Just the Good Stuff

No-BS Secrets to Success (No Matter What Life Throws at You)

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Pub Date Apr 30 2024 | Archive Date Aug 31 2024

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A deeply personal, authentic, and clear-eyed guide to navigating today’s complex world and building a meaningful, successful career and life—no matter where you start out—from the bestselling author and cofounder of Axios and Politico.

Jim VandeHei’s high school guidance counselor laid it out clearly: VandeHei wasn’t cut out for college. In 1990, you could find him proving the counselor’s case emphatically, preferring beer to books and delivering pizzas to mapping out career plans. He attended a two-year school before smuggling himself into the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where after a year he had racked up a 1.4 GPA and was on the verge of getting the boot.

Everything changed when he discovered his passions: politics and journalism. 

VandeHei went on to cover the presidency and cofound two of the biggest modern news outlets, Politico and Axios, the media companies that upended and revolutionized journalism. He took notes every step of the way. And in Just the Good Stuff, his debut as a solo author, VandeHei writes the book he wishes someone had handed him when he was floundering—not a compendium of conventional wisdom but a real-world guide to achieving that other “good stuff,” health, wealth, happiness, all the blessings and exquisite pleasures we loosely group under that oft used but still under-appreciated rubric—success. 

Delivered in his hallmark no-word-wasted style, VandeHei offers essential, no-BS guidance on how to handle everything from finding a calling to building a team to navigating the realities of a changing workplace, showing us that no matter how inauspicious our beginnings, no matter how far down the ladder we begin, no matter what kind of challenges we face, a fulfilling life is within our reach.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A deeply personal, authentic, and clear-eyed guide to navigating today’s complex world and building a meaningful, successful career and life—no matter where you start...

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Practical advice delivered in a quick and easy-to-read format. While the core takeaways might not be new, the author's behind-the-scenes stories on running start-ups make for a fascinating read. You'll find valuable insights on navigating life, family, relationships, and career. This book would be a good pick-me-up for young professionals starting out in the corporate world.

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Jim VandeHei wastes nothing: not dreams, not words, not a reader's time in the remarkable JUST THE GOOD STUFF. Following on the heels of SMART BREVITY -- another fantastic read -- VandeHei shares pithy lessons, stories, and insights in meaningful, short passages with highlights and callouts, conclusions, and possibilities suggested for the reader to ponder, take to heart, or change around to suit themselves. I deeply appreciated his straight talk, the candor with which he admits less than admirable qualities (having an award made up for him so he wouldn't be the only graduate in the school who hadn't done or been remarkable in any way), and the driving passion to help others learn and master the lessons it took him years to bring to life. I received a copy of this book and these opinions are my own, unbiased thoughts.

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While I knew about Axios and Politico, though can’t claim that I’ve visited either site often, and wasn’t at all familiar with Jim Vandehei, his blurb for Just the Good Stuff most definitely caught my attention. I just had to know how this man who was all but flunking out of school managed to achieve such massive success. First and foremost I loved his writing style. The short chapters, the easy going, easy to understand, conversational tone makes this a book that can be read and understand by anyone. He weaves is own story, his own life lessons, seamlessly into the narrative, covering a wide range of topics. I will say I’d have liked to have had something like this when I was much younger. Some of his advice would really have served me well, especially his advice on being a quitter. Yes, you read that correct. Be a quitter, lol. Trust me it’s not what you think but you’ll understand when you read it. It’s sound advice and something I wished I’d have understood when I was just starting out. I’m now quite interested in checking out Jim’s other book. This is a book I can see myself dipping back into again every so often. I’d like to thank Rodale Inc. | Harmony, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an eARC of Just the Good Stuff: No-BS Secrets to Success.

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