Life Kerning: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life
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Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life
A new job can be an exciting time in a person’s life, but if they think jumping from one job to the next will help them find happiness in their career, and life, they are mistaken.
There is a common misconception that positive change in one's life only comes from a complete system overhaul, but Justin Ahrens, author of Life Kerning: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life (Wiley; Paperback and e-book; October 2011; $29.95; 978-1-118-06782-6) invites business leaders and professionals to not only reassess the various spaces and goals of their lives but to rethink their understanding of career/life balance altogether.
Ahrens, a graphic design professional, takes a commonly known design industry term, kerning, which is the fine-tuning or adjustment of space between letterforms (type), and applies this concept to both the life and career of business professionals. Ahrens explains that great design comes not in the lightning strike of a brilliant idea, but in the painstaking process of refinement. And so it is in life that the achievement of excellence comes not in broad strokes but in deliberate and incremental change.
“In our business careers, we tend to think sweeping or wholesale changes need to be made to enable us to more deeply appreciate our lives or our jobs,” says Ahrens. “Yet it’s often the fine adjustments between the smaller details of our lives that we neglect or do not revisit often enough that tend to make the headlines of our lives seem uncomfortable, not as harmonious as they could be, or just hard to read. This perspective applies to individuals in all careers, without question.”
Using insights and observations from both the creative and professional world, Life Kerning guides readers in determining what they’re passionate about, and then how to keep those passions in the forefront of their lives and careers. The book explores strategies to apply to one’s life and career that will allow readers to:
- Determine what they are passionate about, and how to keep those passions in the forefront of one’s life and career
- Reach out to others strategically and trust the collaboration process
- Create space in life and add enjoyment to day-to-day existence
- Develop critical decision-making skills
- Establish an inspiring and motivating workplace environment
- Learn how and when to ask for more
- Embrace your curiosity, and become a catalyst for positive change
- How to cultivate and maintain a group of wise mentors
- Live a life that fuels one’s work, and work in a way that fuels one’s life.
No matter what profession a person is in, it's necessary to continually reevaluate one's personal goals and one's work goals. Life Kerning is filled with bite-sized tidbits, advice, exercises, and easy-to-read, memorable chapter themes to assist readers to engage and retain the information they absorb.
“From time to time, all of us need to assess our personal and work lives to see whether they are feeding each other or fighting each other,” adds Ahrens. “This book is about you - the business owner, creative director, worker bee, creative problem solver, or just the person whose life is a little out of whack and needs a nice realignment.”