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by Tess Vigeland

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This is not a how to book on leaving your job and starting new career. It is a personal memoir of Tess Viegland's journey from being the host of NPR's Market Place to becoming a freelance journalist speaker radio host. This is the anti (in place of rather than opposition of) What Color is Your Parachute. The reader is invited to learn from her journey and the journey of others who have left their current jobs without having another job lined up. This more a psychological travelogue than a point to point trail map. If you are think about reinventing yourself or have already had the I am quitting talk with your boss this book offers emotional support and some practical insights. The book is a tale of do as I say but not as I did moments. It has stories of women and men who tired to follow their dreams and lived to regret their choice. Yet it takes the reader one crucial step further and shows what happened to them after the soul crushing defeat, and how they lived afterwards. The prologue and the chapter titles in themselves function as an overture to the emotional and practical Tess and you will be taken on. ( )
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Until recently, Tess Vigeland was a longtime host with public radio's Marketplace; it was a rewarding, high-status job, and Tess was very good at it—but she'd begun to feel restless. Without any definite, clear sense of what she wanted to do next (but an absolute certainty that what she'd been doing was no longer truly satisfying), she walked away from her dream job and into a vast unknown. Suddenly she was no longer “Marketplace’s Tess Vigeland,” she was just Tess Vigeland.
 
For the multitude of Americans who change jobs mid-career (by choice or circumstance), the growing legions of freelance workers, and the entrepreneurially-minded who see self-employment as an increasingly more appealing and viable option, Tess Vigeland has created a personal and well-researched account of leaping without a net. With her signature humor, she writes honestly about the fear, uncertainty, and risk involved in leaving the traditional workforce—but also the excitement, resources, and possibilities that are on the other side.  
 
Leap is also about finding a new definition of success. Tess poses the important question – “Who am I without my job?” She shares the accounts of people who struggled with this question before and after they took their own leap of faith, and ended up finding out more about themselves than they’d thought possible. Success doesn’t have to be measured by salary or a traditional career path, as so many of us are conditioned to think, but by your own happiness and fulfillment.
 
Part memoir and part field guide, this book offers a funny, thoughtful, and provocative look at how to find satisfaction and success when pursuing a career less ordinary.         

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For the multitude of Americans who change jobs mid-career (by choice or circumstance), the growing legions of freelance workers, and the entrepreneurially-minded who see self-employment as an increasingly more appealing and viable option, Tess Vigeland has created a personal and well-researched account of leaping without a net. With her signature humor, she writes honestly about the fear, uncertainty, and risk involved in leaving the traditional workforce, but also the excitement, resources, and possibilities that are on the other side. Part memoir and part field guide, this book offers a funny, thoughtful, and provocative look at how to find satisfaction and success when pursuing a career less ordinary.… (more)

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