Invent Your Own Path

How do you actually find meaning in the workplace? How do you find work that makes your heart sing, creates impact, and pays your rent?
After realizing that his well-paying, prestigious job was actually making him miserable, Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky started asking these big questions. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough provides fresh, honest, counterintuitive, and inspiring career advice for anyone stuck in a quarter-life crisis (or third-life crisis), trying to figure out what to do with your life. Smiley shares the stories of many twenty- and thirty-somethings who are discovering how to work with purpose (and still pay the bills).

Brimming with practical exercises and advice, this book is essential reading for millennial career changers and anyone passionate about getting unstuck, pursuing work that matters, and changing the world.


Subject: Adult, Pub. Date: 2016-10-04, Book Id: 41, ISBN: 978-0143109525, Print Size: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches, Print Length: 224, Category: Self-Help, Nonfiction

Adam Smiley Poswolsky

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ADAM SMILEY POSWOLSKY is a millennial workplace expert, keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough (TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House) and The Breakthrough Speaker.

Smiley helps companies attract, retain, and empower millennial talent, and he has inspired thousands of professionals to be more engaged at work, through speaking at companies like Unilever, IDEO, Facebook, Salesforce, Genentech, Deloitte, SAP, Pinterest, and MailChimp. An internationally renowned motivational speaker, Smiley speaks about millennials, employee engagement, and intergenerational collaboration at Fortune 500 companies, business conferences, leadership trainings, and universities. His TEDx talk has been viewed over 500,000 times, and he has done hundreds of speaking engagements, reaching over 50,000 people in 10 countries.

Smiley's writing has been published in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Quartz, Time, and Business Insider, and his work has been featured in USA Today, Inc., Mashable, Forbes, VICE, CNN, CNBC, Cosmopolitan, MarketWatch and the World Economic Forum, among others.

In 2017, Smiley launched The Women Speaker Initiative, a community that aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women and POC speakers are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues. The group now has over 1,000 members.

Smiley is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University, and can usually be found dancing in San Francisco, California (or in an airport en route to a speaking gig).

Instagram/Twitter: @whatsupsmiley