Nov. 28, 2020

Own Your Career, Own Your Life by Andy Storch: why you need to take more responsibility for your career, and your life

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About the Book

"Own Your Career Own Your Life'' is an incredible reference manual for every person who wants to design a life they are truly proud and joyful to live! With stories that will engage you and make the book impossible to put down, resources that will become a part of your daily life, and ideas that will spur you on to a more successful life and career, this is the very next book you need to read!


About the Author

Andy Storch is an author, consultant, coach, speaker and facilitator specializing in helping clients turn strategy into action and people doing the best work of their lives. Andy’s purpose is to love and support his family and to impact the world by inspiring people to stop drifting, take control and live life with intention.

Andy is also the host of two podcasts, including The Talent Development Hot Seat and Own Your Career, Own Your Life (previously the Andy Storch show), and the co-founder and host of The Talent Development Think Tank Conference and Community.

Andy is also the author of the book, Own Your Career Own Your Life.

Andy has taught strategy, sales, leadership, finance, and innovation to business leaders all over the world including companies like, Oracle, Google, Box, Toyota,, State Farm, Red Bull, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, HP, Sony, Bechtel, Cisco, Tiffany & Co and others.

Andy is a partner with Advantage Performance Group. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business where he served as President of the MBA program in 2008 and a BS from the University of Florida (Go Gators!)

Most importantly, Andy is a husband, father and friend who is on a mission to get the absolute most out of life and inspire others to do the same.

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BIG IDEA 1 (5:25) - Ask for help

Nobody is building a career or life alone. You need to ask for advice from mentors and coaches or look for informal ways of asking for help, such as asking people specific questions by email. The important thing is you have to take initiative, as you never know where it might lead. 

In the book, Andy shares examples of some of the challenges he’s overcome and how he did that by asking for help. There was a time Andy asked for sales advice from his friend and he ended up getting a whole new job. 

The important thing is you want to know what help you are asking for, and ask for it well. Go in with a plan, structure an outcome you’re looking to get and then ask the right person for help. This means you might need to expand your network.


BIG IDEA 2 ( 7:33) - Prioritise what matters

You need to prioritise the actions you need to achieve the change you’re looking for. Andy gave examples of exercises, activities or thought provokers at the end of each chapter. He also talks about the important steps of setting goals, vision and strategy to achieve what it is you want to create.

What you need is to prioritise the action that you need to take to create that change and improve something in your life. It comes down to the idea that nothing changes if you don’t. And what got you here, won’t get you there. 


BIG IDEA 3 - Take responsibility

This is the fundamental message throughout the whole book. Without responsibility, things will just happen to you. During the time of COVID, Andy looked at what he could control. What are the things that clients need now? How can I still serve them and do a great job?

He also gave some examples in the book of some of the toughest feedback he received earlier in his career. His managers thought that it might not be the right role for him or the company structure might not be a fit for him. But he thought about how he can improve and what he can do about it, rather than just feeling like a victim.

In the book there was a ‘no complaining challenge’. How much stuff are you complaining about that you could either ignore, let go or do something about? There are plenty of examples in the book about taking more responsibility like learning new skills before you need them, building your network, and doing things before you’re told to. 

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