Career Fear (and how to beat it) by Somi Arian

Transformers of a modern age might not know career fear, but if you’re here, now, you probably recognize this fear all too well in your own life. Somi Arian conceptualizes this ideology, centering the basis of her theories on the Ned Ludd theory which gave flight to the Luddites of the mechanized era. Her ideas come to life in the transformative nature of this book.

She recognized a problem and researched ways to combat the problem with valid solutions. A man vs machine kind of concept that really puts some weight behind the fear. Transforming any fearful situation into a solution required applicable thought a consciousness and awareness of principle vs concept. She lays it all out in an understandable process that creates awareness first of the problem. Then second, she adds defining moments of options that can become solutions.

By injecting philosophic ideology into the mix, Arian opens the doors to environmental realities that will dynamically change the outcome of behavioral sciences. By actively addressing the fears, she makes the awareness a huge part of the transformation, alleviating the problem that arises when fears are left out of the equation.


“If you think your genes and environment determine your destiny, there is not much you can do to improve it. Conversely, if you believe that you can impact and shape your experiences, you are more empowered to do so.” Arian directly links a person’s theoretic belief of destiny vs personal choice to life outcome. This along is significant in today’s rigid model of awareness where some believe they are stuck in the muck their genetics created. The reality is that you can become anything you choose to be, but you have to take personal action to do so.

Arian discusses sets, what you believe to be true as opposed to those very real truths that you can change most anything about your situation if you choose to do so. There are few basics that you have absolutely no control over. Which reminds me of the man who was born without any legs or arms. He’s become quite trendy on media because he’s made choices that were above and beyond anything that was expected of him.


I didn’t see mention of him in her book, but his story is exactly the kind of personal choice, responsibility, and overall empowerment that she presents. Arian offers glimpses of various kinds throughout the book. Her glimpses look into the hypothetical options and examples that could be outcomes if one takes on a different view of their life.

She plays “What if…” and lets you fill in the blank.

This one size does not fit all concept of introducing ideas, solutions, and possible answers, works. I found her mindset options to be compelling and revealing at the same time. She teaches dynamic values of making your own choices and learning how to make better choices.

This book is definitely on my recommended reading list, and will be mentioned whenever I know someone is looking at possible career changes for their lives. It’s a great solution finder, and I believe it would help many career changing professionals to find the right path!

by John Davis, posted by Clay Burton