Harness Your Butterflies
Pressdock Publishing (2020)
Reviewed by Colette McNeil for Reader Views (11/2020)
“Harness Your Butterflies: The Young Professional’s Metamorphosis to an Exciting Career” by Benjamin Preston is a work of nonfiction that purports to provide advice for young people entering the work force in office and project-based business environments. Mr. Preston introduces the reader to concepts of the work experience such as harnessing anxious energy – “Butterflies, ” knowing your strengths, learning from your mistakes, using adversity to your benefit, getting along with coworkers, and finding your own authenticity within in your professional endeavors.
Mr. Preston presents clear and concise information about the circumstances that one may find themselves in when entering the job market in a business-related field. His structure is well organized and filled with essential concepts to understand about navigating the work environment. While the information is accurate and timely I found myself wishing for more. The information feels like a good outline filled with pithy facts that requires a bit more depth. That said, I am encouraged by his direction and his intentions in supporting young professionals as they embark upon their life journey to finding their career. Perhaps his hurried approach will speak to the young generation he has targeted, as they may find themselves in need of guidance without the time to delve deeply into the subjects.
A particularly charming aspect of “Harness Your Butterflies” is the inclusion of personal anecdotes and little stories of how the author and coworkers navigated to topics being presented. These tales brought life to the information and allowed me to better envision using concept being discussed. Further, Benjamin Preston writes in a very supportive voice and is encouraging to the young professional audience he has targeted. He highlights many potential pitfalls, encourages workers to sidestep them when they can, and rise back from those they fall into. With sections like “Challenge Your Assumptions” (pg..125) Mr. Preston promotes a growth mindset for his readers and encourages acceptance, diversity, and the openness to widening one’s perspective.
“Harness Your Butterflies: The Young Professional’s Metamorphosis to an Exciting Career” presents an upbeat attitude and a positive approach to supporting young people entering the work force.