Normal Gets You Nowhere

Years ago I picked up for free a copy of the Kelly Cutrone life-and-career guide Normal Gets You Nowhere.

The author is Sicilian like I am and works in the fashion industry.

Her book title should be taken to heart as a truism.

The definition of normal is:

“Of or having ordinary or average intelligence; conforming to a standard or type; free of mental defect.”

Does being ordinary or average sound appealing?

One of my mantras is: Be innovative. Not a copycat.

My contention is that you won’t get very far in this lifetime trying to change yourself to fit into a mold of what other people think is acceptable.

Doing this you’ll make yourself ill.

It’s the foolproof route to a doomed career trajectory to have to work at job where you must act false to yourself every day.

Dare to be unusual in your method for achieving fulfillment, which will lead to your inimitable version of success.

Enjoy your quirkiness. What makes you different gives you an advantage.

Finding and succeeding at having a job you love is possible.

I have had this kind of career for over 19 years.

In the next blog entry I’ll talk about the number-one book I’ve read that got me thinking about doing what you love on a job.

Chris’s Preference for Blogging

My preference is for blogging as opposed to using Facebook.

I’ve removed the link to my Facebook author account from my Christina Bruni website.

Even though I’m technically a public figure on the internet I couldn’t keep up that Facebook page.

I don’t have it in me to make Mark Zuckerberg any richer.

Besides, I want to earn the big bucks myself because there’s always a new pair of shoes that this Fashionista could use : )

The Working Assets career forum like all my other blogs will be a judgment-free zone.

I’d love to have you join me in exploring career themes geared to those of us who are wired differently in the head.

And hey, there’s no shame in this.

The blog I’m keeping here is the new place for readers of all stripes and diagnoses and life challenges to come together united in our vision that recovery is possible.

The information here is for peers who have the desire and ability to get a job and succeed in doing that job.

Won’t you join me?

Ciao Friends

In June 2000 I obtained a Masters’ in Library and Information Science (MS) from Pratt Institute. Since then I’ve been a professional librarian in an urban public library. Ten years ago I found my niche in career services, helping library customers find jobs that use their skills and interests. In the last 10 years, upwards of 85 percent of the individuals I’ve coached have gotten job interviews that led to job offers. For five years I operated my own LLC as a career consultant.