I’ve never been a buyer, much less a fan, of the publishing genre known as self-help. Whatever the specific topics addressed, these books generally strike me as bogus in content, pandering in attitude, annoyingly full of feel-good platitudes and strategies that ultimately prove to be anything but helpful. It was only after hearing several people I know, and know to be discerning readers, give high marks to “Carry A Paintbrush” that my curiosity got the better of me. So I broke down and bought a copy, fully expecting the usual disappointing claptrap. But those expectations were (happily) dashed once I began reading–and found myself riveted, page after page. Susanne Goldstein has produced a pithy, witty, supremely savvy, and invaluable tutorial on…well, on far more than just finding a job. “Carry A Paintbrush” is about identifying and shaping the career of your dreams, the one that utilizes your particular skills and talents in the course of working at what you love–and getting paid for it, too.
by Courtney Farrell