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Jocelyn K. Glei

Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career

4.1 (85 ratings)
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Maximize Your Potential by Jocelyn K. Glei is a career development book that gives actionable advice on how to build a fulfilling and successful career. The book offers insights and tools for identifying your strengths, finding your niche, and becoming a valuable asset to your organization.

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    To find your dream job, focus on the lifestyle you want and the skills you have.

    Do you wonder how some people simply seem to find the job they love doing? You might think it’ll happen to you, too, as long as you stay true to your passion and let it guide you.

    That might sound nice, but it’s a bit off the mark. When people really find happiness at work it often has less to do with what the job entails and more about the culture and lifestyle of the job.

    For instance, Bill McKibben loves his job as an environmental journalist. But this happiness doesn’t come from a passion for writing or a devotion to environmental issues. Rather, McKibben is happy about the control he has in deciding when and where he works. He also likes that his writing has a positive impact on the world.

    In his case, journalism was just one of many options that could have allowed him to meet these conditions for happiness.

    McKibben’s career also reveals how skill is more important than passion in helping you reach your career goals. After all, passion won’t get you very far if you don’t have the skills to back it up.

    McKibben wasn’t a highly skilled journalist when he was an undergrad, writing his first articles for the Harvard Crimson newspaper. It took a lot of practice and tenacity – and over 400 articles! – before he was skilled enough to work for The New Yorker.

    But he didn’t stop there. He kept honing his skills, until he finally felt confident enough to be his own boss. Only then did he quit his job and retreat to a cabin in upstate New York to write his first book.

    So, ultimately, McKibben got to where he wanted to be through hard work and focusing on his craft.

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    What is Maximize Your Potential about?

    Maximize Your Potential (2013) is about making the most of your skills, talents and ambition. It offers action-oriented tips and tools that will help you execute your ideas and create an amazing career. Discover the traits and mind-sets of the most productive people and how to unlock your maximum potential.

    Who should read Maximize Your Potential?

    • Entrepreneurs and company owners
    • Career-minded individuals
    • Creative professionals of all kinds

    About the Author

    Jocelyn K. Glei lives in Los Angeles and specializes in helping others get the most out of life, both professionally and personally. As a modern productivity expert, she is especially obsessed with finding ways of remaining creative amid today’s many distractions. Her other best-selling books include Manage Your Day-to-Day and Unsubscribe.

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