Spruce up your professional life!

13 Apr

By reading this book…

“The next thirty years are going to be the most interesting in the history of mankind. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to live them as a spectator or a protagonist.” This and more is on the front cover of the book Los proximos treinta años (the next thirty years) by Alvaro González Alorda, that I have just finished reading in Spanish.

The objective of this book is to help one redesign their professional life, make decisions that will change the pace of your professional career.

It offers many ideas: how to keep at bay time wasters, growth tips, networking and having a mentor. (It is regarding his mentor that the author says in the front cover that he did a Google search that changed his life). It is such a pity it is only available in Spanish. But to get the feeling, I am sharing a bit of what he advices in the last chapter:




  • Don’t conform yourself to being a good professional, specialize and aim for excellence
  • Find a master with whom to design your goal
  • You will need lots of discipline, practice
  • Be among worthwhile professionals
  • Friendship is a task that requires effort, cultivate it
  • Create a personal brand
  • Design your business model
  • Eliminate energy wasters
  • Use the social and professional networks with a clear and consistent strategy
  • Improve your communication capacity
  • Ask for feedback
  • Have an ambitious plan for your next sabbatical
  • Learn to work out of the office
  • Take initiative
  • Struggle to have a balanced and rich life in all dimensions
  • Confront adversity with optimism, transforming it to experience
  • Don’t conform yourself to a comfortable life, dedicate the next thirty years to changing the world. Safe journey.

2 Responses to “Spruce up your professional life!”

  1. maziedazie April 19, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    It is always easier to take advice rather than act upon it.

    • mary April 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

      I agree. Just as it is easier to talk than to listen. However, a conversation requires both, just like overcoming life’s hurdles needs taking advice and acting upon it.

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