The book successful people wished they had read when starting their career.

(It would have saved them a lot of time and missteps!)

No matter what line of work you are in, your advancement and ultimate success will largely be determined by earning the reputation as a true professional. But do you really know what it means to be one? Many people stumble through their careers and eventually stagnate because they fail to achieve this stature.

A True Professional explains the 6 qualities and 30 specific behaviors necessary to rise to the top of any profession. Acquiring the qualities and practicing the behaviors will cause decision-makers and influencers to:

  • Hire You
  • Promote You
  • Invest in You
  • Associate with You
  • Recommend and Refer You

On first blush, you will find A True Professional a quick read and immediately useful in planning your rise to prominence. After fully consuming the lessons, strategies, and tips, you will find yourself referring to it throughout your entire, esteemed career. It will be your blueprint for career success and an immutable guidepost for life success.

For more information about the book, please see the Foreword, Preface, and Table of Contents.

Meet the Author

Michael O’Donnell, author, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor to many, has raised tens of millions of dollars in venture capital and built several successful companies from scratch. He helped pioneer all-new industries and led prominent startup accelerators. Mike also specializes in mergers and acquisitions, orchestrating multi-million dollar exits for his clients. He credits his success to acquiring the qualities and practicing the behaviors of True Professionals.

Mike is an angel investor who has invested in and advised dozens of startup companies. He is a trusted coach and confidant to aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs alike. He is the author of several best-selling books on business planning and marketing planning, and is a popular blogger and speaker on all things startup.

Mike’s latest passion is championing the principles of professionalism with the Millennial generation. The 6 qualities and 30 specific behaviors for career and life success were taught to him by his first boss and mentor. Over a 35-year career, he practiced them and perfected them to rise to the top of his profession. He shares these universal and timeless qualities, along with real life examples and strategies, in his latest book, A True Professional.

Mike attended the University of Florida and completed the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. He is the father of three children, who continue to be his biggest achievement and source of pride. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with the love of his life, Patty, and their adorable Maltese Poodle, Moxie.

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