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Indispensable reading for anyone seeking to improve their professional selves. --Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When An essential guide for how to snap out of autopilot and become your own best advocate, with candid anecdotes and easy-to-adopt steps, from veteran HR specialist and popular podcast host Laurie Ruettimann Chances are you've spent the pa Indispensable reading for anyone seeking to improve their professional selves. --Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When An essential guide for how to snap out of autopilot and become your own best advocate, with candid anecdotes and easy-to-adopt steps, from veteran HR specialist and popular podcast host Laurie Ruettimann Chances are you've spent the past few months cooped up inside, buried under a relentless news cycle and work that never seems to switch off. Millions of us worldwide are overworked, exhausted, and trying our hardest--yet not getting the recognition we deserve. It's time for a fix. Top career coach and HR consultant Laurie Ruettimann knows firsthand that work can get a hell of a lot better. A decade ago, Ruettimann was uninspired, blaming others and herself for the unhappiness she felt. Until she had an epiphany: if she wanted a fulfilling existence, she couldn't sit around and wait for change. She had to be her own leader. She had to truly take ahold of life--the good, the bad, and the downright ugly--in order to transform her future. Today, as businesses prioritize their bottom line over employee satisfaction and workers become increasingly isolated, the need to safeguard your well-being is crucial. And though this sounds intimidating, it's easier to do than you think. Through tactical advice on how to approach work in a smart and healthy manner, which includes knowing when to sign off for the day, doubling down on our capacity to learn, fixing those finances, and beating impostor syndrome once and for all, Ruettimann lays out the framework necessary to champion your interests and create a life you actually enjoy. Packed with advice and stories of others who regained control of their lives, Betting on You is a game-changing must-read for how to radically improve your day-to-day, working more effectively and enthusiastically starting now.


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Indispensable reading for anyone seeking to improve their professional selves. --Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When An essential guide for how to snap out of autopilot and become your own best advocate, with candid anecdotes and easy-to-adopt steps, from veteran HR specialist and popular podcast host Laurie Ruettimann Chances are you've spent the pa Indispensable reading for anyone seeking to improve their professional selves. --Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When An essential guide for how to snap out of autopilot and become your own best advocate, with candid anecdotes and easy-to-adopt steps, from veteran HR specialist and popular podcast host Laurie Ruettimann Chances are you've spent the past few months cooped up inside, buried under a relentless news cycle and work that never seems to switch off. Millions of us worldwide are overworked, exhausted, and trying our hardest--yet not getting the recognition we deserve. It's time for a fix. Top career coach and HR consultant Laurie Ruettimann knows firsthand that work can get a hell of a lot better. A decade ago, Ruettimann was uninspired, blaming others and herself for the unhappiness she felt. Until she had an epiphany: if she wanted a fulfilling existence, she couldn't sit around and wait for change. She had to be her own leader. She had to truly take ahold of life--the good, the bad, and the downright ugly--in order to transform her future. Today, as businesses prioritize their bottom line over employee satisfaction and workers become increasingly isolated, the need to safeguard your well-being is crucial. And though this sounds intimidating, it's easier to do than you think. Through tactical advice on how to approach work in a smart and healthy manner, which includes knowing when to sign off for the day, doubling down on our capacity to learn, fixing those finances, and beating impostor syndrome once and for all, Ruettimann lays out the framework necessary to champion your interests and create a life you actually enjoy. Packed with advice and stories of others who regained control of their lives, Betting on You is a game-changing must-read for how to radically improve your day-to-day, working more effectively and enthusiastically starting now.

30 review for Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    My expectations weren't super high for this book. It's not very long and self-help books are often more hot air than content. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this one. A bit of backstory: I first encountered Laurie Ruettimann in a webinar series hosted by Jason Lauritsen. (He's referenced in the book). I started listening to Laurie's podcast and got on her mailing list (likely from the webinar). Laurie's newsletter led me to a webinar by Don McPherson because he was giving away c My expectations weren't super high for this book. It's not very long and self-help books are often more hot air than content. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this one. A bit of backstory: I first encountered Laurie Ruettimann in a webinar series hosted by Jason Lauritsen. (He's referenced in the book). I started listening to Laurie's podcast and got on her mailing list (likely from the webinar). Laurie's newsletter led me to a webinar by Don McPherson because he was giving away copies of her book to webinar attendees. He's also mentioned in the book, which he sent me, and now I listen to his podcast. It all feels rather circular... (maybe a little incestuous without the creepy-factor.) A whole little networked system, proof that it works. Back to the book. Laurie writes like she speaks, 100%. The structure, the words, the style, the intonation, all of it. I have to like the authenticity of her voice. It's hers. Natural or cultivated, this is what she presents to the world. For the most part, the book tells it like it is. There's not a lot of hot air blowing, she stays concise and on point. She generally doesn't oversell a magic formula ("YOU fix work by fixing YOUrself" emphasis mine). She re-iterates that theme all the time throughout the book, so her message can't be missed. The job search "advice" is probably the weakest part of the book, but really, it's going to vary by region, person, industry, and level, so it's difficult to be pragmatic and specific there. The book makes the reader feel like they're in control, because that's her point. Don't wait for someone else to make your life better. Be happier in ways you can control and that will bleed into everything. I think there's good truth there. The book is quick and very readable, with tangible examples throughout that are relatable, even if Laurie's (former) HR life is not.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lina

    Reading this book felt like hanging out and having real conversations about work with Laurie for the past few days. Filled with great advice and lots of wit and humor. I feel more empowered as I look to my own career and am looking forward to re-reading alongside some checklists and scheduled self improvement sessions. I plan to recommend this book to everyone most especially because Laurie gives Famous Amos cookies the recognition they deserve. 🤘🏽

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hughes

    “Betting on You” is a quick, easy, humorous read full of interesting stories and practical advice. One thing that jumped out at me is the book provides realistic advice you can implement right away. I walked away feeling good about the tips I was already doing - like having a side hustle that you feel passionate about and that makes you feel fulfilled (yay petsitting!) - and feeling confident I could follow the attainable steps provided by the author. After reading the book, I feel like I actual “Betting on You” is a quick, easy, humorous read full of interesting stories and practical advice. One thing that jumped out at me is the book provides realistic advice you can implement right away. I walked away feeling good about the tips I was already doing - like having a side hustle that you feel passionate about and that makes you feel fulfilled (yay petsitting!) - and feeling confident I could follow the attainable steps provided by the author. After reading the book, I feel like I actually know how to determine what the right career is for me and how to get there. Most self improvement and career advice books give you unattainable, emotion-based tips that are difficult to implement practically in the real world. “Betting on You” is exactly the opposite. What a refreshing change! This was such a great book! I highly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Wallace

    Book #4 out of 40 I fell in love with Laurie when I saw her speak at Inbound (a marketing conference that was all virtual this year). She’s snarky, outspoken, and intelligent. I preordered her book as soon as she mentioned she had a book. 5 things about this book: 1. Laurie does the Chapter+Podcast format that I enjoyed in David Goggins’ book Can’t Hurt Me. I love how it provides more conversational context to each Chapter. 2. As someone who’s constantly in a state of work/life imbalance, I really Book #4 out of 40 I fell in love with Laurie when I saw her speak at Inbound (a marketing conference that was all virtual this year). She’s snarky, outspoken, and intelligent. I preordered her book as soon as she mentioned she had a book. 5 things about this book: 1. Laurie does the Chapter+Podcast format that I enjoyed in David Goggins’ book Can’t Hurt Me. I love how it provides more conversational context to each Chapter. 2. As someone who’s constantly in a state of work/life imbalance, I really appreciated her practical, applicable advice. 3. Laurie is real, raw, and unapologetic. She owns her experiences good and bad. 4. Putting life/career in perspective. Leaving work at work and recognizing what really matters in life. (IE, don’t lose sleep over a typo in a report) 5. She promotes learning as a tactic for burnout. Learning new things gives me a boost when I’m feeling stagnant. I stole this line from her book website:
Packed with advice and stories of others who regained control of their lives, Betting on You is a game-changing must-read for how to radically improve your day-to-day, working more effectively and enthusiastically starting now. Says it all. #2021bookchallenge

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    My friend Laurie Ruettimann has written the best book of career advice since What Color Is your Parachute? started up the field in a big way. Her voice is honest and funny, her style is fast and authentic, and the advice is eye-opening. I wish I'd had it back in the day when I worked for other people. Maybe I wouldn't have started my own company! Anyway, this book covers how you get in the door, get in good with the top cheese, and get out before they slam the door on you. It's all marvelous adv My friend Laurie Ruettimann has written the best book of career advice since What Color Is your Parachute? started up the field in a big way. Her voice is honest and funny, her style is fast and authentic, and the advice is eye-opening. I wish I'd had it back in the day when I worked for other people. Maybe I wouldn't have started my own company! Anyway, this book covers how you get in the door, get in good with the top cheese, and get out before they slam the door on you. It's all marvelous advice, and if you are at a point in your career where you don't need it, then for heaven's sake buy it for someone who does!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    An interesting mix of lots of great anecdotes and some solid advice of making work work better for you.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Sams

    Wow. I needed these words! Laurie Ruettimann writes in her unique voice and empowers us to move forward in our careers and lives. I am going to re-read this one because there are so many good bits of information coming from her many years working in Human Resources. I’m so inspired to finally bet on myself and take control of my career. There’s no need to sit back and wait!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I loved this book, and I love Laurie Ruettimann. I stayed up too late to finish this awesome book because I wanted to immediately put the advice to use. While I've worked at the same employer for 25 years, I found myself giving guidance to others as well as being an advocate in the workplace. Ruettimann provides real world scenarios for the reader to use in their own situation. I recommend Betting on You to anyone who may be seeking a career change, looking for help in your current career path, I loved this book, and I love Laurie Ruettimann. I stayed up too late to finish this awesome book because I wanted to immediately put the advice to use. While I've worked at the same employer for 25 years, I found myself giving guidance to others as well as being an advocate in the workplace. Ruettimann provides real world scenarios for the reader to use in their own situation. I recommend Betting on You to anyone who may be seeking a career change, looking for help in your current career path, or wanting to help others.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Morris

    Reading this book was like having your no BS best friend lay out ways you could fix your own life after you told her about everything you were going through at work over a cocktail or three. It is full of actionable advice that you can put into play ASAP, which I really appreciated. I have been sending my work colleague screen shots of pertinent paragraphs for us to help keep each other accountable in setting better boundaries between home and work (Rona be damned!) and for us to take better car Reading this book was like having your no BS best friend lay out ways you could fix your own life after you told her about everything you were going through at work over a cocktail or three. It is full of actionable advice that you can put into play ASAP, which I really appreciated. I have been sending my work colleague screen shots of pertinent paragraphs for us to help keep each other accountable in setting better boundaries between home and work (Rona be damned!) and for us to take better care of ourselves physically and mentally, which has been a running theme for the past year. Definitely buying a few copies for my colleagues and mentee!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela L

    ❛ Everything you’ve ever wanted to hear from HR. ❜ - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Read This if You ♒︎ 💀 Need to quit your job 🙃 Are unhappy in the workplace 🏔 Like to read self-help 🌙 Need help finding your purpose 🖤 Can’t stand your boss 🌞 Have ever worked in a toxic workplace 😷 Lost your job ✨ Have ever complained to HR ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This one paragraph really sums up what Betting On You is: “Get physically and emotionally healthy. Pull yourself out of isolation and talk to someone - a colleague, a mentor, a therapist ❛ Everything you’ve ever wanted to hear from HR. ❜ - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Read This if You ♒︎ 💀 Need to quit your job 🙃 Are unhappy in the workplace 🏔 Like to read self-help 🌙 Need help finding your purpose 🖤 Can’t stand your boss 🌞 Have ever worked in a toxic workplace 😷 Lost your job ✨ Have ever complained to HR ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This one paragraph really sums up what Betting On You is: “Get physically and emotionally healthy. Pull yourself out of isolation and talk to someone - a colleague, a mentor, a therapist, or an employee assistance provider. Learn to bet on yourself. It’s hard to take risks, but the premortem is the most effective tool in your arsenal to predict and beat failure. Ask yourself how something will fail. Write it down. And craft a plan to overcome failure” - pg. 136-137, Laurie Ruettimann ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The main objective author Ruettimann conveys is that it’s YOU who needs to make the change in order to become happy with the “work” not the work itself. The author tells the reader to be their own HR and to truly not depend on anyone in your workplace to fulfill the emptiness you may be experiencing. If the job sucks your soul quit but only once you’ve set yourself up with something else. If work just pays the bills and it’s not your passion that’s perfectly fine. However, pursue something on the side. Whether that be reading, photography, hiking, or painting it doesn’t matter. Do something that gets you pumped about life. Find the thing that gets your blood boiling and do that on the side while you still work the job that allows you to maintain your lifestyle. Always try to expand the activities in your life and not just make work your life. Work is not the most important thing in life and it doesn’t have to define you. Working on yourself and prioritizing your own health & happiness is the most important thing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Highly recommend to young working professionals. Biggest thank you to @henryholtbooks for the copy. Betting On You is out now!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    This book raises some really good points about the need to be your own advocate and "your own HR department," because despite what the company may say, they aren't your family and at the end of the day, their bottom line will matter more to them than you do. So if you're stuck in a job you hate, know that you deserve more. The author gives good tips about how to look for a new job without jeopardizing your current one, about how to negotiate for severance when leaving your company, and other car This book raises some really good points about the need to be your own advocate and "your own HR department," because despite what the company may say, they aren't your family and at the end of the day, their bottom line will matter more to them than you do. So if you're stuck in a job you hate, know that you deserve more. The author gives good tips about how to look for a new job without jeopardizing your current one, about how to negotiate for severance when leaving your company, and other career transition topics. She also recommends making time for yourself, and for activities that benefit you and your passions, rather than your workplace. And for any job, she gives the really good advice to write down your purpose statement: "I do this job for [REASON]. This job gives me [BENEFIT]." It can be as simple as "I do this job to pay rent. This job gives me a home to live in." But the author also recommends thinking about your broader dreams and life goals, like "this job gives me financial security and savings. I do this job so I can buy a house someday." The point is that your work life should be good for you, and having that purpose statement can help you stay cantered in your current job or know if your job no longer meets your needs. A really good read, especially for people who may be contemplating the next steps in their careers. The author also narrates the audiobook, which makes it feel like a friendly coaching session. And I really like the podcast excerpts at the end of each chapter. CW that in one of the first few chapters, the author shares that her solution to her workplace burnout is going to Tijuana for surgery to get her stomach capacity reduced. She does contextualize it by saying that that's what happens to have worked for her, but doesn't mean she thinks weight loss surgery is the solution for everyone. But she does often equate having a sucky work life with being out of shape, which is her experience but isn't always the case.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John P

    Laurie has written a book that did not follow the same tired outline of “Here’s what happened - here’s my advice - here’s some people who followed my advice and now they’re good” like so many other business book authors (I’m looking at you Dale Carnegie and Malcom Gladwell). That was refreshing and made the material easy to read and advice easy to follow. Here’s the deal, there are several career help books out there and most of them are rehashed info that hasn’t changed since the Great Recessio Laurie has written a book that did not follow the same tired outline of “Here’s what happened - here’s my advice - here’s some people who followed my advice and now they’re good” like so many other business book authors (I’m looking at you Dale Carnegie and Malcom Gladwell). That was refreshing and made the material easy to read and advice easy to follow. Here’s the deal, there are several career help books out there and most of them are rehashed info that hasn’t changed since the Great Recession. This is not that book. Laurie’s put the onus on you the reader to fix your sh*t, and do it quickly. Then you’ll be on the right path to fix your career.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I picked this up on a whim from the new nonfiction book display at my library, and read it over 2 nights. Ruettimann, an HR professional, leans heavily on stories of herself and her friends to illustrate the stories and uses research to back her self up. It's a quick read, with good points about changing what you have the power to change. She also briefly mentions how the deck is definitely stacked against women, especially women of color, and minority groups. Thinking about what you can do in t I picked this up on a whim from the new nonfiction book display at my library, and read it over 2 nights. Ruettimann, an HR professional, leans heavily on stories of herself and her friends to illustrate the stories and uses research to back her self up. It's a quick read, with good points about changing what you have the power to change. She also briefly mentions how the deck is definitely stacked against women, especially women of color, and minority groups. Thinking about what you can do in the next 6 months resonated with me. Surprisingly for a book published in 2021 that mentions COVID-19 circumstances on the inside jacket it's surprisingly devoid of details on how to deal with all of this during a pandemic, that being said I think it's a good book to read now to prepare for the future.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robin EH.

    This book is filled with practical advice on improving your career. Since the author is a human resources professional, she does not give the "follow your bliss" advice that doesn't really help a lot of us who have obligations that make our jobs necessary (healthcare, mortgages, etc.). She's also very clear that leaving one bad job in desperation and just taking another one doesn't get you any further ahead. Overall a helpful read that I recommend for anyone not entirely sure of their career pat This book is filled with practical advice on improving your career. Since the author is a human resources professional, she does not give the "follow your bliss" advice that doesn't really help a lot of us who have obligations that make our jobs necessary (healthcare, mortgages, etc.). She's also very clear that leaving one bad job in desperation and just taking another one doesn't get you any further ahead. Overall a helpful read that I recommend for anyone not entirely sure of their career path. The only reason I didn't give this a 5 star rating is because at times I felt the thread was lost and there were rambling areas. Those issues could have been fixed with a better editor.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Rosendahl

    Laurie has been a strong voice challenging the HR industry to do better, to be better for sometime and now she is using her voice to challenge you to do better to be better and to do it for you. Don’t wait for HR, an organization, or anyone else to make things better for you. You’ve got to do this for yourself, you deserve it and Laurie will show you how.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Laws

    Laurie's book Betting on You is smart, funny, and packed with great stories and advice. Laurie got me to think critically about my career and life. I highly recommend this book to any working professional who wants more out of life. Laurie's book Betting on You is smart, funny, and packed with great stories and advice. Laurie got me to think critically about my career and life. I highly recommend this book to any working professional who wants more out of life.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Regina Breier

    Great advice and insights When the author shared with the HR Community that she was writing a book, I added it to my list immediately. This author has been a podcaster I have listened to and her insights are always spot on for me. What I got from this book was more than I expected. The content and the no-nonsense approach to fixing yourself before you can fix your work world is not only relevant today, but so needed in the current pandemic. Employees and employers alike need to understand that hu Great advice and insights When the author shared with the HR Community that she was writing a book, I added it to my list immediately. This author has been a podcaster I have listened to and her insights are always spot on for me. What I got from this book was more than I expected. The content and the no-nonsense approach to fixing yourself before you can fix your work world is not only relevant today, but so needed in the current pandemic. Employees and employers alike need to understand that humanity can help push businesses forward. The roles and rules of traditional HR need to be filed away and we must create environments where honesty, respect and a desire to be — wait for it — human are more important than policies, procedures and protocol. Laurie can always tell great stories, and the ones in this book will not disappoint. It is the lesson from the stories that are important to read, to digest and to implement if you feel work is broken. This book is one I wanted to read and didn’t know I needed to read until I finished it!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

    What a great book. A wonderful useful and helpful professional guide to help you rise in your career and the way you think about yourself. It's a shame this book wasn't available before I retired. I am sure my confidence would have being higher and I would have advanced further in my place of work. A must read if you are feeling stuck at work or in your career. This great author lays out how to find a job of your dreams by putting yourself first and taking control of your career. What a great book. A wonderful useful and helpful professional guide to help you rise in your career and the way you think about yourself. It's a shame this book wasn't available before I retired. I am sure my confidence would have being higher and I would have advanced further in my place of work. A must read if you are feeling stuck at work or in your career. This great author lays out how to find a job of your dreams by putting yourself first and taking control of your career.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I gotta be honest, I'm not the target audience for this book. I'm not working a job that sucks out my motivation or trying the best way to find a new career. However, I still think this book is perfect for me. As a girl about to go off to college, I recognize that soon I'll be jumping headfirst into today's job market. This book helped me prepare for 1. what to expect 2. what to look for and 3. what to do for myself. Knowing I have this book whenever I need it for that little reminder that my lif I gotta be honest, I'm not the target audience for this book. I'm not working a job that sucks out my motivation or trying the best way to find a new career. However, I still think this book is perfect for me. As a girl about to go off to college, I recognize that soon I'll be jumping headfirst into today's job market. This book helped me prepare for 1. what to expect 2. what to look for and 3. what to do for myself. Knowing I have this book whenever I need it for that little reminder that my life won't be completely over due to one bad job gives me hope and optimism for the future.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I appreciated how transparent and real the author was in this book. I agree with the majority of what she has to say — and I can see that if I were in a different stage in life, I’d find this book motivating and impactful. But for where I’m at in my career — it’s just okay. Some good reminders. Very easy to read. If you like self help/business books you could find much worse.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Reece David

    Great book. It was clear, concise and provided good, real life examples. I appreciate the advice and want to implement many of its ideas.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marit Brock

    I wanted to read this book because I really like Laurie Ruettimann's blog and her frank approach to the workplace. As a reformed HR professional, I appreciate her efforts to break free of the corporate-speak and rah-rah employee engagement projects of too many HR departments. I appreciate when she calls out the fact that HR and managers can't save you from a job you don't like, and sometimes they can even make it harder (and they might be struggling with hating their own job too). All that is tr I wanted to read this book because I really like Laurie Ruettimann's blog and her frank approach to the workplace. As a reformed HR professional, I appreciate her efforts to break free of the corporate-speak and rah-rah employee engagement projects of too many HR departments. I appreciate when she calls out the fact that HR and managers can't save you from a job you don't like, and sometimes they can even make it harder (and they might be struggling with hating their own job too). All that is true, even when HR or managers mean well. This book is easy to read and entertaining, and the no-nonsense approach of her blogs comes through. In that same spirit though, can we just admit that the whole genre of career development books are not really all that different from each other? Work on yourself, everyone hates their job, it isn't them its you, you can't get a new job without networking, don't quit your job until you have a new job... etc. And throw in the "just because I became successful as an independent consultant/speaker/blogger doesn't mean that you can be successful at it, so don't throw that in as an option." and you pretty much have this whole category summed up and can write your own career development book. Now, with all that said you might think that I didn't enjoy this book, but that isn't true. If you are looking for a book to help you get your head on straight before you look for a new job, then this book is the one. Different from the tone of other books, Laurie's approach feels like talking to a friend. She is saying "Hey, be cool! You can do this, and here is a few things to think about." There is also a tone of optimism that the world of work really will change, if we all work at it. Although this book was written before the pandemic upended our working world, I think that it provides useful advice for the 2021 workforce. I intend to recommend this book to others who are struggling to figure out what comes next for them and how to put themselves first! The bottom line, everyone hates their job from time to time, and you really do have to work on you before you can find yourself in a better job.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa K

    I liked the authenticity of the author of this book. It was a nice, fairly short read with some tangible takeaways if you'd like to overhaul your career. I liked the authenticity of the author of this book. It was a nice, fairly short read with some tangible takeaways if you'd like to overhaul your career.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tim Gardner

    The first thing I would say is that Laurie's advice in this book is timeless. I could not follow all the specific recommendations early in my career (use LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) because I graduated in 1978, but her advice on how to approach several career issues is exactly what I wish my younger self knew. In particular, her advice to "Be a slacker" would have served me well in the first five years, where I burned out on work I thought I loved. Also, "Always be Learnin'" has served me well, and The first thing I would say is that Laurie's advice in this book is timeless. I could not follow all the specific recommendations early in my career (use LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) because I graduated in 1978, but her advice on how to approach several career issues is exactly what I wish my younger self knew. In particular, her advice to "Be a slacker" would have served me well in the first five years, where I burned out on work I thought I loved. Also, "Always be Learnin'" has served me well, and allowed me to essentially have three different careers. There is no doubt I will share several ideas from this book with my kids, who are all professionals with some of the same issues addressed in the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Williams

    Excellent insights and great advice!!! Well written and conversational tone Felt like a pep talk directly from the author, Laurie Reuttimann. The best part is this book is filled with truth nuggets I needed to hear to BET on ME!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    Inspiration to start the year from everyone's favorite Punk Rock HR lady. Inspiration to start the year from everyone's favorite Punk Rock HR lady.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rogerson

    Laurie is a true HR pro and her advice is spot on. I wish I had this book back in my corporate career, as it would have saved me so much frustration. Even now as a consultant and coach, I found this book interesting and could totally relate to and appreciate her personal stories. I loved how she approaches career development from a much-needed well-being perspective. I’ve caught myself recommending to friends with work issues, “be a slacker!” I recommend this book to anyone at any level in their Laurie is a true HR pro and her advice is spot on. I wish I had this book back in my corporate career, as it would have saved me so much frustration. Even now as a consultant and coach, I found this book interesting and could totally relate to and appreciate her personal stories. I loved how she approaches career development from a much-needed well-being perspective. I’ve caught myself recommending to friends with work issues, “be a slacker!” I recommend this book to anyone at any level in their career. It’s factual, sincere and funny!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I kept going to the end because it was audio and short, but this book did nothing for me, nor did I learn anything to impart to friends or colleagues. I’m glad others liked it but I did not find it helpful.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nia

    DNF @ 25% I just couldn't make it through this one. If you follow the author or have lived a lifestyle like hers, this book will most likely be better for you. I didn't connect with her or the people mentioned. DNF @ 25% I just couldn't make it through this one. If you follow the author or have lived a lifestyle like hers, this book will most likely be better for you. I didn't connect with her or the people mentioned.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Pollak

    I loved this book. Laurie's honesty, humor and frank advice are incredibly valuable and enjoyable. It feels like being in a conversation with your funniest friend, who also happens to be an accomplished HR executive. The book's key takeaway -- to fix yourself first in order to fix your career -- is wise and important. My favorite piece of advice is that whenever you are struggling in your career, first focus on learning something new in the next thirty days. Highly recommended for professionals I loved this book. Laurie's honesty, humor and frank advice are incredibly valuable and enjoyable. It feels like being in a conversation with your funniest friend, who also happens to be an accomplished HR executive. The book's key takeaway -- to fix yourself first in order to fix your career -- is wise and important. My favorite piece of advice is that whenever you are struggling in your career, first focus on learning something new in the next thirty days. Highly recommended for professionals of all ages and stages.

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