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Until recently Tess Vigeland was a longtime host of public radio's Marketplace. It was a rewarding, high-status job, and Tess was very good at it - but she'd begun to feel restless. Without any definite, clear sense of what she wanted to do next (but an absolute certainty that what she'd been doing was no longer truly satisfying), she walked away from her dream job and into a vast unknown. Suddenly she was no longer "Marketplace's Tess Vigeland"; she was just Tess Vigeland.

For the multitude of Americans who change jobs midcareer (by choice or circumstance), the growing legions of freelance workers, and the entrepreneurially minded who see self-employment as an increasingly more appealing and viable option, Tess Vigeland has created a personal and well-researched account of leaping without a net. With her signature humor, she writes honestly about the fear, uncertainty, and risk involved in leaving the traditional workforce - but also the excitement, resources, and possibilities that are on the other side.

Leap is also about finding a new definition of success. Tess poses the important question, "Who am I without my job?" She shares the accounts of people who struggled with this question before and after they took their own leaps of faith, and they ended up finding out more about themselves than they'd thought possible. Success doesn't have to be measured by salary or a traditional career path, as so many of us are conditioned to think, but by your own happiness and fulfillment.

Part memoir and part field guide, this book offers a funny, thoughtful, and provocative look at how to find satisfaction and success when pursuing a career less ordinary.

©2015 Tess Vigeland (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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LEAP- A story of discovery

LEAP- In this world of uncertainty, Ms. Vigeland shares the story of her journey from climbing the ladder of her chosen vocation to stepping back to evaluate the 'Who?' and 'Why?' of her own story. She also shares the stories of others who have 'Taken their own LEAP'. I appreciated her conversational writing style. As I listened to this audiobook I felt a certain connectedness to the author and her experiences. A good friend inviting you to share in their journey.

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Everything Mrs Vigeland says is true, but ...

All the stages of emotions, everything about our identity, and the fact that we loose and find ourselves by leaping Mrs Vigeland says is so very true. She describes a leap very well.. And she is Tess Vigeland, so obviously the performance is good and her points are extremely interesting.

But she is so repetitive, maybe she would have needed to go further into her leap journey before finishing the book ? Its a long jump indeed
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Sounded like my story.

This book perfectly describes that ‘I know it’s time to go but I don’t know where or what’ feeling. I now realize that I made a leap, but just didn’t know what to call it. Wished I read it sooner because it stayed in my library for months.
I’d recommend this book for anyone who is contemplating a change/leap or for those who have already made a change in and to their professional careers and paths.
It’s nice to hear other stories and outcomes to what can seem ‘scary’ and ‘brave’ all in one.
I’m glad I got the chance to Leap!
Thank you Tess for sharing your story and the stories in your book.

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Interesting and entertaining

A good and personal view on a major disruption in one’s life: leaving your job without a clear plan. Good thoughts, other views added. The missing piece is how to survive, as money didn’t turn out to be a major issue in this case. Nevertheless worth listening!