Are you switching careers? Keep this in mind when you get discouraged

A new article from Kerry Hannon, author of the forthcoming book, In Control at 50+: How to Succeed in the New World of Work.

Dorie Clark has a certain swagger and optimism that resonates with me whenever I have the chance to speak to her. She makes me want to go do something.

And now Clark, who teaches executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, has a new book “The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World,” which may spur you to put the pedal to the metal, too.

In her book, she writes about her own journey to becoming an entrepreneur. “I just didn’t know where to start. I had plenty of skills: I’d been a reporter and a political campaign operative; I could write and speak well…but the rest of entrepreneurship was a black box. So I decided to learn.”

For a full year, she committed to studying while still working a full-time job as an executive director of a bicycling advocacy nonprofit. On Saturdays, she took courses at the local adult education center on topics like writing a business plan, designing better PowerPoint slides, and basic bookkeeping. She became a regular at her local library, checking out business bestsellers from Michael Gerber’s “The E- Myth,” Keith Ferrazzi’s “Never Eat Alone” to Jim Collins’s “Good to Great.” Read the full article on MarketWatch.

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