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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever known that you needed to make a change but felt unable to do anything about it? Have you ever felt like you aren't where you are supposed to be and wondered how the people around you managed to find their purposes in life?
After realizing that his well-paying, prestigious job was actually making him miserable, Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky started asking these big questions: 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?
In The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, Smiley 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 their lives. He shares the stories of many 20- and 30-somethings who are discovering how to work with purpose (and still pay the bills). With practical exercises and advice, this book is essential listening for career changers and anyone passionate about getting unstuck, pursuing work that matters, and changing the world.
©2016 Adam Smiley Poswolsky (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC
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Critic Reviews

“Fresh and engaging, this book will inspire the next generation to lead with purpose.” (Tony Hsieh, CEO,; New York Times best-selling author of Delivering Happiness)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-07-17


The Quarter Life Breakthrough has so many helpful pieces. It's validated many of my own feelings of needing a breakthrough and I'll be listening to it again soon. I like the simplicity of the book and the activities that it has. Also, really enjoyed that the author was the reader of the book. Thanks Smiley!

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5 out of 5 stars
By JHirsch on 10-13-16

Love this practical, applied (yet still inspiring) read!

There are a lot of ways to get information about what you should do next-- I would recommend reading this book.

Each chapter is full of practical, applied activities to help you explore who you are, what brings you meaning, and build what you want for your next step. At risk of being boring or formulaic (aka: like many other self help books aimed at this audience), this book remains inspiring and supportive. It brings hope without impulsivity, ubiquitous advice while remaining individualized. It is truly a remarkable book.

In addition, listening to the audiobook provides an additional closeness/support from the book that might be missed in text. As a remarkable speaker, Smiley does not disappoint in his reading of the book. My only advice would be to print off or look at the extra materials on his website as you go along so you can do the activities.

This book started making a difference in my life the minute I ordered it. It is a reminder that you don't always have to get exactly where you're going (or even know where that is) you just have to take a step in the right direction.

Recommending it to oodles and oodles of millenials and beyond!

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