My birthday was this week. Received many, many well wishes from friends all over the world, including a phone call from my Swedish friend* currently living in Turkey. She's been there for four years, working for an economic organization to help spread capitalism to the third world (latest target: Kazakhstan. She says it's worse than how Borat described it). Another friend, whom I met during my professional stint in Beijing, made the leap from television news to being an infrastructure and IPOD consultant (whatever that is). I know she comes from a pretty well-connected family: her mom is some kind of professional networker who connects people stateside to China and, I guess, everywhere in between. (In fact, my friend's [much-hated] cousins are socialites who are regularly featured in Vogue China.) So I think that's how she ended up doing what she's doing and making serious dough.
I'm not a self-help fan, but this book has been a huge eye-opener. She not only describes why people like me are always itching for new challenges, but that we don't necessarily have to start at the bottom if we decide to take on a new industry. She gives really practical advice and encourages diversifying your skills, especially considering how volatile the job market is everywhere. Lobenstine also says that while it is important to focus on a few things at a time, you shouldn't feel pressure to commit to any of them.
The book really is empowering (and I realize how schmaltzy that sounds). I didn't realize I had so many sellable skills or there exists people who also have my brand of curiosity, indecisiveness, and craving for stability. Great book, I highly recommend it!