Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career

Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career

by Laurie Ruettimann


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"Indispensable reading for anyone seeking to improve their professional selves."
—Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When

An essential guide for how to snap out of autopilot and become your own best advocate, with candid anecdotes and easy-to-adopt steps, from veteran HR specialist and popular podcast host Laurie Ruettimann

Chances are you've spent the past few months cooped up inside, buried under a relentless news cycle and work that never seems to switch off. Millions of us worldwide are overworked, exhausted, and trying our hardest—yet not getting the recognition we deserve. It’s time for a fix.

Top career coach and HR consultant Laurie Ruettimann knows firsthand that work can get a hell of a lot better. A decade ago, Ruettimann was uninspired, blaming others and herself for the unhappiness she felt. Until she had an epiphany: if she wanted a fulfilling existence, she couldn’t sit around and wait for change. She had to be her own leader. She had to truly take ahold of life—the good, the bad, and the downright ugly—in order to transform her future.

Today, as businesses prioritize their bottom line over employee satisfaction and workers become increasingly isolated, the need to safeguard your well-being is crucial. And though this sounds intimidating, it’s easier to do than you think. Through tactical advice on how to approach work in a smart and healthy manner, which includes knowing when to sign off for the day, doubling down on our capacity to learn, fixing those finances, and beating impostor syndrome once and for all, Ruettimann lays out the framework necessary to champion your interests and create a life you actually enjoy.

Packed with advice and stories of others who regained control of their lives, Betting on You is a game-changing must-read for how to radically improve your day-to-day, working more effectively and enthusiastically starting now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250269805
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 107,231
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. CNN recognized her as one of the top five career advisors in the United States, and her work has been featured on NPR, The New Yorker, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Vox. She frequently delivers keynote speeches at business and management events around the world and hosts the popular podcast Punk Rock HR. She lives with her husband and cats in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Surprise, Work Is Broken 1

1 Find Your Tijuana: Well-being and Being in the Workplace 6

2 Be a Slacker: Work Less to Accomplish More 35

3 Bet on Yourself: Beat Impostor Syndrome and Believe Your Own Hype 58

4 Fix Your Money: You Can't Quit Your Job if You're Broke 83

5 Always Be Learnin': Use Your Brain for More Than Work 105

6 Be Your Own HR: Have Your Own Back at the Office 130

7 Job Search 101: How to Be a Secret Job Search Spy 148

8 Quittin' Time: Leave with Dignity and Money in Your Pocket 173

9 It's on You: Tips to Fix Work in Six Months 198

Further Resources 213

Acknowledgments 215

Index 219

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