The Best Thing That Could Ever Happen To You: How A Career Reversal Can Reinvigorate Your Life
Getting Down to Business (Books)
By Alan Caruba
There are a number of books devoted to achieving success in business and we can count on many more to come in the year ahead.
A lot of people are stuck in jobs they don’t like or battling hopelessness as the seek employment these days. For them, Sander A. Flaum’s book, written with Michele Flaum, *The Best Thing That Could Ever Happen to You: How a Career Reversal Can Reinvigorate Your Life *($16.95, Big Shoes Publishing, softcover) should be at the top of their reading list. With a foreword written by former astronaut, Senator John Glenn, it is an easy-to-read, how-to guide that moves readers out of their no-win employment rut and gets them back in charge of their job search. Flaum, who is chairman of the Leadership Forum at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, shows how to work harder and smarter to come out on top in the interviewing process. The bottom line is that the book teaches readers how to deal with their fears and shortcomings, get passed their inhibitions, and find the job that is right for them. The author really knows what he is talking about and, if you’re seeking a new job, this is the book for you.
It’s All About Moving Ahead
By John Glenn
Never in my wildest dreams as a boy growing up in small-town New Concord, Ohio, in the 1930s could I ever have imagined the then unforeseen events—and great opportunities—that would shape my life: World War II, the Korean War, test-flying new military aircraft, flying two flights into space, US Senator for twenty-four years, and now to be part of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University.
Not long ago, my wife Annie remarked, “We’ve had a great life.” I corrected her to change the tense to “are having a great life.” I believe that tense change reflects how we look at the future no matter our actual age.
But all of us have good things—and not so good things— happen at each stage of our lives and that is what Sander’s book is about. How do we deal with those “not so good” events that could overwhelm or, in turn, be overcome? I’ve had ups and downs like everyone else. Let me give you just one example.
A couple of years after our first orbital space flight, I was leaving NASA and had announced my candidacy for the United States Senate. A home accident left me in no condition to continue the campaign, since the doctors predicted it would be probably the better part of a year before I would be fully operational again. So I withdrew from the campaign and spent the better part of that year fortunately getting a full recovery, but it was a miserable year.
In the next election for the Senate, I once again declared my candidacy and campaigned very hard but lost in the primary. That was a bitter pill. In effect, I kept on campaigning and four years later was elected overwhelmingly to the Senate where I spent the next twenty-four years.
The point here, as Sander writes, is that, in life, you must keep moving forward with passion and persistence to advance past the setbacks and disappointments you inevitably encounter. My friend Sander’s take is that, when one chapter of your life ends, it’s time to start re-energizing yourself and write the next.
I’ve known Sander for close to twenty-five years, and I know that, like us all, he’s seen his own ups and downs. But he’s the writer, so I’ll let him explain. Enjoy The Best Thing That Could Ever Happen to You!
Tools to Beat Job Rejection: Share a new guide “The Best Thing That Could Ever Happen to You: How a Career Reversal Can Reinvigorate Your Life” by seasoned career coach Sander Flaum (flaumleadership.com). Flaum’s guide, published in paperback and e-book formats, details how professionals can pick up the pieces after a job wipeout and soar again.
- Chicago Tribune, Careers Now by Joyce Lain Kennedy
“Capitalizing on the ‘gift’ of a midcareer reversal can be an incredibly powerful exercise with the help of Sander’s book. A must read for anybody excited about a fresh start in life!”
—Christopher M. Connor, Chairman & CEO, Sherwin-Williams Paints
“Career transitions are difficult, but Sander’s thought-provokinginsights and straightforward advice will help the reader preparefor and successfully manage even the toughest transition.”
—Donald Hayden, former President of Global Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb; current Chairman & Lead Director of multiple biotech companies
“Don’t let the size of this book fool you. Sander has boiled down the essentials into a concise book that will give you the practical tools to work through the issues that stand in the way of your success.”
—Robert Smith, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Membership, American Management Association
“Living through a career in transition is like hanging from a trapeze without a net. Sander offers readers the power to truly fly and to do so with a really strong net.”
—DeeDeeDeMan, Chairman & CEO, Bench International Search Inc.
“A step-by-step way to overcome your worst obstacles and come back bigger and better than ever.”
—Clarence Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist
“So many people have been faced with midlife career transitions in recent years. Sander Flaum’s book The Best Thing That Could Ever Happen to You provides great insight into how to tackle this challenge and turn a negative into a net positive for your life.”
—Archie Griffin, President & CEO, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.