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How to change...
your life,
your career,
your business,
+ find your purpose.

The ultimate guide to reinventing how you live, work and lead, backed by cutting-edge science and inspiring true stories.

We all want – or need -- to change our lives at some point. That's especially true today, when millions of us are rethinking our priorities and searching for more meaning in our jobs, following the profound disruptions of recent years. It's prompted in us the urgent need to pivot, to ask the question:


What’s next - and how do I get there?

From knowing when to “jump” to the need for an “expert companion,” in Next!, bestselling author and journalist Joanne Lipman distills hundreds of personal interviews along with the latest science to answer this question. Through irresistible storytelling and meticulous research, Joanne takes us inside successful career reinventions and the necessary steps – search, struggle, stop, solution – to get to the other side. And she provides a toolkit of a specific dozen strategies that will help you get there. Instructional and inspiring stories include:


  • James Patterson, one-time frustrated ad executive who went on to become one of the world’s best-selling authors.

  • Former government insider Ina Garten who walked away from Washington, following her passion as a culinary and cooking expert.

  • Today show contributor Kathryn Finney, who traded her bargain shopping segments for Genius Guild, establishing her as one of the most influential Black technology investors and entrepreneurs in the country.

  • Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd who reinvented her career following a lawsuit accusing her boss of sexual harassment.

  • Massachusetts phone company repairman Chris Donovan who parlayed his obsession with footwear to design magical women’s shoes (and yes, some do incorporate coaxial cable parts in the heels!).

At its heart, NEXT! offers a thrilling argument: that by harnessing the science and understanding the process, we can better understand how to reinvent that new career, change the direction of our lives, or inspire innovation in our organizations. It provides a toolkit that shows how to make meaningful transitions – large or small –and to figure out for ourselves what’s Next!

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James Patterson,
No. 1 bestselling author,
Along Came a Spider

“NEXT! is brilliant. It’s an invaluable handbook to help you climb out of that lifestyle or job rut, or make the jump to a second or third career, or take a big breath and reach for the stars.


Katie Couric,
No. 1 bestselling author, Going There 

"Next! is the book everyone needs right now--inspiration to embrace change and a push to take control of your future. ".


Adam Grant,
No.1 bestselling author,Think Again, and host of Re:Thinking

“Success and well-being depend on learning to anticipate and ride waves of change.... (this) engaging book is filled with useful ideas for rethinking your next steps.”

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