Fearless and Free

How Smart Women Pivot--and Relaunch Their Careers

 Fearless and Free

Author: Wendy Sachs
Pub Date: February 2017
Print Edition: $23.00
Print ISBN: 9780814437698
Page Count: 240
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814437704

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We’ve seen the job market change radically these past few years. Career success today requires an action-first, “fake it ’til you make it” ethos, like we see in hot startups. “Think like an entrepreneur” we’re told. Take bold risks. Seize opportunities. Change course quickly. . . . But the celebrated startup model of disruption that feeds on failing fast and pivoting is not a typically female one. Women tend to be cautious. We overthink our next moves, get paralyzed by fear—and simply don’t act. We might be safer, but we’re also stuck.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could be fearless, confident, and always on the cusp of grabbing new opportunities? What if there were a formula to make us feel brave and badass—the ultimate boss of our careers?

In Fearless and Free Wendy Sachs reveals the issues and self-imposed barriers that hold women back: from perfectionism to fear of failure to using power-draining words like “Sorry.” To break free, she turned to the startup model of Silicon Valley, the motherland of innovation, with its confident, agile, “fail fast, fail often” culture—and she discovered their formula: patterns, themes, and secrets for success. Sharing those lessons in this book, Sachs empowers us to be fearless and flexible—to pivot or totally relaunch our careers.

Sachs talked to a diverse group of women who did just that. Spanning industries and ages, they faced down fears, roadblocks, and failures to relaunch themselves. And in this inspiring and practical book, she weaves together their insights and experiences with current research and concrete advice. Sachs discusses how to grow more confident, and take the small steps that lead to big steps that lead to change. You’ll learn how to:

• Grow comfortable with being uncomfortable

• Craft your narrative

• Brand yourself—without bragging

• Sell yourself online and in a resumé

• Create and nurture effective professional networks

• Engineer serendipity

• Shake off setbacks

• Compete with the digital natives

• Build momentum

• And pivot to a new career, even if you don’t feel 100% qualified.

Whether you want out of a shrinking industry or into a new job or business of your own, Fearless and Free will show you how you can shift your course, redefine your career, and unlock a rich new world of possibilities.

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