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"...pithy, invaluable guidance to women stymied in the workplace" — O, The Oprah Magazine We are in the midst of a wild job market. Technology has disrupted nearly every industry, blowing up many careers, but creating millions more. Many women feel forced to pivot to stay relevant, while others choose to pivot to keep engaged. Or we may be struggling to get back into the wo "...pithy, invaluable guidance to women stymied in the workplace" — O, The Oprah Magazine We are in the midst of a wild job market. Technology has disrupted nearly every industry, blowing up many careers, but creating millions more. Many women feel forced to pivot to stay relevant, while others choose to pivot to keep engaged. Or we may be struggling to get back into the workforce after taking time off to raise kids. We hear words like hustle and grit and are told we need to think strategically, cultivate our own brands, and sell ourselves. But how do we do that? How do we pivot or radically relaunch our careers? How do we become unapologetically bold and badass—the boss of our own future? Getting ahead today requires the action-first, fake-it-'til-you-make-it ethos celebrated in the tech world. It’s the tech industry that’s redefined our culture, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s those Silicon Valley lessons that can help all women in all stages of their careers succeed. This mindset is not typically a female one. Women tend to be cautious. We overthink our next moves. We might be safer . . . but we're also stuck. What if women embraced the startup spirit? What if we had the confidence to take chances, even if we knew we may fail first? What if instead of agonizing over which step to take, we leapt forward quickly? Fearless and Free empowers women, showing us how to lean into our strengths, increase our confidence, and follow successful lessons from Silicon Valley that can help us pivot in any career—and unlock a world of possibilities. Author Wendy Sachs talked to a wide range of women who faced down fears, roadblocks, and failures to reinvent themselves. The book weaves their insights and experiences together with current research and actionable advice. You'll learn how to: Capitalize on your skills and expand them • Grow comfortable with being uncomfortable • Boost your confidence • Sell your story • Engineer serendipity • Nurture your network • Shake off setbacks • Brand yourself—without bragging • Build momentum • Compete with digital natives • Reposition yourself if you’re reentering the workforce • And more Whether you want out of a shrinking industry or into a business of your own creation, Fearless and Free helps you dream big—and act now.


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"...pithy, invaluable guidance to women stymied in the workplace" — O, The Oprah Magazine We are in the midst of a wild job market. Technology has disrupted nearly every industry, blowing up many careers, but creating millions more. Many women feel forced to pivot to stay relevant, while others choose to pivot to keep engaged. Or we may be struggling to get back into the wo "...pithy, invaluable guidance to women stymied in the workplace" — O, The Oprah Magazine We are in the midst of a wild job market. Technology has disrupted nearly every industry, blowing up many careers, but creating millions more. Many women feel forced to pivot to stay relevant, while others choose to pivot to keep engaged. Or we may be struggling to get back into the workforce after taking time off to raise kids. We hear words like hustle and grit and are told we need to think strategically, cultivate our own brands, and sell ourselves. But how do we do that? How do we pivot or radically relaunch our careers? How do we become unapologetically bold and badass—the boss of our own future? Getting ahead today requires the action-first, fake-it-'til-you-make-it ethos celebrated in the tech world. It’s the tech industry that’s redefined our culture, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s those Silicon Valley lessons that can help all women in all stages of their careers succeed. This mindset is not typically a female one. Women tend to be cautious. We overthink our next moves. We might be safer . . . but we're also stuck. What if women embraced the startup spirit? What if we had the confidence to take chances, even if we knew we may fail first? What if instead of agonizing over which step to take, we leapt forward quickly? Fearless and Free empowers women, showing us how to lean into our strengths, increase our confidence, and follow successful lessons from Silicon Valley that can help us pivot in any career—and unlock a world of possibilities. Author Wendy Sachs talked to a wide range of women who faced down fears, roadblocks, and failures to reinvent themselves. The book weaves their insights and experiences together with current research and actionable advice. You'll learn how to: Capitalize on your skills and expand them • Grow comfortable with being uncomfortable • Boost your confidence • Sell your story • Engineer serendipity • Nurture your network • Shake off setbacks • Brand yourself—without bragging • Build momentum • Compete with digital natives • Reposition yourself if you’re reentering the workforce • And more Whether you want out of a shrinking industry or into a business of your own creation, Fearless and Free helps you dream big—and act now.

30 review for Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot — And Relaunch Their Careers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A few years ago, I was stuck. I couldn't figure out the next step I wanted to take with my career. Luckily, I found a great business coach to work with and she helped me find my path through. For those of you in a similar situation, Wendy Sachs' book, "Fearless and Free," is like sitting with a good friend who is reassuring you that you are not alone with your struggle, and is cheering you on with inspirational tales from other women who've been in the same boat. Because of that, it's not a "her A few years ago, I was stuck. I couldn't figure out the next step I wanted to take with my career. Luckily, I found a great business coach to work with and she helped me find my path through. For those of you in a similar situation, Wendy Sachs' book, "Fearless and Free," is like sitting with a good friend who is reassuring you that you are not alone with your struggle, and is cheering you on with inspirational tales from other women who've been in the same boat. Because of that, it's not a "here's a list of specific action steps to take" kind of book so look elsewhere if you're hoping for that. Sachs offers this in the opening chapter to sum up her goal: The celebrated start-up model of disruption that embraces failing fast and pivoting is not a typically female one. Women tend to be more risk averse. We can overthink our next move and not act until we are 100 percent ready. We may feel like frauds when we're trying something new. Instead of being disruptive, women tend to be more disciplined. And we're often not pivoting--because we're stuck. At times, it felt like Sachs was covering well-trodden ground. If you've already read "Lean In," "Playing Big,""Grit" "Give and Take," and "Presence," Sachs references these books and reiterates their core points so you won't find many new ideas. Having said that, I did discover one new book, an article, and an interesting career service through "Fearless and Free." And if you haven't read these books, this is a great way to get introduced to some great ideas. Ultimately, reading this book is all about encouraging you to move through fear and take action. For those of you who may be in the in-between stage (you know you want to do something different, but you don't know what yet), Sachs shares reassuring perspective from Meredith Sinclair: "The uncomfortable pauses where you think nothing is happening is often where things are brewing," Meredith says. "If we can get friendly with a little bit of discomfort and the process, then it's not as scary. I wanted to know where I was going and see the light in the path. But you have to give stuff a minute to let it noodle. We get too afraid of these unclear places and don't realize that they're a valuable piece of the pie. It would take a lot of fear out of people if they understood that this time is valuable, even if there is not final product yet." Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy for review. All opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Toyin A

    ​ This book is a must read for any woman who constantly thinks of ways to reinvent herself. Wendy touches multiple subjects in this book including the "double bind" women face, the fear of speaking up, opportunities to pivot careers and consistently equipping ourselves. Y'all know I like books with stories. This one has a number of real life stories that many women can relate to. Rating: 4/5 Favourite quote: "Make no mistake—inertia kills confidence. Studies find that the most effective way to push b ​ This book is a must read for any woman who constantly thinks of ways to reinvent herself. Wendy touches multiple subjects in this book including the "double bind" women face, the fear of speaking up, opportunities to pivot careers and consistently equipping ourselves. Y'all know I like books with stories. This one has a number of real life stories that many women can relate to. Rating: 4/5 Favourite quote: "Make no mistake—inertia kills confidence. Studies find that the most effective way to push back against self-doubt is to act."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aman Mittal

    Often these days we see books with catchy covers that are entitled to one half of our species. Then many of us from the other half disown the notion of reading that book even though we know that it will do good to us, we will gather some better thoughts for our intellectual and conscience from that book. There isn’t any gender gap at start when we are naive. It’s a seed sown inside our heads. This is what we teach and preach from then on and that’s how our children begin to differ. And then it b Often these days we see books with catchy covers that are entitled to one half of our species. Then many of us from the other half disown the notion of reading that book even though we know that it will do good to us, we will gather some better thoughts for our intellectual and conscience from that book. There isn’t any gender gap at start when we are naive. It’s a seed sown inside our heads. This is what we teach and preach from then on and that’s how our children begin to differ. And then it becomes a problem. Both women and men are human beings. One species! How can someone differentiate between the workings of the two? I tell you to disown the “disowning notion” right now. Start it today. Start by reading some books like Wendy Sachs’s Fearless and Free: How Smart Women pivot & relaunch their careers. In this book Wendy suggests that we all need to think more like entrepreneurs to seek and seize opportunities. Take risks. Don’t overthink each and every decision you take or make. Simply, just act. Wendy Sachs encounters a wide range of women in this book who have overcome their fears and failures to reinvent themselves and their lives around themselves. Some of the encounters include Jill Ambramson, Aminatou Sow, Naama Bloom of HelloFlo. On seeing the book cover, I got hooked and knew this book would be a good read. From the title or the cover of the book you may think this book is intended towards women and it is, but this book has a general outlook of coping in today’s ever changing surroundings. I would recommend this book to wives and their husbands, to all those people in management and to women in general, to think about Wandy Sachs written words, to manage consistently developing your skill-set and integrating them in your work and life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Paterson

    I really enjoyed this book. I read it in one day and it resonated with me on several levels. It included many examples of how women of different ages and stages had pivoted and relaunched new and inspirational careers. Would recommend

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Downey

    Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c... The subtitle of Wendy Sachs' excellent look at women and their careers is: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers. In it, Sachs tells her own story of the multiple iterations of her career and encourages her women readers to be creative, resilient, and passionate about their career choices and career plans. In story after story, Sachs shows how women create opportunities for themselves—or seize opportunities—and shine in Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c... The subtitle of Wendy Sachs' excellent look at women and their careers is: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch Their Careers. In it, Sachs tells her own story of the multiple iterations of her career and encourages her women readers to be creative, resilient, and passionate about their career choices and career plans. In story after story, Sachs shows how women create opportunities for themselves—or seize opportunities—and shine in whatever career they choose. She suggests that in today's world, opportunities abound for the determined, creative woman. She also asserts that most women will have several careers in their lifetimes, with agility being a must-have skill. She says: "This book is for women at all stages of their professional journeys. Some may be looking for a total relaunch. Others are trying to reposition themselves to stay relevant. Still more may be looking to get back into the game after taking time off to raise kids and need the confidence and direction to take the first step." I kept seeing my daughters, step-daughters, and daughters-in-law in the context of the book. They are all attempting to be resilient, relevant, and challenged. Actually, I saw myself as I figured out what career would best meld with my life as a widowed mother of three. Then, what I would do after I retired from my education career. Actually, I have made 4 different career moves in the years since I retired. At the same time that Sachs is telling all these wonderful and inspiring stories, she is also telling women about how to be successful in a male-dominated world. Her story about Hilary Clinton is a case in point, and it is certainly something that all the women in the country observed in this last election. The question kept coming up, "How is a woman supposed to act?" I appreciated her advice, for example, to stop apologizing all the time. Just tell it how it is. Well, for sure, the world of women is changing rapidly, and Wendy Sachs and her book should prove inspiration for an entire new generation of women who must be agile enough to take advantage of the change as it happens.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hampton

    Fearless & Free focuses on the female in business and demonstrates how to shift our usual cautious thinking into ways that will be profitable in business, both for females as the employee and for the bottom line. This book was amazing and truly inspiring in helping one move towards being fearless and free as a woman in a business world or as a female entrepreneur. My story is varied, much like some of the stories in this book. As a result, I learned, I was inspired, and I breathed a huge sigh of Fearless & Free focuses on the female in business and demonstrates how to shift our usual cautious thinking into ways that will be profitable in business, both for females as the employee and for the bottom line. This book was amazing and truly inspiring in helping one move towards being fearless and free as a woman in a business world or as a female entrepreneur. My story is varied, much like some of the stories in this book. As a result, I learned, I was inspired, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief that others were also in the same boat with me. The writing was clear and easy to read quickly. The stories and examples were relevant and kept the book moving forward. One of the best business books I've read yet!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Siska

    Good for younger women with big resumes Well written and interesting, but all the women discussed have big time resumes and connections out the wazoo. I learned some good things, but as a 58 year old teacher, didn't feel I fit her target audience. I also wanted practical tools and concrete examples. For example when she discussed resumes, it would have been great to have had examples. Good for younger women with big resumes Well written and interesting, but all the women discussed have big time resumes and connections out the wazoo. I learned some good things, but as a 58 year old teacher, didn't feel I fit her target audience. I also wanted practical tools and concrete examples. For example when she discussed resumes, it would have been great to have had examples.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    She shares some great tips but it was over powered by her political statements. Disappointing since this could have been a great book. Wendy also recognizes some great accomplishments from other women that I researched after reading the book. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Stories of wealthy, highly educated and well-placed women who are successful but would have landed on their feet regardless. I want to read the stories of REAL women who have come back from adversity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    I really enjoyed Wendy Sachs take on "thinking outside the box," and reinventing your career. Read my full review here https://journalingonpaper.com/2017/01... I really enjoyed Wendy Sachs take on "thinking outside the box," and reinventing your career. Read my full review here https://journalingonpaper.com/2017/01...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linshu Wang

    In the time of adversity this book gave me great encouragement.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I was already familiar with many of the concepts and individuals covered in this book, via podcasts, online articles, or their own books. That said, this would make a concise introduction to many topics for a new graduate or a woman re-entering the workforce after a long absence. I would love an updated addendum to this edition, as I am curious to see how the author’s predictions of the future of the labor market may have evolved post-2020 and the repercussions of the pandemic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Michelle

    This book mirrored the other books of the same subject (women in the workplace) I've read, but it was still a pleasant, quick airport read. Women's personal stories of failure and resilience spanned from the media veteran who rubbed someone the wrong way and got fired, to the new grad just starting out, but not knowing where to start. Note: It was more story-based than tactical. This book mirrored the other books of the same subject (women in the workplace) I've read, but it was still a pleasant, quick airport read. Women's personal stories of failure and resilience spanned from the media veteran who rubbed someone the wrong way and got fired, to the new grad just starting out, but not knowing where to start. Note: It was more story-based than tactical.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather Willis

    I love this book! It totally pumps me up for pivoting in life vs. being fearful that I'll 'fizz out' eventually. Thank you for this insight and the personal stories. Really inspiring, my book is not legible because of all the notes. I love this book! It totally pumps me up for pivoting in life vs. being fearful that I'll 'fizz out' eventually. Thank you for this insight and the personal stories. Really inspiring, my book is not legible because of all the notes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tammy J

    Some good tips. I thought the author could have steered away from political opinions. She could have made it a bit more about tactics and positive change in oneself. But maybe my expectation of the book was different than the authors intent.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nirupama P.R.V.

    Brilliant! This book has such fabulous advice and amazing examples- it WILL inspire you to forge ahead! My favorites are engineering your own serendipity and crafting your own narrative. Definitely added to my recommendation list.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nurizzati Rohim

    Inspirational! I love to read all these amazing stories from women and how they rised from their failures and refused to giving up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Lots of good resources and stories. This book made me excited about my career and the possibilities.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Webster

    I haven't yet put any of the tips into practice, but book does provide several tips that appear to be useful in career transitioning. I haven't yet put any of the tips into practice, but book does provide several tips that appear to be useful in career transitioning.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Interesting real world examples of how women reinvented themselves and pivoted in their careers, but not much new I haven't heard before. Interesting real world examples of how women reinvented themselves and pivoted in their careers, but not much new I haven't heard before.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittney Johnson

    I listened to this through audible but I still loved the premise. Many women fail to try because we are afraid to fail. This book is full women, who run the gambit from middle class to rich, failing forward and finding a way to succeed. I couldn’t stop listening!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha March

    I have been really interested in reading more of these guidance types of books lately. I often find myself taking notes, taking photos of the screen so I can reference it for later, and chatting with others in the business community about what I’m learning. I’m happy to say I did the same with Fearless and Free. There was a lot of good information in here and I really enjoyed hearing about so many women and their journeys. I wrote down several women to follow up on, research more, and took away I have been really interested in reading more of these guidance types of books lately. I often find myself taking notes, taking photos of the screen so I can reference it for later, and chatting with others in the business community about what I’m learning. I’m happy to say I did the same with Fearless and Free. There was a lot of good information in here and I really enjoyed hearing about so many women and their journeys. I wrote down several women to follow up on, research more, and took away many great quotes. There were moments where the book dragged a bit for me, and it got a little too political for my liking, but overall still a very interesting and useful resource. I received a review copy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Cruz

    https://saexaminer.org/2017/02/22/boo... https://saexaminer.org/2017/02/22/boo...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    I didn’t finish the audio book because I lost interest. She is long winded. She drops a lot of names as if to impress, and she includes her political opinions, which wasn’t what I anticipated or was looking for. I just wanted some quick tips on being confident in the workplace. Most of the points that she did make (and that I agreed with) I already knew from other training, like power posing and not saying “sorry” all of the time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Weziwe

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lucky

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sonia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  30. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Chavez

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