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8 Overall

9 Applicability

7 Innovation

8 Style


“Follow your passion” may be the most banal advice job seekers receive, but many people heed it to their detriment. Unfortunately, chasing your passion turns out not to be relevant to most jobs, though other strong motivations may prevail. Another common delusion is that you can achieve anything – including career success – with willpower. Regrettably, that’s not how things usually work. Willpower is a circumscribed resource that can fade quickly. So what does work? Editor Jocelyn K. Glei gathers a range of astute, practical and relevant career-development articles by respected experts who address a broad range of methods and tactics. They offer multiple productive, realistic paths to career satisfaction and success. getAbstract recommends Glei’s thoughtful compilation of career-enhancement insights, suggestions and guidance to anyone seeking a new, effective approach to job satisfaction and career advancement.  

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why ”follow your passion” terrible career advice and “build your skills” is sound counsel;
  • Why your specific job may have little impact on your happiness; and
  • How to attain the “Better You” and reach your “believable possible.”  

About the Authors

Founding director of the 99U Conference and editor of – which earned two Webby Awards for best cultural blog – editor Jocelyn K. Glei specializes in the role of creativity and meaning in daily work.



Redefining What Work Means Today

If you are ambitious, think of yourself as a “free radical,” someone who wants and expects to manage his or her own career. As a free radical, you’re resilient. You have genuine power. You’re flexible. You rely completely on yourself. You dislike old boy networks, bureaucracy and fusty business practices. You do your best to work around archaic, confining strictures. 

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