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How to Have a Great Career

Find Your Passion, Achieve Your Goals, Love What You Do

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


Over the past three decades, professor Larry Smith has become something of a “career whisperer” for his students at the University of Waterloo. Each year, millions of talented college and university students graduate with little or no real sense of what their next step will be, yet they are determined not to settle for so-so careers; they are looking for great careers. Smith points out that only a few fortunate souls are born knowing exactly what they want to pursue in life. The rest of us have to stop making excuses and start asking ourselves tough questions about achieving our goals.

In his straightforward, no-nonsense approach, Smith itemizes and dismisses all the usual excuses, fears and worries that people hide behind when trying to find their true direction. His unusual take on this challenging conundrum is both universal and timely, and his stunning TEDx talk on this subject has been viewed by more than six million people so far.

This is the perfect book for all college graduate who are wondering where they fit into the world, or for mid-career men and women who find themselves heading down the wrong path. It won't necessarily be easy, but if you follow Smith’s guidance, your career dreams can indeed come true.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 29, 2016 – Smith, a consultant and adjunct professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, believes that everyone can feel a sense of passion about work. He uses the book as a platform to address the many questions that have arisen from his much-watched TEDx video, "Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career." His advice, distilled from around 30,000 career statements collected through the years, centers on discovering one's passion. This can be difficult, but Smith offers up a series of steps to help, such as recognizing the distinction between passions and interests and initiating the "great sampling" a process that includes reading widely, talking with people with varied interests, and thinking rigorously. Smith also shows how to draw up a career plan, prepare for the job market, and "sell yourself by selling your ideas." He concludes with a transformative section on confronting the titular fears and excuses that is challenging and highly valuable. Smith convincingly shows how individuals of any age and in any industry can chart a course to a great career by drawing on prior success stories.

Customer Reviews

Creating a GREAT career.

I have taught senior business courses in Canadian high schools for 26 years and totally connected with this book. An essential read for those motivated to explore career choices, at any age. Larry Smith draws on his 23,000+ interviews with university students to cover the key issues. Read the free teaser and get hooked.

How to Have a Great Career
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Careers
  • Published: Apr 19, 2016
  • Publisher: Collins
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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