Don't Call It Quits: Turn the Job You Have into the Job You Love

  • 3h 38m
  • Shana Lebowitz Gaynor
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2022

There are other—often better—ways to find fulfillment at work besides leaving your job

It can be tempting to fire off a letter of resignation (or at least fantasize about doing so) when you're unsatisfied or unhappy at work. But leaving a stable job can be impractical. And often there are other, less dramatic, ways to get what you want out of your career.

In Don't Call It Quits, Shana Lebowitz Gaynor draws on her experience writing about career development to show how you can more deeply connect to your work, reclaim agency in your career, and find the freedom and happiness you're seeking—without upending your life with a job change. As Shana explains, you aren’t caught between two terrible options: "stick around and suck it up" or leave and hope for something better. You probably have many more choices than you realize.

Don't Call It Quits is your how-to guide for exploring those options. You'll finally be able to turn the job you have into the job you love, with smart strategies backed by scientific research and the real-life experiences of workplace experts including social scientists, HR chiefs, and career coaches to high-achieving professionals.

Packed with tips that show you how to shape your own work experience, Don't Call It Quits delivers an eye-opening look at what it takes to shift your mindset to get more out of your job—and more out of life.

About the Author

Shana Lebowitz Gaynor launched the HR Insider column for Insider and continues to cover career development, leadership, human resources management, and workplace culture. She's published guides to getting hired at Goldman Sachs, features on the hybrid workplace, and an analysis on burnout among American workers. She's also moderated events at the Harvard Business School Club of New York, the ASU+GSV Summit, and the exclusive women's network Chief. Her passion is helping people feel happier at work and reclaim agency in their careers.

In this Book

  • Preface
  • Introduction—The Career Question on Everyone’s Mind
  • Get Unstuck
  • Quitting Isn’t the Only Answer
  • What’s the Real Problem?
  • Do You Need to Find Meaning in Your Work?
  • Different Ways to Approach Your Career with Passion
  • How to Break Down Barriers to Happiness at Work
  • Reshape Your Role
  • Find One Thing You Love About Your Job
  • Explore New Paths to Success
  • You Are Not Just Your Job
  • When Entrepreneurship Calls
  • How to Know When It’s Time to Quit
  • Conclusion—There Are No Wrong Choices
  • Resources I Recommend
  • Notes
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