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Bosses are maddening. Colleagues are profoundly irritating. And balancing family and work is daunting. So how do we balance success with sanity? How do we progress without burning out? 

Whether you're drowning in a toxic working environment, battling burnout, recovering from redundancy or just struggling to figure out what you actually want from your career, I'm here to help coach you through the shittiness of your work day and help you shift your relationship with your career.

Having worked at giant corporations like Google (where my days consisted of aggressive bosses, complimentary pastries and lots of tears) and scrappy start-ups like The Pool (where I was editor in chief when it all went pear-shaped), I've been through a lot of stressful and downright ridiculous work situations that have given me a lot of insight and experience into the wider problems with modern work, but more crucially, how we can help ourselves in this broken system.

Drawing from lessons learned in my own career and interviews with career experts, as well as individuals from different industries and levels of experience, How to Work Without Losing Your Mind is a relatable and reassuring guide to the messy, stressful and sometimes bizarre side of work that we simply don't talk about enough. It's your tonic after a long hard working week, where you've ugly cried with your colleagues and are exhausted from endless video calls - and are wondering what the hell to do next. I can't fix your job, but I can absolutely help you decide how best to deal with it (even if that means quitting).

©2021 Cate Sevilla (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"An invaluable guide to surviving professional life. Cate Sevilla is insightful, inventive and so supportive." (Viv Groskop)

"Entertaining and practical; moving and funny and, most importantly, a helping hand from someone who's been through it." (Emma Gannon, Sunday Times best-selling author)

"A timely and provocative book that is at once empathetic about the challenges work presents and empowering on how to overcome them." (Bruce Daisley, author of The Joy of Work)

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Must read for anyone who works

Actually full of brilliant and solid advice. No wishy washy ‘mantras’ and ‘gratitude’ journals. I’d advise anyone, no matter your where you are in your career or of your employed/self employed/ looking for work, you will find this book useful.

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Great book

I found myself nodding along to the majority of this book and Cate includes lots of anecdotes that I think most of us have had happen to us. Some good advice even if, like me, you've had your fair share of bad luck in some work roles.

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Hilarious with so many light bulb moments

The title stood out to me instantly. I often feel like I’m losing my mind at work, and this was fantastic. I’ve bookmarked a couple of bits that I found downright hilarious. So many times through this book I found myself saying “holy shit, she’s right!” It’s lighthearted, and not told in a preachy way like a lot of these books can be. Cate Sevilla is relatable, hilarious, and an absolute genius. I’ve recommended this book a million times over already.

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This should be in every working woman's toolkit

Whatever stage you are at in your career, this book is stuffed full of thoughtful, empathic, no nonsense advice on how to navigate the workplace. It made me laugh so much in places which was an unexpected joy. The book also has a really excellent resource guide which I found very helpful. This is a book for now and always. My daughter and friends all will be receiving this as a gift.

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So useful

What a great book, covers loads of topics and scenarios to help you get the most out of work.

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The book you have to listen to for career and job real talk

This book is exactly what I needed to hear after a year into the pandemic and having Cate talk in a relatable way made it feel like a very knowledgeable and wise mate was helping me out of a sticky spot.
I cannot recommend it enough and have ordered the actual book so I can have it to reference back to.

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Relevant, compassionate, thorough, useful

Well written, well narrated, and full of insightful pithy nuggets of wisdom. Highly recommended!

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This woman is really whiny.

I couldn’t make it past the first chapter. The complaining about me micromanage totally rubbed me the wrong way. I’m a manager, if I’m checking up on someone, it is most likely because that person is not getting their work done.