The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success Paperback – Jan 5 1998
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Author Nicholas Lore uses the techniques of his career-guidance network, the Rockport Institute, to make The Pathfinder a substitute for a great job counselor. Through goal setting, list making, and other techniques, the book leads readers though the process of deciding exactly what they want to do for a living and finding a way to make it happen. Lore realizes that people have different temperaments and decision-making methods, so he provides individualized advice to suit each one. He also understands that creating a new career requires courage as well as desire, so The Pathfinder devotes plenty of space to motivation and overcoming fears. While anyone looking for a new career will find direction with this guide, people who didn't know they were looking may decide to start once they go through Lore's probing self-examination process.
"A brilliant, passionately written book! If you want to have a career you will love, this is the one to read." - JACK CANFIELD co-author, Chicken Soup for the SoulSee all Product Description
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Of all the career books I've read, The Pathfinder by far caters to the most limited type of audience. The author clearly tackles the subject as best as he can from his business-oriented personality, reducing life down to a short-sighted "let's win" approach with no perspective or goal beyond the material rewards of effectively being employed. I couldn't overlook the corporate, rah-rah feel of this text. Many like myself reading this would find swiss cheese: big gaps of information and substance.Read more ›
I'd say there are three major keys to The Pathfinder which set it apart from others in its category. 1) Comprehensiveness: Lore hits the career-choice question from every conceivable angle. This yields a robust and multidimensional picture of your ideal careers(s). 2) Integration with motivational psychology: several chapters are designed to help you overcome self-doubt, make better decisions, and learn to set goals and get things done. And if you're really going for a big change, for the thing you've always wanted to do but never thought you could, then you'll be needing these chapters. And 3) Method: the brick-by-brick process of career discovery is extremely helpful. By breaking it all down, and asking you to make smaller (more manageable) decisions along the way, the Big Decision is far less intimidating, and has such a logic to it that you'll no longer be able to beat yourself up for being "impractical."
On a personal note, The Pathfinder is working for me.Read more ›
I can accept that this book (Dwya) may be unoriginal (I haven't read many books on this subject) - all I know is it that it suits me.
I tackled the Pathfinder, exercise book in hand, and was very disappointed.
Firstly, it is verbiose and pompous in tone. Get to the point!
Secondly, it is unsuitable for someone like myself (I'm an ISTJ for all you personality analysts out there). And we don't have goals - so telling me to follow my dreams is worse than useless. It merely makes me feel bad that I don't aspire to anything very significant.
I would almost say - if I knew what my dreams/aspirations were, I probably wouldn't even need a book
I'm going to dip into this in the future to see if it gets better later on, but I spent a fair amount of time getting nowhere. And, if you say, he didn't give it a chance - I would say, Why should I? It's up to the author to draw me in. It just is not very well written and I find the other reviews surprising. To all of you - I'm glad you were helped by the book. But it isn't for everyone.
In The Pathfinder, the author provides a process to follow -- one which I believe many of us would benefit from. In this process, the author helps you look not just within yourself but also to the outside world, to better organize your thoughts with regard to how you make decision. He provides you with exercises that help you "name" skills or abilities or requirements you might never have realized you had. The end goal being that when you make your decision or decisions, you do it in a way that is aware and informed, and that propels you with further momentum and less self doubt.
I would recommend this book to all college students and any and all professionals who are still trying to find the career which is both a better fit with their personality and innate skills, while still trying to balance the "other demands" placed on them.
If you believe that life is a journey, I would suggest that you read this book early in your travels.
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You spend about a third of your life (or so) working, so it's a hefty chunk of your time. Therefore, it would be nice if your job was truly satisfying. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2010 by teambldr23
If you're looking for help in finding what will make you successful and happy in the workplace, this is it. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Michael De Vere
I have never sent in a review before. I bought this book in 1999. I slowly worked my way through it and systematically took back control of my life. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Ms. Tonya Williams
This book seemed like it was written to help mid-career person to find an area of work that matches their passion which they were unable to do for whatever reason. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Dennis B. H. Ang
And I was telling myself that there must be something better than this. I was looking for a book that would act a personal coach, help me to identify both the mental and physical... Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Randall L. Wilson
This book is a refreshing and welcome change from the average self-help, career-oriented book. Nicholas Lore uses a completely different perspective wherein the reader is 100%... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003 by Victoria
The Pathfinder worked for me 4 years ago and is still working for me today. I recently re-read this book, after first discovering the book about 4 years ago. Read morePublished on June 17 2003