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James P. Naughton



Jump in and Start Swimming

Remembering the atmosphere of the world during the Kennedy era
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A shocking story of a family’s disappearance, left food on the table gone forever. How Jim and his young buddies escaped possible death. Set in the late 50’s with an early teenage window view of life in a factory town, and catholic school.

Jump In And Start Swimming
(Book excerpt page from Jim Naughton's Billion Dollar Sales Career and Life story) On Sale NOW!

JUMP IN AND START SWIMMING was written as a result of a request from an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island to speak to his junior and senior students, who were beginning to find it difficult to secure jobs/careers after graduation. The 2008 Stock Market Crash accelerated an economic collapse followed by the job market. I agreed to write a “talk” to be submitted to the Dean of Business, however, I found myself writing way beyond the plans. When I final called the professor to come in to the campus and give my “talk”, I was informed of, “how much worse the situation had become since we first spoke”. I also learned that a number of students’ parents had unfortunately been laid off and were about to face the difficulty of paying student loans, especially unnerving, considering that their kids weren’t finding jobs. It was becoming a serious mess, with no end in sight. In fact all three of my grown children had lost their jobs in what was beginning to look like the 2nd Great Depression. At the time, I was initially invited to come in, I had already begun writing a memoir describing my unique careers, along with some family history for my grandchildren.

My parents landed on Ellis Island in the fiercely cold winter during the Great Depression with just the clothes on their back.  I knew their story of course and I was aware of how they survived. With, No Money! No Jobs! No Place Live! No Nothing!  So I thought by sharing their story along with introducing them to my career information, I might inspire the students to “press on” by including real life struggles and overcoming obstacles during what was a scarier time in American History, while introducing them to new career opportunities.

The combination of the two caused my “talk” to evolve into my first book. I just needed a title. I decided on a saying that my mother often quoted, “Jump in and Start Swimming”. It was her way of telling us to “take a leap of faith”, when she saw us stuck or unable to make a decision. As you will learn upon reading my stories, her saying had a profound effect on my life.

Once my readers finished the book, they emailed me, requesting more information about “how I did what I did?”  To accommodate their requests, I wrote “RELATIONSHIPS OPEN DOORS”, which describes the number one technique I employed for over 30 years. The art of building relationships and networking. A SKILL THAT EVERY COLLEGE STUDENT WILL NEED TO LEARN IN ORDER TO SECURE A CAREER!


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