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A provocative new approach to discovering your true calling in life and achieving not just a good career but a great one.

Over the past three decades, professor Larry Smith has become something of a "career whisperer" for his students at the University of Waterloo. Each year, millions of talented college students graduate with little or no real sense of what their next steps will be, yet they are determined not to settle for so-so careers; they are looking for great careers.

Smith points out that only a few fortunate souls are born knowing exactly what they want to pursue in life. The rest of us have to stop making excuses and start asking ourselves tough questions about achieving our goals. In his straightforward, no-nonsense approach, Smith itemizes and dismisses all the usual excuses, fears, and worries that people hide behind when trying to find their true direction. His unusual take on this challenging conundrum is both universal and timely, and his stunning TEDx Talk on this subject has been viewed by more than six million people so far.

This is the perfect book for any college graduate who is wondering where he or she fits into the world. It won't necessarily be easy, but if you follow Smith's guidance, your career dreams can indeed come true.

©2016 Larry Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Brilliant Larry Smith

After hearing his Ted talk I just had to buy this book, unfortunately the narrator didn't have quite the same engaging vocal style of Larry himself but still a great read

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  • ANASTASIA CHATZIKONTIDOU
  • 21-06-2017

THE ONLY CAREER ADVICE BOOK YOU EVER NEED!!

If you could sum up No Fears, No Excuses in three words, what would they be?

Literally, the only career strategy book someone ever needs. Larry Smith has a talent in adentifying problems and solutions, I recomend this book to all my clients (as a career counselor) and all my friends. Well structured-well perfomed-I bought the audiobook , I will definitely buy the book as well, is a library must have

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  • Carlos
  • 04-09-2020

Very Honest and Upfront

What your mom and dad will never told you as they probably did not have someone like Larry break it down to them as well. Listen to it, be honest with yourself and reflect.

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  • Eric G.
  • 20-01-2018

A life changer

I'm half way through changing my career and it gave me the tools I needed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-2020

Well worth the listen

Can't believe this was free. I only wish I had access to this book when I was leaving high school 15 years ago. a must read for everyone.

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  • Daniel Rodriguez
  • 21-08-2019

Buenas ideas para desarrollar la carrera

Contiene muchos testimonios de carreras personales y buenos tips para encontrar la pasión profesional. La locución excelente.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-2020

Excellent and insightful book

A very insightful book. I like that the author has so much knowledge and experience on the topics. Lessons were cleverly presented.

I would recommend this to anyone in their career (starting out; a few years in and even a lot of years in their career). Anyone in their 20’s to 50’s.

There is nothing I disliked about the book. It was intriguing.

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  • Santiago Tacoronte
  • 29-10-2020

great book for career finding

this book is a great guide for those looking for a career path. it will give you great tips on how to find your passion and find a successful career.

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  • Olivia Chapé
  • 08-10-2020

Hopes & Dreams = Successful Career

Highly recommended for all teenagers and for anyone who is considering changing career paths.

This book will question your motives and make you reminisce about past decisions. If you're worried or scared about following your heart and going with your gut, this book will give you the confidence to be most successful and happiest in a job you truly care about. Your passion will be your driving force, for future success.

Have you been wasting your time on a career that you're not passionate about? There were times I've been told to pursue the highest paying jobs, and other times, to take whatever I can get. However, employers will soon see the lack of passion. This can leave us feeling worse off than if we had gone down the route intended, in the first place.

The book begins with computer science as a degree, as does "Gender Matters", so it's nice to listen to these two books side by side. New technologies needed to hire more than they could handle, now the rest has been left to math majors, and others fleeting from job to job.

I too fell into this lure, thinking that it was the future. When deciding which university or degree to study, it would've been beneficial for me to speak with Larry Smith. Sometimes the course title sounds appealing, but you have to beware of the modules, as this can steer you in a completely different direction. Subconsciously I was trying to meet my mother half way, by studying something with supposed future prospects. Computers are the future, therefore I should learn how to use a computer... I hate computers!

Whilst studying art for a year, before deciding what the next step should be, I remember telling my art foundation teacher that I was thinking about art therapy as a career. However, after telling my mum, she spoke to our neighbour and they both agreed that this was a very difficult job to get into, and perhaps I should consider something else. I wasn't even fully aware of what an art therapist does, but already the idea was quickly dismissed. So many of us have dismissed opportunities and try to opt for the safer and easier route instead. In search of trying to find something easier, or anything at all after my calamity, I too went down the route of administration, because I wasn't sure how else I could earn money.

So, are you thinking short term or long term? Rarely are we given advice that actually supports what we've been put on this planet to do. Larry talks about not wasting any time, because if you are "just passing the time", then you are just waiting to die.

It can be very difficult to talk to others who do not share our beliefs of being able to make it into an unknown venture. We must surround ourselves with like-minded people, whether that be in person or via social media. Others have succeeded in the field we wish to pursue, so it is possible.

Larry Smith is a realist to dreamers. He teaches economics and architecture, but he appears to be the career advisor for the most part, as he gives many examples of students who have come to him for help.

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  • N.Dorser
  • 24-09-2020

Yes, a good reminder!

It reminds the endless possibilities ahead of us, wherever we stand in career or anywhere.

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  • Jessyca
  • 25-08-2021

I wish….

I would have read this book years ago.. It is still super helpful if you are in your more mature career years, but boy I would have done things very differently if I had known….

Recommend this book to everyone no matter what stage they are in their career.

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