Robert Steven Kaplan's What You're Really Meant to Do: A road map for reaching your unique potential gives advice on how to focus career aspirations and make them a reality. He advises viewing your career as a path with multiple stops along the way. Using narratives to illustrate his points, he encourages job seekers to take ownership of their own path. The act of taking responsibility for one's actions seems reasonable when deciding which direction you want your career to go, and Kaplan pushes the idea that in order to be true to your convictions you must first understand yourself. He's not advising therapy, just reflection. He asks you to consider:
- What is your life story? What are your values, aspirations, boundaries?
- Dream about where you see yourself in the future. What relationships are most important? What is your leadership purpose?
Once you understand yourself, you can step back and assess your strengths and weaknesses objectively. In successive steps, Kaplan offers a practical process for getting ahead in the job market:
- Consider your successes and failures
- Do you have the top 3 capabilities for your dream job?
- What must you do to improve?
- Create a list of people skills and transferable skills
In his book, Kaplan's clear-cut headings make it obvious how to outline goals. However, the text's organization isn't what makes it a worthwhile read. His practical advice is already lurking inside your head. Subconsciously, you know you should get around to these steps. Kaplan gives you the motivation to get up and jump start your career.
Visit the nonfiction section of Towson Library to check out this book.