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October 8, 1938

Yours to Venture: A Book About Your Future

JAMA. 1938;111(15):1402-1403. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790410058027

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This is an interesting, challenging book. The thesis is well expressed in the title. The author sees about him a changing world in which new values are replacing the old and in which each individual can find or make a niche for himself, provided only he finds out what he can do best, is willing to venture forth on confidence in his analysis of that ability, and prepared to give of his best, including free "sampling" of his ability, for the reward which he desires. The author believes that in order to get what one desires one must first know what that desire is—in his own terms, one must write a "specification" for one's future in definite terms and then go about fulfilling the specification. He divides individuals not into groups of employers and employees or into doctors, lawyers, merchants, mechanics, farmers, vice presidents or advertising managers but into classes

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