It’s Time to Escape The Career Trap

You have the power to control your career, your future and your happiness. It’s time to love Mondays again!


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Do you wake up energized on Monday mornings, ready to take on the world, or are your weekends ruined because you start to stress about work on Sundays? If you find yourself thinking, What’s the point? then the zombie apocalypse is here, and the undead have invaded corporate life and your career.

There is a way out, and you can reinvent a vibrant career and thrive again. It doesn’t require super-human resolve, and you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room. Ordinary people just like you are turning their career distress into professional success. Join Tammy on your journey to reignite your ambition and never hate Mondays again!

“If you’re looking for ethereal, pie-in-the-sky ideas, Tammy isn’t for you. But if you’re looking to face challenges head-on, dig deep within yourself to find the answers, and chart a winnable path forward, do yourself a favor and spend some time with this book.”

Daniel Cohn

Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Mt. Sinai Health Foundation

“Prepare for the heat—this book sizzles! The principles and tools that Alvarez offers are flexible, pragmatic, and, most importantly honest for one to manage the bumpy and imperfect road to career satisfaction and success.”

Lori Crever

Work Culture Evangelist and Author of Protégé Power: A Roadmap to Mentorship

“The stories, anecdotes, and real-life experiences of successful people in this book combine perfectly with Tammy’s straight-talking direct style, making it an intense learning and mentor experience like no other.”

Simon Bocko

Founder and CEO, Evolve

Escaping The Career Trap Defined

No college classes teach you about the mid-career funk and how to avoid it. Being in this situation is one of the most challenging problems you’ll face in your career. You start to panic because you’ve been sidelined. You worry no one will want you, that you’re too old, and you’ll never make this much money again. You are inadvertently pulling away from the family and friends you love and hobbies you enjoy because you’re consumed with trying to survive the daily grind of corporate life.

This book is a story about career and leadership renewal. You’ll learn why almost everyone eventually becomes dissatisfied with their career, and you will learn how to put an end to the soul-crushing grind.

When you absorb the lessons from each story and master the proven strategies Tammy shares with you, you’ll escape the career trap, get off the hamster wheel, and build a thriving career. Ordinary people say no to the status quo daily, taking small steps to transform their apathy into ambition. Isn’t it time for you to see what it feels like to love Mondays again?

What’s Inside

Part I:


You’ll gain new insights and an understanding of how to:

  • Build your strategy to thrive in a broken system.
  • Break free from the soul-crushing grind.
  • Hone your rule-breaking skills.
  • Become a master at leading through change and uncertainty.
  • Navigate your path forward when you love the mission and hate your job.

Part II:


You’ll gain new insights and an understanding of how to:

  • Design your personalized career success blueprint to identify what you want and how to align with your purpose.
  • Create your vision and strategy and develop a roadmap to success with contingency plans.
  • Learn how to identify and play to your strengths so you enjoy your work more and produce better business results.
  • Tame the fearsome four and shorten the cycle when your inner critic, second-guessing, imposter syndrome, and low self-confidence moments show up to ruin your momentum.

Part III:


You’ll gain new insights and an understanding of how to:

  • Treat your career like a business and make better decisions for yourself.
  • Become a skill-stacking ninja and leverage every asset you have ever acquired.
  • Find your IT Factor and leverage your edge to compete and succeed.
  • Strengthen your power base.
  • Master the art of self-promotion.

Part IV:


You’ll gain new insights and an understanding of how to:

  • Lead your way so you can watch your teams thrive due to your authenticity.
  • Create a plan to thrive during times of chaos.
  • Hijack third-rail projects to grow and accelerate your career.
  • Deepen your ability to pave the way for others.
  • Start loving every Monday again.

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About The Author

TAMMY ALVAREZ is an author, professional keynote speaker, inspirational coach, trainer, epic storyteller, and the CEO of Career Winners Circle. As a former corporate executive, she believes at the heart of every successful business are leaders who inspire courage. She is devoted to advancing ambitious business leaders so they can grow their careers as far as their drive will take them, and continue to thrive once they get there. Her spirited “Break All the Rules” approach blends decades of C-Suite experience on Wall Street with a pragmatic, results-based coaching style to help business professionals create a big impact and love every Monday morning again.

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Question and Answer with Tammy Alvarez, The Author of




Transform Your Apathy into Ambition and Never Hate Mondays Again


Can you give a brief description of your book Escaping the Career Trap?


If it feels like the zombie apocalypse has invaded your career, it’s time to read Escaping the Career Trap. No one prepared you for your mid-career funk or how to avoid it. Before you know it, you dread Mondays, wonder, “What’s the point?” and worry it’s too late for you to change. This book will show you how to break free from the five lies holding you back, play to your strengths, and crush your inner critic. Take ownership of your power to get unstuck, become the CEO of YOU, Inc., and so much more. There is a way out, and you can reinvent a vibrant career and thrive again. This book will take you on a journey to reignite your ambition and never hate Mondays again!


Why did you write Escaping The Career Trap?


Most people dread Mondays and find little to no joy in their jobs. It doesn’t have to be that way, and there are steps you can take to recreate a vibrant career where you look forward to Mondays, know you are making a big impact, and feel the excitement of doing work that matters again. When you lack career fulfillment, it bleeds into every other aspect of your life. The stakes are high, and the rewards go far beyond your next paycheck. No one taught you how to do this, and it’s natural for this to feel overwhelming and unattainable. Escaping The Career Trap is your guide to help you leave the soul-crushing grind once and for all.


Who is Escaping The Career Trap written for?


This book will help everyone who dreads Mondays and feels that pit in their stomach creeping in on Sunday afternoon. It doesn’t matter if you are in a corporate role, are an entrepreneur, or are a business owner. When you stop loving Mondays, it's time to read this book. While everyone has something to learn and take away from the book, the stories are geared explicitly towards mid- to senior-level leaders with 10-15 years left to work and who want to make the remaining time count.


The idea of never hating Mondays again is strong throughout your book. Why is that concept so important?


You deserve to live a life that serves you, and a big part of that is doing work that energizes you. Dreading Mondays is a strong indicator that your career is off track. When you wake up on Monday mornings excited to make an impact, your whole life improves, and so do the lives of those around you. Unfortunately, most people are missing the decoder ring so they can figure out how to disrupt the cycle and get stuck. Everyone deserves to love Mondays, and the book unlocks the mysteries of achieving career fulfillment.


The writing style of Escaping The Career Trap is raw and honest. Can you tell us about your methods?


It drives me up the wall when people beat around the bush and use flowery language. I guess it’s the New Yorker in me. As I was writing this book, I imagined the reader sitting across from me over a cocktail or coffee and thought about how the conversation would flow—the coaching and perspective-building moments made it into the book. I also added a heavy dose of humor and sarcasm. It’s part of my natural style. We tend to take life too seriously and need to have more fun and lighten up a bit.


How did you come up with the title?


At a cocktail party. I was on a rant explaining my business and the problems we help clients solve. I described how incredibly smart and talented people feel trapped in their careers. They feel like people are in an “escape room” activity, and given all these unsolvable riddles, they need to figure out before they can get out. A new acquaintance said, “Hey, that’s a great title for a book.” the rest is history.


What is your favorite passage in the book and why?


My favorite passages are the lessons learned and advice from my clients and colleagues. The book has dozens of stories where people share their journeys and perspectives on navigating and achieving a thriving career. Their insights are incredible. My favorite lessons include: “When you jump, a net will appear. Change happens at the speed of trust. Your mess is your message. If you study success, you will find the clues you need to win and so many more. Including the stories of these talented leaders creates a richness of perspective for each reader.


What aspects of your own life helped inspire this book?


My career didn’t progress traditionally. I never went to college and didn’t get my degree until I was 40. Yet, I found an abundance of success despite lacking a degree and often being the only female and youngest leadership team member. I played the game differently and lived by the mantra, “If you don’t like it, change it.” Having reached the height of my career as a C-suite executive on Wall Street, after a while, I realized it was no longer serving me. So I cashed out, moved to a tropical island in Belize, and started CWC. I’ve spent decades building the skills, perspectives, and experiences that achieve continuous career satisfaction. When I realized so many others desperately needed the skills that came naturally to me, I knew it was time to start sharing.


What can readers hope to learn from this book?


After reading this book, readers will have the perspective, skills, and motivation to break free from the soul-crushing grind and love Mondays again. Readers will know how things work on the inside, what mindset shifts they need to make, specific tactics to use in dozens of situations, and case studies to emulate to create a fulfilling career and continue to thrive.

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