About Smiley 

Adam Smiley Poswolsky is the author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, a bestseller and #1 top-rated job-hunting book on Amazon. His new version will be published by Tarcher Perigee (Penguin Random House) on Oct. 4, 2016.

Smiley has inspired professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work as the former director of community engagement for the Hive Global Leaders Program, and previously as director of The Bold Academy. Smiley is a mentor for the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation, and a teacher for General Assembly and The Passion Co. He is also an 10-time counselor for Camp Grounded, a summer camp for adults where grownups go to unplug and be kids again. 

Smiley has spoken about finding meaningful work at Fortune 500 companies, international conferences and leadership development programs, universities and graduate schools.

Smiley writes stories about purpose-driven millennials who are making a positive impact in their communities. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Forbes, and GOOD, among others. He previously worked as the special assistant to the director of global operations at the U.S. Peace Corps.

He is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University, and can usually be found dancing in San Francisco, California.

Media inquiries: Keely Platte | Penguin Random House | kplatte@penguinrandomhouse.com

Literary agent: Lindsay Edgecombe | Levine Greenberg Rostan | 212.337.0934

Speaking inquiries: Use contact form below

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Smiley's Purpose 

My work is for anyone who ever heard, "That's not possible, you can't do that, you're not good enough, you're too young or too old, you don't have the money or the connections, it's too late," and took a deep breath, listened to their heart, and went out and did it anyway

Four years ago, I quit my comfortable, well-paying job, with the intention of not living one more day failing to reach my full potential. Since then, I've embarked on a journey to pursue meaningful work and surround myself with believers who are also pursuing their dreams. I write and speak about the joys (and challenges) of living in alignment with your true self, working with purpose, and being a creative. 

My purpose is to help all people find work they care deeply about. In doing so, I want to build transformative communities and companies where changemakers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and leaders, can create a more innovative, sustainable, and compassionate world. 

It’s true that many millennials are very privileged, but I’m in the business of helping people use that privilege with intention. To take the opportunity, the knowledge, the access they have, and use it for something more than just earning a paycheck, for something more than just a 9 to 5, for something more than just a job, for something more than just a fat savings account and a round of golf at the age of 65. To realize that meaning comes not from personal gain, but from service.

Millennials already make up the majority of the world’s population, and will soon control the majority of its assets. I believe empowering millennials to find meaningful work is essential to solving the world’s most serious problems; climate change, income inequality, access to health care and education and jobs, and the ability for everyone regardless of where they’re born to reach their potential.

I hope your quarter-life breakthrough (and third-life breakthrough, and mid-life breakthrough) bring you closer to who you are, the types of people and experiences that make you come alive, and the change you want for the world. 

I wish you all the best on your journey to meaningful work! Please let me know how I can help. 


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