No Fears, No Excuses; What you need to do to have a great career
You know what? I’ve officially decided – I’m a self-help book junkie. So, for my husbands birthday I got him a self-help book. One that I knew would be relevant to him, one I knew he should definitely read, one that I knew he probably wouldn’t read, but I would!
No Fears No Excuses; What You Need to do to Have a Great Career is written by Larry Smith. He is a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo in Canada and he also did a famous TEDx talk that went viral and was watched by millions.
The TEDx talk was titled “Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career” Catchy and uplifting!
Things tend to go viral if they resonate with people.
No Fears No Excuses covers the topic of careers and how to find not just a good job, but your dream job.
What is stopping you from having a great career?
Larry Smith says it’s probably you..This book is great if you’re having a mid life crisis or if you’re a young adult on the cusp of choosing a career.
No Fears, No Excuses explores ways and means of discovering what it is that gets you going, what puts fire in your belly and what gets you leaping out of bed in the morning.
To me, as a young kid the worst question on the planet was
“So, what do you want to do young lady, what are you going to be when you grow up?”
In my head, of course, my first response was to tell whoever it was to “fuck off” and as a teenager I’m sure I wasn’t alone in this feeling.
However, what gets me, is when grown ups don’t listen. I’m mean truly take the time to understand what makes a kid tick.
Sod school, sod grades…they may get you in the door and land you a good job but if that job isn’t something that turns you on then you’re on a path to a lifetime of boredom and regret.
Let’s be clear, dream jobs don’t just land in your lap; hard work and dedication is essential. Even finding your passion is hard work. Unless you’re super focused on something as a child you can easily drift for months, years, even decades, not knowing what your passion is, let alone find your dream job and have a great career.
Reality, is of course, a hard kick in the teeth.
When you have bills to pay and holidays to book, a job is a job. And lots of us have been there, in a soulless job that drains the life out of you and has you bored out of your brain. But, it pays the bills.
No Fears No Excuses says it doesn’t have to be that way – the book will guide you towards a happier more fulfilled career.
I think jobs should been seen just like boyfriends.
Could you even imagine for one moment that you would start going out with someone at the age of 18 or 21 and then stay with them forever? That shit is rare. It just doesn’t happen that often.
So why then, are people expected to pick a career path at that age and stick to it forever?
When I talk to my teenagers about jobs and choosing a career path, I always ask “if you had to pick something that you would do just for the next few years, what would it be?”
Encourage baby steps…stepping stones – I think children get freaked out by the word career because they think it’s forever.
For me, the focus needs to be on passion and reading between the lines.
As a child I watched a lot (and I mean a lot, a lot) of films. I was very well known in my local video shop (back in the days of VHS) and I spent all my spare pocket money on renting films (and buying sweets). My father thought this was terrible. An awful waste of my time. Why wasn’t I outside talking to people? Or doing my homework?
I knew all the actors, all the directors, the film release dates and I would wait with baited breath for Monday to come around because that was movie release day in my local video shop. The owner would even hold back the new releases knowing I would be coming in.
When I was about 17 one of my dads friends asked me what I wanted to do when I was older. I smiled and said “I’d like to own my own video shop”. I was mortified when the entire table started to laugh at me. They thought I was joking, and so I smiled and we moved swiftly on.
That experience (whilst not overly scarring) has made me more aware when talking to young adults about what they want.
As kids, they can’t necessarily see a career path in their passions, as grown ups it’s up to us to explore the possibilities with them.
One of my daughters has the same passion for film and TV and I have spent a lot of time talking to her about her options in the film industry; production, writing, editing, casting, acting. The options are endless.
In the book No Fears No Excuses, Larry Smith shows why people so often get stuck on the wrong path, he then takes you step by step from that initial point when you are considering your options, to the moment when you pitch for your perfect job – showing you exactly what decisions you need to make.
I highly recommend this book if you’re thinking of a career change, if you have teenagers choosing options or you have just left uni and have no clue what to do next.
Best of luck, Livvy
PS – You can pick up the book on Amazon for £10. And, if you’re feeling nervous about making a career change then definitely read You’re A Badass by Jen Sincero. This will get you fired up for big change.