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I had to work at big companies and small companies. I had to get hired and fired several times. I had to find my dream job, then walk away from it. But after all that, I can now say the following with absolute certainty:
You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you've had it since day one.
Starting on the first day you got paid to scoop ice cream or restock shelves, you've had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. You already have each of those, to one degree or another.
Now it's time to amplify them and apply them in a new way, creating a Career Savings Account(TM). This unique approach will give you the power to call a Do Over--whether you're twenty-two, forty-two, or sixty-two. You'll have the resources to reinvent your work and get unstuck. You'll even rescue your Mondays as you discover how to work toward the job you've always wanted
Just as a bank account protects you during a financial crunch, a Career Savings Account(TM) protects you during a career crunch. You need a CSA because you'll eventually face at least one of these major transitions:- You will hit a Career Ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself.
- You will experience a Career Bump and unexpectedly lose your job, requiring strong relationships to survive.
- You will make a Career Jump to a new role, requiring solid character to push through uncertainty and chaos.
- You will get a surprise Career Opportunity, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it.
It took me sixteen years to figure out how to call a Do Over on my career. Please don't wait sixteen more seconds before starting yours.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-23
- Reviewer: Staff
In this lively business manual, Acuff (Start) sets readers on the path to “intentionally building a career” using a tool kit he calls the Career Savings Account (CSA). Aimed at helping readers navigate and capitalize on career changes (planned or unplanned), the CSA comprises four components: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. According to Acuff, many people already possess some of the components, but few have the entire package. Delving deeply into what he means by “relationships,” Acuff helps readers identify people both close and distant who can aid in attaining career goals. Perhaps most usefully, he groups the relationships formed over the course of a career into three basic categories: friend, advocate, and foe. Acuff also tackles the importance of mastering your skills, stressing the importance of skills that may be “invisible” to you. As for character and hustle, he connects these qualities to the respective virtues of being “present” and “flexible with your dream.” Brimming over with sound, practical advice, this book will benefit individuals looking to take charge of their careers at any stage. Agent: Curtis Yates, Yates & Yates. (Apr.)