Bill Kaplan Plans for His Next Job
Lucky for him, Bill Kaplan’s job situation wasn’t as unstable as Patrick McCleod’s. Bill worked on developing a personal network, as I suggested, and began job fishing, looking for interesting offers. During his first year on the job nothing came along that provided more than improvements in unimportant factors. After eighteen months, however, that changed. Bill attended a fund-raiser for adult literacy at the local library. There he met and struck up a friendship with a well-known author. At a dinner party at that author’s home, Bill met the owner of a special-interest bookstore. The two hit it off and the owner offered Bill the job as manager of the store, for a 20-percent salary increase. Bill took the job. Six months later he came to me for help in negotiating the future purchase of the store from the owner, who’s planning on retiring in the near future. For Bill, the transition from uncertain college graduate to potential owner of a bookstore in just a couple of years has made him happier than he could have imagined. Firing his boss has turned his life around.
FiringThe Life of
boss can turn
life around as well.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
YOU CAN INCREASE
You can spend less time at work and more time at home with your family.
You can achieve the kind of psychological, emotional, and even spiritual fulfillment you’ve always wanted.
You can feel in charge of your work life.
You can decide when to leave your current job and have a choice of new job offers.
You can feel optimistic about your work future.
You can lead the life of your dreams.
You can achieve all of this by adopting the new set of attitudes toward work I’ve discussed and following the seven simple yet empowering steps I’ve outlined in this book. (See the box on page 198 for an outline of the entire process described in the preceding eight chapters.)