovery!
All-new materials illustrate dozens of self-administered inquiries and tools, and new breakthrough language talks readers through the process step-by-step. Way beyond a rehash of personality assessments and goal lists, the 2nd Edition of The Pathfinder makes sense of each career puzzle piece. It shows readers how to get past stumbling blocks, how to market the new you in ways that many find impossible to realize alone. Finally, here is a book to embrace with confidence!
Be forewarned: those who want easy answers won't find them, while those who do the work that matters will make breakthroughs. If younger me lost time and money DIY, save yourself all that and buy The Pathfinder.
I'm still reading and applying what this coach-in-a-book has to offer, working a new career path, and feeling progress. You can, too!
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I was not happy with my career and life so I did some research and found this book. I took some time of work and put time and effort into it and it paid off. I would suggest you buy a notebook and dedicate it to this book and your career research only.
The book is filled with questions to help lead you to the right answer BUT it requires your full attention and complete honesty! Even if you try to burgs things off and go back to your settled way of thinking, questions that make you uncomfortable will come up again and again in different forms until you answer truthfully and choose only the building blocks you really want in your career. We spend way too much time at work to be unhappy with our careers. It's definitely worth the effort. Try it!
I feel like I was the victim of the positive reviews.
The content was lacking and a dull read. I found more information in 1 hour ,using a search engine .
Id say avoid , or borrow it from the library to save yourself some money.
Disappointed , Martin