Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward twenty-seven-year-old misfit, navigated her way through New York media and became a boss—an editor-in-chief, an editorial director, and a vice president—all within little more than a decade. Her book, Weird In A World That’s Not, asserts that being outside-the-norm and achieving real, high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if the perception of the business world often seems otherwise, even if it seems like only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward.
Part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That’s Not offers relatable advice on how to achieve your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Romolini helps you face down your fears, find a career that’s right for you, and get and keep a job. She tackles practical issues and offers empathetic, clear-cut answers to important questions:
- How do I navigate the awkwardness of networking?
- How do I deal with intense office politics?
- How do I leave my crappy job?
- How do I learn how to be a boss not just a #boss?
- And, most importantly: How do I do all this and stay true to who I really am?
Authentic, funny, and moving, Weird in a World That’s Not will help you tap into your inner tenacity and find your path, no matter how offbeat you are.
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Table of Contents
Part I Find Your Weird
Chapter 1 Kooks 3
Chapter 2 School Daze 17
Chapter 3 Unhappiness Cloak 21
Chapter 4 Let Your Dreams Slap You in the Face 31
Part II Embrace Your Weird
Chapter 5 Don't Fake It Till You Make It 47
Chapter 6 Persistence, Resistance 77
Chapter 7 Surviving Yourself 95
Chapter 8 What No One Tells You about Work 113
Chapter 9 The E Word 145
Chapter 10 How and When to Quit Your Shitty Job 163
Chapter 11 Fashion Magazines When You're Not "Fashion-y" 187
Chapter 12 What I Wish I Knew 197
Part III Weird in the World
Chapter 13 That #Boss Life 205
Chapter 14 Check Yourself 235
Chapter 15 Mentorship Matters 247
Chapter 16 Regrets, I Have One 253
Chapter 17 Get a Life 263