Acknowledgments ix Introduction: My Story and Why You Need This Book xiii Chapter 1 You Don't Have to Wait for Your Dream Career to Be Happy 1 Chapter 2 Eighty-Seven Percent of Employees Don't Like Their Jobs: Here Are the Top Five Reasons Why and What to Do About It 11 Chapter 3 Why You Haven't Changed Anything: Career Fear 23 Chapter 4 What If I Don't Know What to Do? 37 Chapter 5 Career Excuses: All the Reasons You Don't Have Your Best Job Ever! 47 Chapter 6 Career Boredom 53 Chapter 7 Redefine Rich 65 Chapter 8 Why You Are NOT Stuck in Your Career: The Power of Change 77 Chapter 9 What Career and Life Do You Want and Why? 85 Chapter 10 You Can Follow Your Passion Without Quitting Your Job 101 Chapter 11 Career Plan Step #1: What Is Your Job? 113 Chapter 12 Career Plan Step #2: Discover Your Strengths 119 Chapter 13 Career Plan Step #3: What Makes You Awesome at Work? 127 Chapter 14 Career Plan Step #4: One-, Three-, and Five-Year Plan 133 Chapter 15 Career Plan Step #5: The Big "Why?" 143 Chapter 16 Career Plan Step #6: Your Community 149 Chapter 17 Career Plan Step #7: Identify Both Personal and Professional Barriers to Your Success 159 Chapter 18 Career Plan Step #8: Achieving Your Career Plan: The Power of Work 169 Chapter 19 Career Plan Step #9: Return on Investment 177 Chapter 20 Career Change: Try Before You Buy 183 Chapter 21 Money, Finances, and Your Career Change 193 Chapter 22 When Everything Goes Wrong 201 Chapter 23 Start Doing: Take Focused, Smart Actions 211 Index 219
DR. C.K. BRAY is a nationally recognized career and organizational development expert and corporate consultant who speaks and trains worldwide. Working with individuals and a variety of organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to Silicon Valley start-ups, he helps employees and leaders develop skills in leadership, success, engagement, and career development. He also provides free career advice at DrCkBray.com through his podcast, blog, and videos. Dr. Bray lives with his wife and six children in Arizona.