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The Renaissance soul : life design for people with too many passions to pick just one /

Main Author: Lobenstine, Margaret.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Broadway Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed.
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Some people just can't seem to settle down: they jump from career to career, from interest to interest; they chafe at being pinned down to one job or self-definition. This need for variety and love of finding new challenges, says career and life coach Lobenstine, can be a positive trait. Lobenstine's aim is to help such people find ways to pursue their varied interests without feeling overwhelmed. Her "focal point" strategy suggests picking a small number-usually four-of interests to pursue for now, interests that might be exchanged for others at a later time. And the author proposes various ways to integrate one's career into these focal points: if you're passionate about your work, it might be one focal point; for others it might be a way to pay the bills while they pursue other interests. One inexperienced older woman with a longstanding desire for a career in the art world found a clerical job at a museum, where she had access to curators and an opportunity to volunteer her graphic skills. Lobenstine has identified a situation rarely addressed by self-help books, and her advice is sensible, concrete and do-able. Agent, Betsy Amster. (On sale Jan. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

Career coach and life counselor Lobenstine directs her manual to those who have a variety of interests, enjoy challenges and opportunities, thrive on mastering new skills, and yet have difficulty settling into careers. Identifying these people as "Renaissance souls," she proposes strategies for clarifying focal points or passionate interests and ways these can be integrated into a fulfilling and satisfying life. Using quizzes and exercises, she deals with practical realities such as translating skills and abilities into job possibilities, learning without going back to school, and making presentations to potential employers. A separate chapter furnishes guidance for college and high school students planning their futures. Suggestions are also offered for budgeting time, finding mentors and emotional support, and overcoming procrastination, fear, and other barriers. This book will inspire anyone trying to juggle multiple passions and interests or contemplating a career change. Recommended for career collections.-Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.