winning through career change steve preston

An interview with Steve Preston, author of Winning Through Career Change

Hello, and welcome to the Thursday Throng. If you’re contemplating a change of scene in employment then my interview this week, with Steve Preston, may help you move along that path a little. His book Winning Through Career Change has been endorsed by non-other than personal development guru, Brian Tracey.

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

When I was 23, I upped sticks and went on a big adventure, travelling through SE Asia onto Australia, where I spent a couple of years living, working and travelling. I applied for residency, which was going through but became homesick for the first time ever. I eventually returned home, after travelling back across Australia on a double decker bus then more time in Thailand and Hong Kong.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

This review appeared out of the blue on Amazon: I would highly recommend this book to anyone going through redundancy and also questioning their current work situation. For me it was as my review heading suggests ‘life changing’. Going through a redundancy situation after 24 years with the same employer, the only job since A-Levels – it was a challenging and emotional time. I used Steve’s book to dip in and out of… It helped me understand the emotions were quite normal. It also helped me consider what would make me happy in the future and also gave me courage to seek something different… not just jump into another job for the sake of it, as many people do. I have used parts of this book to help others who have been in a stressful, unhappy work situation to rethink their lives. It may appear a cliche to some, but this is our life… not a practice run, so we need to do what makes us happy and fulfilled! Buy this book or the related Career change one – you won’t regret it!

OR being most proud and humbled having my book endorsed by the great Brian Tracy, world renowned Personal Development guru and author of over 70 best-selling books, who said “Changing jobs for any reason can be the great turning point in your career and life. his excellent book shows you how to make the rest of your work life the best of your work life” 

How did you choose a title for your book?

I was keen to continue the theme of a ‘Winning Through’ series, as people seem to like this. As this book is solely focused on how to make a successful career change, Winning Through Career Change was the obvious choice.

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Repurposing my first book Winning Through Redundancy, due to repeated cajoling from my initial publisher, clients, friends and contacts. When I eventually got round to it, this was nothing like as easy as everyone thought! I replaced a good third of the book and rewrote this from the perspective of people choosing to change careers, rather than it being enforced by redundancy. Also weaved a new case study through each chapter, which added great value to the book but was hugely challenging!

Have you had to learn new skills and tricks or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished?

For my next book on Portfolio Careers, I was really struggling to overcome procrastination, due to the challenge of turning the dozens of pages of transcriptions from around 20 inspirational interviews, with potential case studies, into meaningful and compelling content for readers.  In the end, I decided to join an August Book Challenge, organised by a contact of mine, who is now a book mentor and coach. The task was to write 10k words, during August. As a result of the support, I had already achieved this, just by working through the pre-challenge videos. By the end of the challenge I had written over 60K words, completely changed the themes for each chapter and repurposed most of the case studies!

Do you have any favourite resources you would like to share with our readers?

Brian Tracy’s the New Psychology of Achievement audio book set. It is the most brilliant and inspirational work on success strategies in life. He has the most remarkable talent for making the complex, practical and easy! I have shared this with many clients and friends over the years. Likewise, at the opposite end of the spectrum, ‘Who Moved my Cheese’ by Dr Spencer Johnson. This brilliantly clever and simplistic short book, uses the characters of mice and cheese, as a metaphor for change. It has achieved cult status around the world. I would love to be able to write a book like this, with clever use of characters.

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winning through career changeWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT steve AND HIS BOOK?

You can find Winning Through Career Change in Kindle format here:

You can also catch up with Steve on his website here: steveprestonthecareercatalyst.com/

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