Betting on You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career (Hardcover)
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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.
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.
“Part manifesto and part manual for anyone who is willing to put their own health and happiness ahead of a miserable job. . . . [Ruettimann is] right there with you, sharing her own journey, stumbles included, to a life that has room for healthy behaviors, hobbies, relationships, volunteering, and even binge-watching TV.”
—New York Post
"Irreverent, funny, direct. As a former HR professional, Ruettimann offers transparency about jobs in America that readers will find very appealing."
"The ultimate insider guide that will inspire anyone to wake up, take that first step toward change, and finally have a thriving career that connects purpose and passion."
—Jesse Itzler, New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, and endurance athlete
"Laurie Ruettimann has written a helpful and entertaining account of what it's like to run your life like a business, remain vulnerable, and bet on yourself first."
—Suzy Welch, New York Times bestselling business author and entrepreneur
"Why are some people successful at work while others are stuck? If you've ever wondered why you're not getting ahead, Laurie Ruettimann's answer might surprise you: it's probably you. Betting On You is a powerful reminder that the most successful leaders run their lives like businesses, prioritize their professional development, and believe their own hype."
—Cy Wakeman, New York Times bestselling author of The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace and No Ego
"Never before have we been so collectively burnt out. But with pragmatic advice and an infectious jumpstart attitude, Laurie Ruettimann provides the groundwork—and inspiration—needed to change course. Betting on You is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to improve their professional selves and attain that elusive 'work-life balance.'"
—Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human