"The What Color Is Your Parachute? for the millennial generation."


    Ships October 4, 2016 from TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House


    Pre-order today to get a free gift!

    1. Pre-order book(s) (paperback, audiobook, or e-book) from any vendor listed above, before October 4, 2016.
    2. Send your receipt to: preorder@thequarterlifebreakthrough.com.
    3. Bonus gifts will be delivered electronically as PDFs you can print at home. Please allow 3-4 days for delivery. 

    1 book

    Pre-order 1 book and get beautiful goal maps you can print at home and put in your room above your desk:

    -The Breakthrough Goal Map to track all of your breakthrough goals in one place.

    -The Breakthrough Alignment Venn Diagram to make sure your worklife honors your unique gifts, the impact you want to have, a community that supports you, and your desired quality of life.

    -The Breakthrough Weekly Self-Rituals Worksheet to increase the amount of time you spend treating yourself, taking care of yourself, and creating yourself each week.

    3 books

    All of the above plus:

    -The Official 30-page Quarter-Life Breakthrough Workbook with exercises and reflections from the book.

    -Invite for you (+1 guest) to Smiley's VIP Book Release Dance Party in SF or NYC.

    10 books

    All of the above plus:

    -Smiley will send you email feedback on your Breakthrough Goal Map.

    25 books

    All of the above plus:

    -Coffee date with Smiley to discuss your breakthrough and your favorite Seinfeld episode (some restrictions apply, you must be in SF to redeem, travel expenses not included).

    100+ books

    All of the above plus:

    -Smiley will deliver a 30-minute keynote presentation at your organization (some restrictions apply, Smiley's travel expenses not included, not available to colleges or universities, please email for more information).


    This is a book for the 70% of Americans who are unsatisfied with their job.


    This is a book for the 50% of millennials who would take a pay cut to find work that matches their values.


    This is a book for 20- (and 30-) somethings to get unstuck, invent their own path, and work with purpose.


    This is the book I wish I had during my own quarter-life crisis.


    You are not alone. Join a community of believers that will hold you accountable to your dreams.




    “Fresh and engaging, this book will inspire the next generation to lead with purpose.”

    —Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com and New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness



    "I wish this book landed on my desk when I hit my quarter life crisis! I could have saved years of frustration.

    Don't miss your own breakthrough, pick up this book!"

    —Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over



    “Smiley’s words speak to the dreamer and doer in each of us by tapping into that true voice that calls from within.”

    —Elle Luna, artist and author of The Crossroads of Should and Must



    "With wit and candor, Poswolsky shares funny and odd things about himself while at the same time encouraging people who are unsatisfied with their career path to seek out their passion and pursue meaningful work."

    Publishers Weekly



    "The What Color Is Your Parachute? for the millennial generation."

    —Aaron Hurst, author of The Purpose Economy



    “With his triumphant The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, Millennial Adam Smiley Poswolsky earns his place as a major voice of his generation. Pragmatic, philosophical, passionate, humble, delightfully funny, and infectiously inspiring, Poswolsky is a torchlight for those hungry to craft a more purposeful and rewarding adult life.”

    —Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult



    "Smart stuff. Smiley moves past simplistic slogans and offers instead practical and nuanced strategies for succeeding in the noble task of crafting a working life that matters."

    —Cal Newport, author of Deep Work and So Good They Can't Ignore You



    “This awesome book is chock full of smart, practical, relatable, and timely tips for meaning-makers. If you want to make a bigger impact in others’ lives, connect with a community you love, and find greater fulfillment even in an ever-changing career landscape, buy this book. And then re-read it whenever you need to turn a breakdown into a breakthrough.”

    —Jenny Blake, author of Pivot and Life After College



    “With clear stepping stones, The Quarter-Life Breakthrough is an honest and actionable guide for young people who are eager to see and seize meaningful opportunities.”

    —Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice, Stanford University, and author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20



    "Our generation never settles for careers they aren't passionate about. The Quarter-Life Breakthrough is the ultimate field guide to living life on your own terms and creating meaning in your work."

    —Dan Schawbel, New York Times bestselling author of Promote Yourself and Me 2.0









    Smiley is a millennial workplace expert and internationally renowned keynote speaker. He speaks at Fortune 500 companies, international business conferences, universities and graduate schools, TEDx events, HR summits, leadership retreats, and career workshops.


    Inspiring stories, interactive exercises, career resources, and so much more!

    • How to turn your quarter-life crisis (or third-life crisis) into a breakthrough
    • How to escape Facebook-induced FOMO
    • Why you should move from career ladder mindset to a lily pad career mindset
    • How to use your fears as a source of positive energy and motivation
    • How to create your own definition of meaningful work
    • How to find alignment between your work and your purpose
    • Seven secrets about meaningful work the blogosphere will never tell you
    • How to align your mission with an organization’s mission
    • How to find meaning in your current job (even if your current job sucks)
    • How to be a part-time artist and a full-time hustler
    • How to quit your job with intention
    • How to rapid prototype your career
    • Why entry-level experiences are more important than entry-level jobs
    • How to launch a side project and crowdfund your purpose project
    • How to make the ask (even on a bicycle)
    • How to determine your job search priorities and nonnegotiables
    • How to stand out from the crowd in your job hunt
    • How to create a beautiful portfolio website in ten simple steps
    • The top 10 meaningful job search resources
    • Whether you should go to grad school
    • How to embrace rejection
    • How to practice self-love and start dating yourself
    • How to map out your breakthrough goals
    • How to find an accountability buddy
    • 11 lessons in breakthrough hustling
    • How to find believers and build your breakthrough community
    • How to pass the torch to the next generation, and leave your mark on the world




    Media inquiries: Keely Platte, kplatte@penguinrandomhouse.com


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