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Have you ever known that you needed to make a change but felt unable to do anything about it? Have you ever felt like you aren't where you are supposed to be and wondered how the people around you managed to find their purposes in life?

After realizing that his well-paying, prestigious job was actually making him miserable, Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky started asking these big questions: How do you actually find meaning in the workplace? How do you find work that makes your heart sing, creates impact, and pays your rent?

In The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, Smiley provides fresh, honest, counterintuitive, and inspiring career advice for anyone stuck in a quarter-life crisis (or third-life crisis), trying to figure out what to do with their lives. He shares the stories of many 20- and 30-somethings who are discovering how to work with purpose (and still pay the bills). With practical exercises and advice, this book is essential listening for career changers and anyone passionate about getting unstuck, pursuing work that matters, and changing the world.

©2016 Adam Smiley Poswolsky (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

“Fresh and engaging, this book will inspire the next generation to lead with purpose.” (Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com; New York Times best-selling author of Delivering Happiness)

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Highly Recommend!

I’ve never written a review for a book before but I felt compelled to for this one. (I swear no one paid me to write this). I wish I could give a copy of this book to every young person I know who is still figuring out their career path. This book is really relatable and easy to digest and has a lot of humor and optimism. It was exactly what I needed. It completely changed my view on what it means to have a meaningful career, and provided me with a lot of practical advice and insights. I realized how many options I have in pursuing work. It gave me the hope I was lacking to stop feeling like a failure and to move forward and pursue what I want.

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Inspiring

The Quarter Life Breakthrough has so many helpful pieces. It's validated many of my own feelings of needing a breakthrough and I'll be listening to it again soon. I like the simplicity of the book and the activities that it has. Also, really enjoyed that the author was the reader of the book. Thanks Smiley!

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Love this practical, applied (yet still inspiring) read!

There are a lot of ways to get information about what you should do next-- I would recommend reading this book.

Each chapter is full of practical, applied activities to help you explore who you are, what brings you meaning, and build what you want for your next step. At risk of being boring or formulaic (aka: like many other self help books aimed at this audience), this book remains inspiring and supportive. It brings hope without impulsivity, ubiquitous advice while remaining individualized. It is truly a remarkable book.

In addition, listening to the audiobook provides an additional closeness/support from the book that might be missed in text. As a remarkable speaker, Smiley does not disappoint in his reading of the book. My only advice would be to print off or look at the extra materials on his website as you go along so you can do the activities.

This book started making a difference in my life the minute I ordered it. It is a reminder that you don't always have to get exactly where you're going (or even know where that is) you just have to take a step in the right direction.

Recommending it to oodles and oodles of millenials and beyond!

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Minimalist Perfection

Best-selling author and acclaimed speaker Adam Smiley Poswolsky's latest effort is about as tight of an effort in non-BS self-help as you will find. With true, real and relatably inspirational stories of people chasing their dreams accompanied by super helpful introspection exercises and some hilarious personal anecdotes of both failure and success as only Smiley can do. Pick this book up, get inspired and entertained, and take your life more seriously but yourself less. In terms of style and brevity is minimalist perfection in writing.

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attacks conservative ideals and people throughout

typical liberal that attacks conservative ideals and people throughout the book. it shows how ignorant he is by blaming conservatives for all his problems and praises Obama and Hillary who caused the poor employment opportunities and forced millenials into debt and back onto their parents basements. don't waste your money unless you enjoy listening to the sound of snowflakes crying.

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