What is a careergasm and how can I get one?

Sarah Vermunt can help you with that. In her 2017 book, Careergasm: Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work, she inspires us to get excited about our work, in a 'gasm' way. 

There is nothing like a good book to get me fired up! So many great ideas. Inspiration. A book can change a life.

So I decided to see what is out there to help us find a good work fit. In the next 3 blog postings, I am going to review 3 awesome books that crossed my path. Each has a different style and approach but are full of great ways of looking at the problem. 

From fear to meaning to oh-so-many options, the authors have delivered some meaty ways to get you into work that matters. 

Let's dive in.

Photo by Anushila Shaw

Photo by Anushila Shaw

Sarah Vermunt begins with the definition.

“A careergasm happens when your work feels good. Really good. Like a groovin’ Marvin Gaye song.”

In this entertaining and refreshing book, Vermunt gives valuable tips and thoughts to get you on your career path. From helping you to look for the clues of what you want to fear and resistance, it is a great tool for navigating through career shifts.

Vermunt encourages us to activate our inner toddler to connect with what we are passionate about. She gives some inspiring examples of people who are leaning into their obsessions and fascinations and how that has taken them down a path they might not have expected.

She tells her readers to find their secret ingredients. “Forget about working from someone else’s recipe. Make your own.”

Two sections of the book stand out in terms of what stops us from moving forward – The Resistance and Fear. “We often resist what we desire most.” Resistance, she explains, is trying to spare discomfort.

In the section on fear, she quotes Jim Carrey who says, “so many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.”

In Vermunt’s distinct way of expressing herself, she says, “What you want to do is move from a meh to a hell yes, bring it on!”

Other topics she tackles are:


Sketchnoting Careergasm

Sketchnoting Careergasm

“We almost always fail to calculate the risk of NOT taking action.”


“Who’s the boss – you or money?”

Plan B

“My entire life has been a series of Plan Bs.” and then she adds, “Thank goodness.”

Careergasm is a fun read, full of motivation and great thoughts to get sh*t done.


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