Recommended Reading: Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide For Figuring Out What To Do With Your Life


Whether you’re a recent college graduate, riding the roller coaster of a mid-life crisis, or fresh into retirement and looking for life’s next adventure, you’ve probably at some point stopped and asked yourself, “What am I doing with my life?”

Luckily for anyone living through a career crisis, there’s “Roadmap,” the self-described “get-it-together guide for figuring out what to do with your life.” The guide is written by Roadtrip Nation, a company founded when three friends (co-authors Brian McAllister, Nathan Gebhard, and Mike Marriner) took a post-graduation road trip together to figure out what they were meant to do with their lives. Their goal was to talk to as many people as possible and figure out the secret in creating a happy and meaningful life; 15 years later, they have built a successful business around that goal.

Roadmap is divided into three separate categories: Let Go, Define, and Become. The three categories symbolize the three most important aspects of figuring out your life. The first step, Letting Go, emphasizes the importance of letting your past and everything that’s held you back previously, go. Step two, Define, demonstrates the different ways you can build confidence while defining what you want your new life to entail. The third step, Become, is all about what it takes to finally become what you want, instead of wistfully fantasizing about it.

Roadmap is designed as a “do it yourself” guide and provides a number of surveys, quizzes and activities to help you calculate the best route for your lifestyle. Overall, the message of the book is inspiring and encouraging. The authors stress that uncovering the secret of what to do with your life isn’t easy. However, with its collection of personal stories and advice and the volume’s ability to resonate with readers scattered across the work-life spectrum, Roadmap makes the journey to finding personal and professional satisfaction just a little bit easier.

~ Katie Woo, communications assistant, ASU Alumni Association.