and life. Along with providing many real life success examples, Combs does a good job in
anticipating the arguments against his ideas and answers them. ‘Major in Success’ has some
great advice as well as some major flaws. The ‘aim for the stars’ mentality is good in fairy tales,
but in today’s cut throat job market, job searching individuals have to pull out all the stops.
Combs does not go into depth about his own success, nor does he really describe situations
surrounding an ordinary students success. Overall, a lot of the advice Combs illustrates comes
from a good place and is relative, and although useful for some, may be completely improbable
Combs coins the term ‘extraordinary drive’ (3) and explains that the difference between
mediocrity and greatness is not family or intelligence it’s this inner drive. Combs explains in this
book a well know, but not always followed, philosophy that we should do what we want to do,
not what is expected, standard, or necessarily safe. This is something I agree with to an extent.
I do believe that if one really does thoroughly enjoy what they do and they ‘discover their best,’
(7) then they will be more happy and efficient in their professional and personal lives. However,
in an economy like this it may not be economically possible or responsible for everyone to do
only what they want to do. This advice is good, but not always practical.
The statement that ‘your choice in major doesn’t dictate what careers you’ll be able
to enjoy’ (16) is a statement in which I agree, with some implementations. I think that what
ones degree is in is a good deciding factor for an employer’s decision on which person to hire,
in that they want to make sure that the person they hire has some pre-existing knowledge in
the field. Since each job is different, and many of the knowledge needed for a job is acquired
in-house, there is flexibility in each degree, but some preliminary knowledge is vital. With
some experience from my sister, who acquired a degree in photography and now works in
advertising, and my father who is a dean at a well respected college, many employers do not
look at what your degree is in, just that you have a degree.
‘Be true to your heart,’ and solely picking a job that offers the most ‘enjoyment,
satisfaction, and learning (26), not money and/or benefits is good, but not very realistic job
solution advice. Although money should not be the sole factor in choosing a job, it has to be
a main one. For me it’s about finding a balance in doing what I enjoy, and earning what is
acceptable. If I have to compromise and maybe take a job that I may not thoroughly enjoy but
pays enough to feed my family, it would be insensible to not take it, at least for the time being.
The ‘six big fears’ (39) and the ‘five prescriptions for fear’ (40) is good advice and
excellent self motivators as well. All of the fears, from the fear of poverty to the fear of
failure, are all fears that I have now and have regarding my future. The prescriptions are good
advice to help aid these doubts and illustrate the epitome of self-help. My only quarrel is
that I wish Combs wrote more about real life examples from ordinary people and how these
prescriptions ‘cured’ their fears.
The chapter on studying abroad, ‘Great Escapes,’ does a good job in explaining the
benefits of working abroad, and how to go about it. Combs does however fail to mention
the cons and troubles that can go along with working in another country other than one’s
own. Chapters 9, 15, and 20 offer good advices on lines for ones resume, how to do research
on jobs/industries, advice for interviews, and how to conduct an interview plan. One major
disagreement I have with chapter 9 is how this chapter puts a high emphasis...