Outsiders on the Inside Book: Advice for the Less Than Conventional
I get a lot of requests to review books. I’m a reading addict with books all over the place, an Audacity account for my IPOD and of course my Kindle. You can’t get to all of them, but I’m really glad David Couper’s assistant Loetta stayed on me to read this one. It offers advice I haven’t found in other books in the job hunting / career changer advice space.
The Outsiders on the Inside: How to Create a Winning Career…Even When You Don’t Fit In! title gives you a good idea of what to expect, but it’s not as good as the cover. There they feature a row of dark suits standing in a row. Then they insert a guy in between them standing on his head wearing a bright orange sweater and jeans. Good word picture.
The book is NOT about conforming as you would expect. It’s about taking your unqueness and making something of it. The book sets the stage by calling out example after example of people who didn’t fit in and succeeded anyway. For example,
- Ben and Jerry, the ice cream guys, were Jewish college drop outs and failures. They made a point of being “green” when it wasn’t all that popular.
- President Roosevelt was in a wheelchair most of this life which he kept out of the public eye. No ones been elected as many times as he was.
- Ellen DeGenerous came out of the closet when she had a very successful TV career. It tanked as a result, but the very fact that she came clean with her audience about her personal life later led to the success she has today as an even bigger star.
Couper gets very practical evaluating your uniqueness so you can consider your options. This includes topics such as self-discovery, marketing, overcoming obstacles you are likely to find and how to sustain this success long term.
I’m going to put together a few other articles on this over the next several weeks taking a few of the topic a bit more in depth so we can get into the nitty gritty.
For now, I recommend this as a resource for someone needing to:
- snap out of the “I don’t fit in syndrome,”
- explore options in their career they may not have considered and
- consider options outside the box.
Hope this helps.