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Check It Out: Advice abounds for changing careers

November 08, 2012|By Kelly Atherton | By Kelly Atherton

Second careers are quite a common occurrence in today's world of work. They give many an opportunity to realize their true potential and explore interests at a time of greater self-knowledge and maturity. Many times what someone chooses as their profession at 22 isn't exactly what they would choose five, 10 or 15 years later. Time goes on, people change and new interests develop.

If you are questioning your career choice, or just testing the waters and thinking of trying something new, be sure to check out these resources from the Newport Beach Public Library. They all offer strong advice on how to take that initial leap while gently reminding you that it's never too late to follow your heart and delve into a new and exciting career opportunity.

Business psychologist Timothy Butler guides readers toward life transformation in "Getting Unstuck: How Dead Ends Become New Paths." He offers strategies for awakening the imagination and looking deeply within oneself to discover how to take action toward redefining life and career goals. This book offers practical approaches for getting unstuck through the use of exercises that can be used to develop a new life vision.

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"The Start Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform your Career," by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, gives a detailed account on the competitive realities of today's current job market while offering practical tools to navigate successfully. Through firsthand experience in his work as LinkedIn co-founder and chairman, Hoffman gives readers advice on how to manage careers just as anyone would manage any type of start-up business. He stresses the importance of building networks, taking intelligent risks, and embracing the unknown; all vital in making progress toward self-actualization and career fulfillment.

Sometimes all it takes to realize a dream is the power of positive thinking. "Second Acts: Creating the Life you Really Want, Building the Career you Truly Desire," by life coach and financial advisor Stephen M. Pollan and Mark Levine, helps readers explore those self-imposed barriers that many create as an obstacle to true fulfillment or success. Readers are guided through the process of revaluating one's own thoughts, sometimes self-defeating in nature, in order to adjust thinking toward more positive self-empowerment.

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