Thursday, August 31, 2017

Your No Fear Career Book Review

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by the publisher of Your No Fear Career* and asked if I was interested in receiving a review copy of the book. I was immediately interested as I'm always in the process of redefining my career - a patchwork of college teaching, doing research, and writing. I was also interested because I used to be a regular contributor to my husband's career blog, Career Action Now.

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Your No Fear Career is written by Robin Fisher Roffer, who is a brand strategist and has worked with brands such as A&E, AMC, CNN, Discovery, Food Network, and many more. As the title of the book suggests, Robin encourages readers throughout the book not to be paralyzed by fear but to reach for their full potential.

The book is divided into very short chapters, which Robin compares to blog posts. The short chapters really make reading the book enjoyable. I read the book during a very busy time, but I was able to reach for it whenever I had a few minutes. The short chapters also make going back to a section you want to delve into deeper very easy.

The author reminds readers throughout the book that everyone has an inner voice and that that voice is usually right. We should follow it before we are persuaded not to follow it by overthinking and fear.

Robin also points out the importance of identifying one's core values - a concept central to career planning - and uses her own example to illustrate how following her core values has improved her life tremendously. In fact, what makes the book so enjoyable and easy to read are the many anecdotes and stories that Robin uses to illustrate her points.

A very helpful feature of the book are the "Self Minute" sections that are included in each chapter. Each section is a sort of mini assignment that makes readers think about their own life and has them answer questions or consider information provided. Everyone can take this section as far as they want. Some I skimmed through while other sections really got me thinking. The questions are meaty enough to take some time with and answer in several paragraphs or more.

Overall, Your No Fear Career is an enjoyable and very useful book that makes readers look at their life, their values, and their careers and helps them identify what's important to them and how they can move in a direction that's right for them.

Questions: Have you ever identified your core values? What are they? When was the last time you thought about which direction your career was going? Is there anything you would like to change? If so, what, if anything, are you doing to change things? Is fear ever a factor that prevents you from pursuing what you want to pursue - career or otherwise? 

Be well,

*Disclosure: As stated above, I received a free review copy of the Your No Fear Career. As always, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, and will benefit from purchases made through links in this post.