“The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success” by Nicholas Lore gives readers the tools that they need to understand their tendencies and adapt them toward better careers and lifestyles. He points out that many people select dream jobs with core functions that they do not enjoy or are not good at doing. They then feel that something is wrong with them for not enjoying something that they have always fantasized about doing for a living. This guide will help you to find a career that you love to do every day instead of merely liking the idea of it.
Every person has his or her strengths, which the book helps harness toward improving overall happiness and fulfillment. Lore accomplishes this goal through the many self-tests throughout the book. Each chapter also concludes with some exercises, and the lessons learned are well worth the work. For example, you can test your spatial reasoning. That information tells whether you can excel in careers in which you solve problems visually in 3-D. Once you determine your strengths through the tests and exercises, Lore’s wisdom can help you to apply them toward your freshly defined goals. While you will still need to put the work in to get there, the work itself will be more fulfilling.
Readers learn how to enjoy the journey while making the best choices at the optimal times for their particular paths in life. If the job that you are doing now fails to bring you closer to your dreams, then Lore’s guidance may be what you need. He does not get hung up on inspirational talk but provides solid advice in the style of a workbook. For anyone who is ready to do the work, this book can bring you a great sense of clarity about your career goals. You might be surprised by what you learn about yourself.