Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots
The days of sticking with a single career path until our golden years of retirement are gone. In the last ten years, the world of work has changed significantly. But the career advice you've been given since you were a kid hasn't.
Enter Nicolle Merrill, four-time (and counting) career-changer, professional reinventor, and author. In Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots, Nicolle translates the future of work into a roadmap to a better career and professional empowerment.
Grounded in her belief that our careers are like a Choose Your Own Adventure book--full of possibilities, new paths, and the occasional surprise--Nicolle helps readers evaluate their careers like mini-futurists. You'll discover a new career that fits your lifestyle, learn how to attain the skills needed to thrive in the workplace of the future, and go on a professional adventure or two--regardless of your age or your industry.
Read this book. Your future self will thank you.
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Early on in Punch Doubt in the Face: How to upskill, change careers,
and beat the robots, Nicolle admits that professional reinvention is an act of
rebellion. This book provides a helping, but not coddling, hand to those who
want to make a change. Its grasp on reality, empowering tone, and dash of
humor combine to create an accessible and supportive guide to the rebellion that
is changing your professional trajectory.
Consultant and Founder, The Defectors
Punch Doubt in the Face is the salted caramel of career management books.
It's readily available, delicious, and mandatory reading. While it paints a
candid picture of current and future work, this is no tome of gloom and doom.
The overarching call to mine your curiosity to become a more agile worker is
inspiring and actionable. I felt like she read my diary and used it to slay my
--Allegra M. Sinclair
Founder and Chief Encouragement Officer,
Your Giant Within Coaching
Nicolle Merrill's new book, Punch Doubt in the Face, sweeps away the confusion
and last tendrils of 20th-century work hegemony, and ushers the reader
into the new world of grabbing ownership of their professional life. Each
chapter is written authentically with research-backed guidelines to propel current
professionals to create career changes that resonate with the current and
future business trends, along with specific options on how to keep learning. It is
a life map that reminds each of us to, "Follow Your Curiosity." I will definitely
be using this as required reading for all our incoming students and alumni.
Chief Diversity Officer
Associate Director, Career Development
University of California, Davis--Graduate School of Management
Powerful and playful, this book encourages us to both laugh and learn--
exploring ways to evolve our careers and pursue fulfilling life paths.
--Joan Palmiter Bajorek
Founder of Women in Voice
At last! A book about how to prepare practically for the Future of Work we all
keep hearing about. Nicolle, a former Yale career coach, gives really excellent
advice and guidance about how to navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
I read a lot of career books, and this book is so timely, as we not only need
to think about how we reinvent ourselves as the world changes, but also we
actually need to do something! It is time for action and Nicolle shows us how.
Co-founder of The Career Farm and
co-author of Taking Charge of Your Career
Punch Doubt in the Face cleverly combines trend data, story, and practical
steps to help career-changers embrace the future of work and thrive in the
uncertainty. If you're struggling with a mediocre career and are looking for
some novel insight, this book is a must-read.
CEO, Career Thought Leaders Consortium
and Resume Writing Academy
Rarely do we see such a witty, honest, candid look at the ups and downs of navigating
today's complex job market and "career" journey. I've never been one for
chess, but with the right attitude and an understanding of the true state of play,
Nicolle makes it clear we can all take charge of the board, play to our strengths,
develop new ones, and thrive in the workplace of the future...starting NOW.
Founder of Harbour84, a platform to connect today's agile
workers with workspaces to help them thrive