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If you feel stuck in your career you should read The Start-up of You

March 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

If you feel stuck in your career, you should read The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career.

This book is not perfect. In fact a large portion of the book is pure propaganda for Linked since one of the authors founded LinkedIn.

However, there are a couple of big ideas from this book that I really like.

The first idea is the notion of “pivot”. If your current job or career is not working, you should look to way to pivot your career just like the way a start-up business pivot from one business model to another.

The second idea is the notion of “A, B, Z” career management. The basic idea is that you should have 3 plans: plan A, Plan B, and Plan Z. Plan A is your current job. Plan B is where you want to pivot to. Plan Z is your back-up plan in case your pivot doesn’t work out.

A few years ago when I was about to graduate from business school I came up with the notion of “three anchor points” for my career. And that’s exactly what “A, B, Z” is about.

You need to have a plan for what you’re doing now, a plan for your next job or career, and you need to have a back-up/contingency plan.  This idea is common sense, but I think it’s something that every career minded person should spend some time to think through.

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