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Your career will almost certainly not be a straight, uphill climb within a single company, according to author Eileen Gunn. Extreme sports are about personal expression, enjoying an exciting experience and developing a reputation for spectacular feats. An extreme career is about the same things. Orientated to Gen Xers and Gen Yers, the book describes a career trajectory that is more like jumping from peak to peak than like steady mountain climbing, as varying peaks and valleys bespeak dramatic career changes. getAbstract finds value in the message that you can have an extreme career, if you wish, and in the instructions for how to hit the peaks. You can learn how to grab big air for your career and make more of every day of your life.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why today's careers are more fragmented;
  • How lessons from extreme sports apply to building a great career;
  • Why passion is vital in an extreme career; and
  • How to move on to another opportunity or go out on your own.

About the Author

Eileen P. Gunn has written for many business publications, including Fortune, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Since 1999 she has been writing, developing a career as a speaker and volcano climbing in Bali.



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