You're Going to Survive: True stories about adversity, rejection, defeat, terrible bosses, online trolls, 1-star Yelp reviews, and other soul-crushing experiences-and how to get through it

You're Going to Survive: True stories about adversity, rejection, defeat, terrible bosses, online trolls, 1-star Yelp reviews, and other soul-crushing experiences-and how to get through it

by Alexandra Franzen


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Life involves adversity: No matter what kind of career you’ve chosen, you’re going to deal with discouragement, frustration, and situations that are, shall we say, “less than ideal.” It could be a hysterical client who’s demanding a refund. Or a book that gets rejected…48 times and counting. Or a job interview that goes nowhere. Or watching your best friend get the exciting promotion that you wanted. Or a vicious one-star review that rattles your self-esteem and makes you question your talent, your identity, everything. When that moment arrives, open this book.

Defeat and getting through it: Inside, you’ll find inspiring true stories from all kinds of people—from authors, chefs, lawyers, website designers, and Broadway performers to personal stylists, jazz musicians, business consultants, non-profit fundraisers, and more—each describing one of the worst moments in their entire career, and how they got through it.

How to stay motivated and never give up: Each chapter is filled with honesty, humor, and heartfelt encouragement to help you stay motivated, keep marching, and never give up―even when things feel incredibly tough. No matter what’s going on in your career right now, this isn’t the end of your story. You’re going to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633536791
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

ALEXANDRA FRANZEN is a writer, consultant, and entrepreneur based in Portland, Oregon. Her writing has been featured in places like Time, Forbes, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and Lifehacker, and she’s been mentioned in places like You’re The Boss! The New York Times Small Business Blog, The Atlantic, and Inc.

She writes about creativity, productivity, communication, goal-setting, and how to deal with adversity in your life and career—negative reviews, projects that don’t pan out, all kinds of painful moments that can rattle your self-esteem—and how to keep marching forward, no matter what.

Alexandra’s latest book, YOU'RE GOING TO SURVIVE, is a collection of true stories from people who've endured soul-crushing moments in their careers—failure, rejection, disappointment, public humiliation—and how they got through it, and how you will too.

You can find all of Alexandra’s current projects at:

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Alexandra Franzen is like a cool big sister who’s got your back with the kind of humor and honesty that will make you feel less alone and motivated to keep going when chasing your dream gets tough (we’re talking client-from-hell, one-star-review, oh-shit-what-am-I-even-doing tough). Every creative needs this book on their nightstand for those inevitable bad days.”

—Kathleen Shannon, host of the Being Boss Podcast, co-founder of Braid Creative

“If you ever think to yourself, 'Why am I even bothering to keep trying to do what I care about?', then this book is for you. And me. And all of us. We need reminders from people who have been there that ebb and flow is the nature of life and work, not a sign that there is something uniquely wrong with us when things don't go as planned. This book is that reminder."

—Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, as seen in The New York Times, The Washington Post and xoJane

"A writer, a teacher, a guide, a muse: whatever Alexandra Franzen does, she does it with a mission of kindness, love, and acceptance. I don't think anyone could better navigate the lowest lows with such wisdom, humor and strength. There's nobody else I'd want as my survival skills guide."

—Michelle Ward, Career Coach, as seen in New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Newsweek

"You're Going To Survive will strengthen your spirit when things aren't going 'exactly as planned' in your career. Everyone goes through tough times, and sometimes the 'small stuff' feels like 'big stuff', but you don't have to feel alone. Enjoy this witty and insightful read!" —Kristine Carlson, co-author of the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff book series

"You're Going To Survive is a must-read book for anyone with an ambitious career dream. Alexandra's writing is encouraging, comforting, and uplifting, with just the right amount of get-up-and-do-it motivation."

—Liz Dennery Sanders, Brand Consultant, Creative Director, founder of SheBrand

“This book is your new best friend on a bad day. Keep it by your bedside table, in your dashboard, in your purse or in your freezer next to a big pint of ice cream. Alexandra will always be there to tell you that you can do it, you must keep going, and you are meant for greatness.” —Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author of Captivate

“It's one thing to say ‘never give up!’ but it's another thing to actually live through the pain of rejection and disappointment that makes you question your work and your worth. When that happens, read this book. It will get you through.”

—Nicole Antoinette, host of Real Talk Radio

“Seriously—I couldn’t put this book down! Every story is filled with a-ha moments, honest reflections, and raw stories from people who faced defeat, but mustered through to survive. If you find yourself having an existential crisis every few months and often wonder, ‘WTF am I doing with my life?’, then this book is just the pick-me-up you need. It takes you from down in the dumps to, ‘I am going to survive and I can do this,’ after just one story.

—Lindsey Smith, the “Food Mood Girl,” public speaker, and author of Eat Your Feelings

"Whether you're a social worker (my previous career) or an artist (my current career) every profession includes beauty—and plenty of challenges, too. YOU’RE GOING TO SURVIVE is a book that reminds readers: you are not only strong enough to navigate the ups and downs of your career path, but that your mistakes, disappointments, and setbacks can be a wide open canvas where beauty and possibility emerge.”

-Kelly Rae Roberts, visual artist, blogger, and author of Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings

"Alexandra sets the standard for how I hope to show up in the world as a writer, a creative, a teacher and a human. Everything she shares oozes with conscientiousness and intimate care. You're Going To Survive stands out as a paradigm-shifting work that you'll hold in your heart, as I do, with a permanent sense of gratitude. This book is so fluid, uplifting and earnest that you may find yourself reading it 10 times over—especially in a dark, unkind or sticky stretch. Reading it once is enough to re-tune your soul to a loving-and-confident frequency, possibly forever."

—Dave Ursillo, author of Big Apple, Black Sand and the Midnight Sun and Lead Without Followers

"This book is a gem. I have no idea how Alexandra Franzen convinced so many incredible, accomplished people to reveal their most cringeworthy examples of career failure, but I’m incredibly grateful that she did. It is like the best friend who listens patiently to the story of your worst ever day at work, and then tells you exactly what you needed to hear to bust out of your funk, reclaim your mojo, and get back to kicking butt. Out of every real-life career setback story, Franzen has distilled one or two succinct,

practical survival tips, to help you become more resilient, more sure of your self-worth, and less afraid to take risks.This book is perfect for those disastrous days at work when you really, really need o be reminded that you’re not alone, and that you don’t suck. You will get through this and you will bounce back."

“The world really needs this book. Each story is real, charming, and witty, and tugs at your heart and reminds you of all you have to offer the world. It's like the perfect pep talk from your best friend saying, ‘You're incredible. Don't forget it. Keep going. Big things are waiting.’ This is my go-to guide for anytime I feel alone and need to be reminded of all those searching and striving to grow and be a little better. I love this book, and I love Alexandra's writing. It feels like home to me.”

—Kelsey Murphy, Former Advertising Director for Nintendo and Elizabeth Arden, founder of Whiskey & Work

—Jo Miller, Founding Editor of Be Leaderly

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