I picked up a copy of Kate White's 'You On Top'. Under the title she boasts that the book provides 'smart, sexy skills every woman needs to set the world on fire'. Hmm, now isn't that catchy? I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book being on the $4 table at Borders last week but I'm always interested to hear the opinions of women and how they got ahead. I bought it and four chapters in, I like her style.
As a disclaimer I will say there is plenty in the book I don't agree with...
As with all advice you have to sift through, weeding out that which won't get you where you want to be or may come at a price you aren't willing to pay. This book is no exception. I'm looking forward to learning more from the point of view of the EIC of the biggest women's magazine in the world.
In the Chapter Two - 'Toss out your 5 year plan' she shares this quote... 'We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us', - Joseph Campbells.
Hmm, at 23 myself I think she's on to something here. The pressure to determine the rest of your life hits you hard as you near the end of college. By the time you graduate people expect you should know on some level how the rest of your professional life will go. Plan as we may, there is more to be found in life by not playing by the rules and limiting ourself to formulas. Getting where you want to be in life requires some level of risk-taking. Your 20s are made for these moments, are they not?
In a few weeks I will, I hope, be able to publicize how I'm doing this within my own life. Stay tuned. In the meantime, don't let your plans get in the way of your future.