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Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  54 reviews
This welcome antidote to the fusty, no-longer-relevant career guide answers an old question—"So, what are you going to do with your life?"—in a groundbreaking way. From the team behind the inspirational TV series and campus and online resource, it is presented in a motivational format that gets young people excited to think deeply about how they want to enter and thrive in ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Chronicle Books (first published March 31st 2015)
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Christopher Lawson
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Project #4 is a Stroke of Genius

ROADMAP is a book filled with practical ideas. The physical appearance of the book is a little deceiving. At first, I actually thought it was some type of coffee -table-type book. You know, the kind of book that has lots of glossy pictures, but not really much substantive information. Well I was completely wrong. This book is not anything like that.

A key themes of the book is to figure out what they call your "foundation." This is the thing you really love to do.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, nonfiction
“We have to become the authors of our own internal mantras and replace toxic messages of the Noise with positive messages of empowerment. Believing in yourself takes practice, and a mantra helps.”

Full disclosure: this book was given to me as part of my orientation when I started working at Roadtrip Nation this past week. I’ve never read any sort of self-help book before, and I likely never would have picked this up if I hadn’t spent the week talking with my new coworkers and realizing that they
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Roadtrip Nation's "Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life" is an excellent guide on exploring opportunities for the future. It includes interviews, questions to answer, advice on sorting priorities, exercises and references to sites that may be beneficial to those who are trying to figure out what they want to do in the future.
The guide includes a lot of illustrations and graphs to help readers visualize different aspects regarding planning for one's f
Mindy Conde
This was a good book, inspirational and provided a more freeing view of life paths, but it was a slow read for me. It was really heavy on quotes and examples and started to read like a laundry list after awhile. I could relate to a lot of the points and it was interesting, but not earth shattering.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
LOVE the formatting, the pics and diagrams etc. Some of the message is a bit repetitive, but I think since it's obviously aimed at college students, it repeats for a reason.
Jon Tran
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway for free. As someone a year removed from college and not exactly on the path I saw myself traveling at this point, reading this book couldn't have come at a better time. This book collects great life and career advice, interviews with professionals who have succeeded in creating their own roads, and ways you can "leave the Assembly Line life." I would have loved a book that covered just one of these three aspects of how to live your own life and fin ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway for free.
I must say I am loving this book. I have not finished the entire thing and am reading a few chapters between other titles I am reading. The formatting is great very readable with great stories of paths that people have taken that are not the ordinary. Love the way u are shown so many different paths that lead to personal fulfillment in each individual life. Every store and every question leaves you with an introspective look into your own l
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a fantastic read. I loved the format of the book and the layout. It has loads of interviews from people that have forged their own paths, but the interviews are the perfect length. The book also has activities to help you to know what to do next. This would make a good book for someone graduating high school, college, or even just someone stuck on what to do next. I highly recommend.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Still reading this book....I feel that it is a book that should be read slowly and really taken in. Fantastic so far and thought provoking. It's not often that I write a review before I am finished with a book, I just simply could not wait to say how happy I am to have this book and how helpful I feel it is. Won via Goodreads Giveaway.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-finished
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I don't know if I'll finish; I read a good chunk in one weekend with no internet and no other books, but it makes me angry. No matter how many people they interview who found their own path, there is at least a thousand who tried and wasn't lucky. Also, we need those thousands to do the boring, mundane jobs.
Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
If you feel as if you're not pursuing your purpose in life (and perhaps don't even know what exactly it is), then you need to read this book! It's changing my life for the better. Review to come.
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstread-books
I received this book at part of the goodreads giveaway program. It is written in a workbook format with many engaging mental exercises.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Roadmap is an upbeat, creative way to seek your individual career path. The authors began Roadtrip Nation searching for alternative career choices for themselves. What started as their own journey turned into them helping many other people find their own way. Using creative steps to help you identify foundational truths, the authors take you through key interests and motivations to help you think outside the box and to stop listening to all the voices telling you to settle for ordinary. They als ...more
Medjie Sophie
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was interesting, inspirational and full of great advice as well as an eye opener. My only issue was it had too many interviews with too many people although with different personal stories but who in the end add to the same conclusion: do what you dream of. It was a bit of a slow read for me especially for the first part but I still recommend the book to those who don't know what to do of their life at some point.
Lauren Branning
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read, helped me a lot with finding my goals, intentions, and how to plan it out. Whether my plan works out or not, they champion the idea of being flexible with your future. We never know that what we want to do will work out or not, and if it doesn't be creative and find another way. I loved that about this book. Recommend checking it out from your local library.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book inside the bookstore and I knew I had to buy it after the first chapter! It’s an easy read that’s very insightful and inspirational. There are lots of amazing stories of successful people across different industries. It can get a little cliché at times but I didn’t mind it.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was instrumental in helping me gain the confidence to live the life that felt right to me, the life that I was passionate about. It's an easy read but charged and inspirational. I recommend it to seniors in high school and college, as well as anyone who feels a little stuck.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really opened my eyes to a lot of options for my future and helped me keep an open mind about different opportunities I might come across in my life. I highly recommend this to all ages, I'll personally be using as a gift for people in the near future.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
An awesome twist on the typical "career" guide, Roadmap instead focuses on finding your passion, figuring out WHY, and then applying that to lifelong work. Featuring interviews with visionaries from all walks of life (tech, sports, art, and more) and exercises to get your brain going in order to personalize the questions, this book is perfect for people wondering "what am I doing with my life?" - young and old.
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really thought I'd like this book, but I didn't. It felt choppy. I would have liked more complete stories of each journey instead of the thoughts and pieces of the journeys sprinkled here and there.
Cole Andrews
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Changed my entire life. Please pick this book up today.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A pretty good motivator with some fundamental techniques to identify passions, but written towards a bit younger audience I feel like. If you get past the overarching social media references, it's pretty okay. May motivate me to do something.
Candice German
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When two post-graduate students deck out an RV and set out on the road with the best intentions, a roadmap movement was created to provide a meaningful guide to discovering who we are. The reader is bombarded (in a good way) with various iterations of disembarking the “assembly line”, a path filled with the noise of what you shoulda, coulda but will not do with your life. Ironically, this book breaks down a person by their interests and motivations, building them up, defining them and shaping th ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice design. Interactive (so you'll have more fun if it isn't a library book and you can write in it). I like the message: do what excites you or feels right, expecting a slow build of skills and connects that may eventually lead you to an exciting and fulfilling career. The 'it'll all look like it was a clear path once it's in the rear view mirror' outlook, which I think fits this accelerating culture better than most exploratory career thungamajigs. It's more grounded in reality than the usual ...more
Kayla Asher
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this is going to be one of those books i continually reference.
it was THAT helpful, informative, and encouraging. literally how was i able to read this golden information without paying more or selling my remaining years or something?
everything you want this book to be- it is.
not only is it informational, its also practical. it gives advice, examples of that advice, and leads you to people who have taken (or mostly, invented) the advice to show you it really works and how it can be applied to yo
Kim McGee
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wish this book had been around when I started college. To be given permission to follow your dreams not other people's dreams for you is a valuable gift. This workbook style book includes examples of real people from all walks of life with unique stories to encourage and inspire. Sometimes opportunities fall into our laps and sometimes we have to search for them but Roadmap encourages all of us to delve deep and search for personal happiness, meaningful work and to follow a personal path to re ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
To be fair, I skimmed a lot of it. The most helpful parts for me were the projects--I believe I will try all of them. However, I wish I'd bought this book instead (I checked it out at the library). It's a workbook that encourages you to write, scribble, & doodle to your heart's content. I had to use my sketchbook to write down valuable key points & other activities. That being said, there's a lot of filler in here. Many of the people interviewed I could not relate to. Other than that, it really ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I guess it's the message I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. We're living in an age where we shouldn't think that we are merely confined to a life on a track - there is so much freedom and possibility, and it's a matter of being introspective and self-aware enough to imagine alternatives that may not even exist at the present. While it does read like a book a recent college grad millennial would purchase from Urban Outfitters, I needed to know that just because I pursued a career trajecto ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Part journey into Roadtrip Nation RV experience, part inspiration, part self-help. The book had me smiling through most of it. Actionable exercises to bring out the best you, professionally and personally. If you really dive into the steps and take action, your path will become more clear (on paper). You have to take action to make it come to life!

Roadtrip Nation not only delves into the stories of those they have met and interviewed while RVing, but also their own
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Roadmap is a great book that makes it clear that by continuously challenging yourself you'll be both better prepared for life and enjoy it more. Time is changing and trying to stay attached to the old ways will probably be extremely hard if not impossible.
But I feel the book suffers though of a fundamental flaw: in the attempt to prove the points made, the majority of featured interviews is with people whose success is defined as wealth or fame. And I don't believe these are the only ways to de
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