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The Start-Up of You Audiobook

The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

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Publisher's Summary

A blueprint for thriving in your job and career in today’s challenging world of work by applying the lessons of Silicon Valley’s most innovative entrepreneurs.

The career escalator is jammed at every level. Unemployment rates are sky-high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. The employer-employee pact is over, and traditional job security is a thing of the past.

Here, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today’s competitive world. The key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.

Why? Start-ups - and the entrepreneurs who run them - are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage. These are the very same skills professionals need to get ahead today.

This book isn’t about cover letters or resumes. Instead, you will learn the best practices of Silicon Valley start-ups, and how to apply these entrepreneurial strategies to your career. Whether you work for a giant multinational corporation, a small local business, or are launching your own venture, you need to know how to:

  • Adapt your career plans as you change, the people around you change, and industries change
  • Develop a competitive advantage to win the best jobs and opportunities
  • Strengthen your professional network by building powerful alliances and maintaining a diverse mix of relationships
  • Find the unique breakout opportunities that massively accelerate career growth
  • Take proactive risks to become more resilient to industry tsunamis
  • Tap your network for information and intelligence that help you make smarter decisions

A revolutionary new guide to thriving in today's fractured world of work, the strategies in this book will help you survive and thrive and achieve your boldest professional ambitions. The Start-Up of You empowers you to become the CEO of your career and take control of your future.

©2012 Reid Hoffman (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Being an entrepreneur isn’t really about starting a business. It’s a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge. Whatever career you’re in ­ or want to be in ­The Start-Up of You holds lessons for success." (Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg, L.P., and Mayor, New York City)

"Everyone, women and men alike, needs to think big to succeed. This is a practical book that shows you how to take control and build a career that will enable you to have real impact." (Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook)

"A profound book about self-determination and self-realization. By capturing and universalizing the wisdom of successful start-up businesses, the authors provide an exciting blueprint for building a fulfilling career. Invaluable for any person who wants to be a successful entrepreneur ­ not in a particular company ­ but in the most important enterprise of all: one's own life." (Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark)

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    "basically a promo for LinkedIn"

    I was really looking forward to this but disappointed. it just seemed to be a book promoting LinkedIn

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    "Great listen. App/recording quality issue?"

    Loved this book. Listened in one sitting. Occasional skips. App or recording or earpiece is the cause?

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    "It's for readers in their 20s"

    if you're looking for inspiration and confidence to start a business, read something else, this is for high school and college kids, or people looking for a job.

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    "stupidest book I ever read"

    Most of the examples boil down to having influential parents. Has a lot of creepy examples like Zinga, some microloan startup, Peter Theil -- author thinks those things are good and helpful to society.
    Terrible.

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    mhashem United Kingdom 02-23-16
    mhashem United Kingdom 02-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "LinkedIn promotion every few minutes"

    Below average book had much higher hopes. lots of LinkedIn promotion with no much value behind it. After hours of lestining I came out with a few tips from the entire book.

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    "Personal development book"

    I thought it was something else.. Good for college freshmen but not for people with work experience

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    "Great book"

    I totally recommend it. Excelente reading for young professional who want to achieve more in their careers.

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    "very useful book with great narration"

    love the book. gives practical tips. necessary to understand the presented concepts to thrive in this day and age.

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    Buster 01-21-15
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    "Gets the brain turning"

    Good book to take a step back and look at your career and network in terms of "i" powered by "we"

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    "Nothing you haven't heard before"
    Would you recommend The Start-Up of You to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really because most of what is said in the book is old news. :(


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