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The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success Paperback – Jan 5 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (Jan. 5 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684823993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684823997
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Soul

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During a few years of much vocational confusion from high school through college (also working full time in a technical field), I had read several career books. Silly enough, I even began feeling like something of an "expert" on the resources available simply because I had milked so many! In time, I finally answered and solved all that one could with the few passing counselors and dozens of books, working through my unique situation. But in light of all my previous reading and hearing the hype about the "latest" career book wonder, I wanted to see what was so special and different about The Pathfinder. Although I was certain that I had probably seen every practical approach to this topic, reading the introduction's grand claim sold me. It boasts being a solution for everyone regardless of their amount of exposure to such a search. So, I gave it a read. I even believed I might learn something new. Note: as best as I could, I approached this book as though I had just embarked on the quest for this first time so that any new help and info could be properly credited to the book's ability to dig it out.
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.
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I bought this book on the basis that it was appreciated by people who valued the "Do what you are" Careers Book by Tieger/Barron-Tieger, which I found to be one of the most interesting books I have ever read, and which has had a profound effect on my view of this subject.
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.
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I've read many books in the career choice category in the past few years, and even did most of the exercises they contained. All were helpful to some extent, but each left me wanting more, and still feeling rudderless. But when I stumbled across The Pathfinder, and read the introduction, I knew this was what I was looking for. This book is certainly not an empty, "feel good" narrative that urges you to "find your passion" and then says: good luck! What Lore has done is assemble a massive "toolkit" for career changers that requires serious time and effort. This is the career-choice guide for those of you ready to roll up your sleeves and get busy. And for those who do, the answers will come.
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.
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When I think about how people today in corporate america decide upon their careers, there seems to be a great deal of chance and luck that always plays in. Very few people have taken the time to think about what they want, what they are good at, when they are most content, or how they can translate these into a successfull career.
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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