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Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career by Herminia Ibarra

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becoming yourself

IF WE KNEW from the start what it meant to be fully ourselves, finding a new career would be so much easier. But because we are growing and changing all the time, the oft-cited key to a better working life, “knowing yourself,” turns out to be the prize at the end of the journey rather than the light at its beginning. Whether we feel closer to Pierre Gerard, who as a teenager felt a calling to minister to the suffering, or to Lucy Hartman, who stumbled through twenty years of technical and managerial jobs before finding her mission as a professional coach, there is no substitute for constant exploration. We don’t find ourselves in a blinding flash of insight, and neither do we change overnight. We learn by doing, and each ...

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