Directional Living: A Transformational Guide to Fulfillment in Work and Life

Directional Living: A Transformational Guide to Fulfillment in Work and Life

by Megan Hellerer

Narrated by Megan Hellerer

Unabridged

Directional Living: A Transformational Guide to Fulfillment in Work and Life

Directional Living: A Transformational Guide to Fulfillment in Work and Life

by Megan Hellerer

Narrated by Megan Hellerer

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Overview

A guide for creating a life of maximum fulfillment and purpose, by the career coach whose approach has helped hundreds re-orient their careers and lives
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The traditional approach to career is failing us.* Determine what you want to do with your life, it says, and methodically make your way toward that destination. We're taught that once we get there, no matter how fraught and fatiguing the path is, we'll find fulfillment. This is the 5-year plan, it's setting the “right” goals, it's one of the first questions we ask kids: what do you want to be when you grow up?

The problem is this advice simply doesn't work. It's outdated and based on a world that doesn't exist anymore, if it ever did. And, it's created a generation of Underfulfilled Overacheivers, who have leaned in, climbed the ladder of success, did everything they were supposed to do, and yet feel burned out and unfulfilled.

In the last decade, career coach Megan Hellerer, herself a recovering Underfulfilled Overachiever, has worked with hundreds of these women, from CEOs and bestselling authors to award-winning scientists and activists, helping them get unstuck and discover meaningful, purpose-driven work. Directional Living comes from Megan's innovative paradigm, one based on the premise that a fulfilling, purpose-filled career and life is built by following your inner sense of direction, not pursuing a fixed destination. Through this revolutionary new blueprint, we learn to find the work we are uniquely well-suited to do in the world, move from misery to meaning, and transform our careers on the way to transforming our lives. Directional Living is both a philosophy and a practical guide to creating not just a great life, but your great life-one full of genuine purpose, meaning, ease and authenticity.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

06/03/2024

Career coach Hellerer’s savvy first book is aimed at “underfulfilled overachievers” who are living “great-on-paper lives... but still find themselves secretly dissatisfied.” After obtaining a prestigious position at Google by age 29, the author was riddled with anxiety about her inability to appreciate her success. Upon quitting, she set out to discover “what the fuck I was meant to do with my life” and found fulfillment as a life coach. Drawing lessons from her own experience, she encourages readers to move in their “own personal right direction” without worrying about the outcome. To do so, they must strip fear-based thoughts away from their “true self,” which she describes as a type of intuition that “lives in the body” as “a sense of warmth and alignment.” As an example of how accessing one’s true self can help with decision-making, she describes how a medical student deciding between specialties found that imagining a future in neurosurgery made her “feel hot and nauseous,” while psychiatry “resonated in her body.” Throughout, Hellerer debunks myths that undergird a success-driven society, including that difficulty has inherent moral value (“There’s no gold star or fulfillment bonus for extra struggle”), while outlining a positive, individual-focused approach that prioritizes happiness over certainty. It’s a smart, refreshing look at what it means to build a satisfying life. (Sept.)

From the Publisher

The big decisions in life don’t come with a map. Think of this book as a compass to help you navigate toward success without sacrificing happiness. Drawing on her extensive experience as a coach, Megan Hellerer offers an unusually relatable and practical guide to the pursuit of excellence, meaning, and joy.”
—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hidden Potential and Think Again, and host of the podcast Re:Thinking
 
“Extrinsic motivation screams so much louder than intrinsic motivation. Capitalism is so good at rewarding what we can measure, terrible at rewarding what we value. As a result we often work really hard to build careers that we don't really want. Directional Living will help you avoid that fate!”
—Kim Scott, Author of Radical Respect and Radical Candor

" I wish I had been given this book when I was 18 years old. If you’re burned out or wondering “Is this all that there is?” Megan Hellerer’s book is brimming with practical and actionable guidance to take you from feeling without a compass to finding direction."
—Dr. Samantha Boardman, Author of Everyday Vitality

“I’m blown away. This book only looks like a well-behaved self-help book. In fact, it’s radical—nearly anarchic. Lucid, practical, effective, and beautiful, Directional Living upends all the common wisdom about ambition, struggle, and building a good life. Try it, and transform.”
—Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss

“Hellerer debunks myths that undergird a success-driven society, including that difficulty has inherent moral value (“There’s no gold star or fulfillment bonus for extra struggle”), while outlining a positive, individual-focused approach that prioritizes happiness over certainty. It’s a smart, refreshing look at what it means to build a satisfying life.”
Publishers Weekly

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160510095
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication date: 09/24/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
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