Book 29 of 52: What’s Next? Create Your Dream Job With a Plan B by Dr. Michael B.Grossman

During my recent six-month goal review I was disappointed with my lack of progress in some important areas. It seems that there are limits to what my sub-conscious is capable of achieving if left to its own devices. One of my important goals was to create a stream of passive income, and as I move into the next phase of my life – which happens to be moving in with my girlfriend – this goal needed some love and attention. So with my attention turned, I created a mind map and started to write about it in my Thinking Journal each night, including holding meditative prayer.

Then one day I received a series of spam e-mails all containing the name Ryan Deiss. Everyone was jumping on the same affiliate bandwagon and so I thought I would check him out. I watched his video, liked what I heard and decided to purchase his EBook training package. In the next few weeks I intend to release my first EBook and it will focus on changing careers. As part of the training, Deiss suggests an initial research phase, which includes reading at least three-books on the same topic you have deciding to focus on, and this is why I downloaded this book.

So what do I think about it?

I boarded the 11:45 train from London Paddington to Swansea, and by the time I had arrived in Cardiff – at 14:51 – I had read the book. In between this time I had even dozed off and had forty-winks, so War and Peace this book is not. I have sat here wondering if the book possesses the power to not only help you overcome the fear and leave your job, but also equip you with the necessary skills to create – or find – a new one, and unfortunately I am not sure that it does?

The book follows the stories of a few people who are in the midst of a change of career. Initially, I was excited about this, as it reminded me of the genre that spawned the great book The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt. Unfortunately, my excitement soon waned as the stories failed to inspire me. It was written in a very non-descript matter-of-fact way, and didn’t contain the passion and depth of realism I was looking for. Maybe this is the sense of power that eluded me?

The highlight of the book is the explanation of the STEP programme, an acronym for Strengths, Technical Skills, Expectations and Possibilities. The STEP programme was a tool the author used to help you make the transition from your current reality to your vision of the future. It helps you empty your head onto paper as you write down what it is you have done in the past that has been successful, what you are passionate about, what you want to accomplish and what your present-day expectations are.

Given the length of the book and the quality of the read, I believe the price tag of £6.41 is way over the top. If you hate your job and want help to leave and create a new one, then hold on a few more days: maybe I can find a better offering than this.

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