In Jumping the Queue: Achieving Great Things Before You Are Ready Michelle A. Turman shares her story of success with a look toward mentoring young professionals, especially women, in forging their own path in the world. As the founder and president of her own consulting firm, Turman has a wealth of knowledge that anyone looking to achieve their goals can benefit from. In this book you are given the map to your own success straight from a woman who built her own future.
Whether you want to start your own company or just want to be a confident professional, Turman breaks down things to focus on and things to push out of your life in order to make sure you can achieve your all. She breaks down her own journey from college into the present and shares the hurdles she surmounted and the victories she earned through her work. As someone with a strong connection to mentoring Turman aims this book at easily breaking down steps to help you focus on yourself and growing not only your brand, but your confidence and skills. She discusses how to manage your time and how creating goals is key in both your personal and professional life. Within Jumping the Queue she also warns against burnout and shares ways to avoid becoming too work focused. Throughout the book she makes sure to emphasize how important finding mentors and establishing a support system is, which in previous years has been very difficult for women entering certain fields. Turman provides an engaging read full of information that you can use in a variety of ways to help you grow as a person.
Jumping the Queue, while focused on the professional field, also includes an element of passion related to museum work and artifacts. As someone who was captivated by the Titanic I read with rapt attention Turman’s descriptions of the wreckage and her time spent with the for profit group that maintain a collection and exhibit. I actually saw this collection and even touched the interactive ice piece she mentions being added during her time there. Learning more about her time in artifacts was interesting, but also showed an ability to be flexible in your field. Turman found work that she enjoyed and pushed herself outside of her comfort zones to grow her professional toolkit and that is admirable. I strongly recommend Jumping the Queue to anyone who is looking for a way to improve their lives, either professionally or personally.
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