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Simone Stolzoff

Reclaiming Life from Work

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The Good Enough Job by Simone Stolzoff challenges the idea of finding the perfect career and instead advocates for embracing a job that provides fulfillment and work-life balance.

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    The recipe for burnout calls for misplaced self-worth

    Indian-American chef Dhivya Singh knows a thing or two about burnout traps and self-worth. 

    As a culinary intern at The Restaurant, Dhivya saw potential in her responsibility to create innovative dairy-free dishes. Her talent led to tear-filled customer appreciation and a successful business proposal to the establishment’s head chef, Stephen Fischer. From here, Prameer was born: a line of dairy-free products co-owned by Divya and Fischer. 

    Under Fischer's mentorship, Divya quickly rose to recognition – even landing on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. But as the business scaled, things got tense. Investor debates, hiring squabbles, and a final dispute over a new product line led to Dhivya leaving Prameer’s operations.

    But instead of buckling under Fischer’s negative response to her decision, Dhivya chose to take time off. She traveled to Thailand for six weeks, reconnected with her hobbies, and engaged in outdoor and cooking activities. This detour allowed her to manage her mental health.

    When she returned to the culinary scene, Dhivya faced another shock: Fischer had diluted her 50 percent ownership in Prameer. A lengthy legal battle ensued – and when Dhivya got her shares back, she finally left Prameer behind for good.

    Today, Dhivya happily lives in a cooperative household in Portland and runs a successful food company while also making time for other interests. Through her experience, she understands the value of setting boundaries, recognizing her worth, and maintaining a healthy balance between work and personal life. 

    So when the going gets tough, don’t be afraid to step back and reassess your priorities. If Dhivya hadn't decided to hit pause on her high-stress career, she might not be enjoying the fulfilling life she leads today.

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    What is The Good Enough Job about?

    The Good Enough Job (2023) is a radical guide to reclaiming your life beyond the corporate walls. Through a series of anecdotes and actionable advice, you’ll learn to break free from burnout and find true work-life balance. 

    The Good Enough Job Review

    The Good Enough Job by Simone Stolzoff is a book that explores the modern work landscape and offers valuable insights for those seeking to find fulfillment in their careers. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides practical strategies for navigating the complexities of the job market, helping readers make informed decisions about their career paths.
    • Packed with real-life stories and interviews, the book offers a relatable perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by professionals today.
    • By challenging traditional notions of success, The Good Enough Job encourages readers to redefine their career goals and find satisfaction in their work, making it a thought-provoking and empowering read.

    Who should read The Good Enough Job?

    • Recovering workaholics
    • People healing from burnout spells
    • Anyone fighting against pointless corporate restraints

    About the Author

    Simone Stolzoff is a seasoned writer and journalist with a passion for exploring the intersection of culture, work, and personal well-being. Her articles on topics ranging from work-life balance to organizational dynamics have been featured in prominent publications like the New York Times and Forbes.

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    The main message of The Good Enough Job is finding fulfillment and balance in your professional life.

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    The Good Enough Job offers valuable insights for those seeking satisfaction in their careers. It's definitely worth reading.

    Who is the author of The Good Enough Job?

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