2012 Gift Guide: Radical Careering by Sally Hogshead

Radical Careering by Sally Hogshead

Some books offer a careful presentation of facts and figures leading up to the dramatic conclusions of the final chapters. Others are the literary equivalent of “A Whack on the Side of the Head,” to quote author, Roger van Oech. Radical Careering: 100 truths to jumpstart your job, your career and your life falls firmly into the latter camp. It is a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stale atmosphere of career books.

People who have been “there and back again” are often the best source of frank and useful information, and author, Sally Hogshead has delivered the wealth of her experience in a straightforward and extremely useful fashion.

Radical Careering is divided into “100 truths”, each 1-2 small pages in length. While some might take issue with the “truth” of each item, I found myself nodding in agreement on almost every page. Hogshead has distilled the essence of each topic down to small, useful nuggets that really jumpstart your thinking.

This is not a book of exercises, prescriptions and marching orders. This is a collection of career “koans” — stories and questions that spur, if not require, further thought. Several times as I was reading, I would catch myself staring off into space, lost in thought, the book open in my lap.

I was very interested in absorbing this book as a whole, so I read it very traditionally, front to back. That said, the book works equally as well as a sort of career “magic 8-ball”, spurring your thinking whenever you need a boost. Simply open a page at random and begin.

Of all the “truths”, some spoke to me more loudly than others. At the top of the list was this one, “Being in a crap job isn’t your fault. Staying in a crap job is.” You can’t be any clearer, or more truthful than that and I wholeheartedly agree. Others include “Own your career or it will own you.,” “Don’t work for someone you don’t respect,” and “Power is the option to say no!”

Whatever your career, Radical Careering provides a welcome “kick in the seat of the pants” and might help you take your career to the next level. Read it in one sitting or return to it again and again. Either way you will enjoy it and your career will benefit.

For more information on Radical Careering, visit the original web site at radicalcareering.com or Sally’s new site at SallyHogshead.com.


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  2. Bulb Planting Tools
  3. Blue Snowball Microphone
  4. Seagate Backup Plus 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
  5. Logitech C920 HD Web Cam
  6. We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
  7. Sunset Western Garden Book – New Edition for 2012
  8. The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
  9. Garden Mysteries by Anthony Eglin
  10. The Creative Habit/The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp
  11. Moleskeine Journals
  12. Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening (3rd Edition): Month by Month
  13. Podcasting for Dummies/Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies
  14. Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet


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