I’m loving “Blind Spots” by Alexandra Levit

I don’t often recommend books here. (Have I recommended anything other than The Gift of Fear and everything by Jane Austen?) But I’m almost finished reading Alexandra Levit‘s new book, Blind Spots, and I have to say, I’ve been waiting for someone to write this book.

Alexandra debunks 10 of the biggest career myths — things that are often repeated as truisms even though they don’t work for the vast majority of people … things like “controversy will propel your career,” “it’s best to climb the ladder as fast as possible,” “the problem isn’t you; it’s the organization,” “if only you could break out of Corporate America, everything would be perfect,” and more.

I get really sick of so-called “experts” repeating crap theories because it’s what they were taught 20 years ago or because they earn money by being provocative, and I think I’ve discovered in Alexandra a kindred spirit. Here’s what she says in her introduction to the book:

“I wrote it because I was tired of reading silly theories and platitudes dispensed by business and career authors who sell their work by giving these myths credibility and by telling readers what they want to hear. Here is one thing you can count on: I will tell it like it is. I will be honest with you about what will render you successful in today’s business world, not yesterday’s. I refuse to give you overly provocative advice that hasn’t worked for anyone I know, like quitting your job tomorrow and starting your own business the next day, or marching into your boss’s office and announcing that he should appreciate your individuality.”

Seriously, this book rules. I recommend it.

(Somewhat relatedly, I have a post coming shortly about an egregious instance of bad advice-giving. Check back in later today.)

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  1. KateT*

    Thanks for the heads up on Alexandra Levit’s new book! I recently read “New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career” and found it very motivating. It was also readable and pragmatic. I like her style.

  2. jmkenrick*

    About halfway through now (based on your recommendation, actually). I see why you like it. It jives with so much of what you say here! I’ve already read all of Jane Austen’s works…but still not Gift of Fear.

    Like how readable it is. Perfect for my commute.

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