Thanks to a comedy of errors on a print run, I have a surplus of roughly 500 copies of The Rat, the Race, and the Cage, my book on career planning and decision making. Don’t ya love publishers? Anyway, I asked if they could just be sold like the rest of the inventory. The answer was “Tom, you can do that and make more per book, because at this point the cost to you is zero per copy. BUT, knowing your charitable side, it made sense to mention that you can also give them away to a worthy organization .” OK, NOW I get it… and I like the idea of helping some organization out and I am going to do that. But I also thought – why not let my network of colleagues and friends know and see if they know of a few worthy organizations as well?
If you know of a group (college class) or organization (career support group) that could benefit from receiving some copies that they will, in turn, give away, then drop me a note. Just help out with the shipping (books are heavy) and I’ll happily send them your way. Let’s turn the printing issue into a benefit for people who could use a little career advice in the form of a free book for their career bookshelf.
About the book:
The Rat, the Race, and the Cage shows readers how to make better career decisions through a little self reflection. The book presents readers a simple model to better understand the three components of their job: the function, the industry in which they work, and the type of company for whom they work. Analyzing these three things enables the reader to define a “personal career compass” that helps them make better career decisions about job changes.
The Rat, the Race, and the Cage is about finding direction, whether the reader is a college grad or caught in a mid-career rut. What we do for a living can be more than just a way to pay the bills. We can find fulfillment and personal satisfaction in our work by making better career decisions – and the book provides information that, one hopes, echoes the advice from career counselors, mentors, managers and knowledgeable friends.