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Product Details

  • Series: The School of Life
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250030692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250030696
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Self-Help Books for the Rest of Us."—The New York Times

"In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better."—Alain de Botton, The School of Life Series Editor

"The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge."—The Independent on Sunday (London)

"This is a book that is both clever and prescriptive without being preachy: it makes you think about work in a new way, as well as offering real exercises and solutions for people who are looking for more fulfilling work."—Los Angeles Review of Books

“An inspirational self-help book with an intellectual pedigree.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Leaving your job in search of more fulfilling opportunities is one of life’s most intimidating jumps, and Roman Krznaric’s How to Find Fulfilling Work is an indispensable handbook.”—Peter Holmes a Court, Australian Financial Review


About the Author

Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and founding faculty member of The School of Life. He advises organizations, including Oxfam and the United Nations, on using empathy and conversation to create social change, and has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading lifestyle philosophers. His works, including The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live and The First Beautiful Game: Stories of Obsession in Real Tennis, have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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It is a short read, and I got a lot of great ideas from the book.
Gavin
If you are looking to make a career change, but are unsure what you want to do this book is perfect.
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The book provides detailed descriptions of each of these elements in concrete and pragmatic terms.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Paola Arriaga Gro on May 8, 2013
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This book is not only about guidelines for finding a new job, but it is also a brilliant pathway to discover different sides of your own self. I highly recommend this book to those who feel lost and are looking for a better life for themselves but don't know what should be their first step. This wonderful book helped me to overcome a state of melancholy and gave me the incentive to try again and keep moving forward. It is inspiring and shows the actual possibility of living a life happy!!! It is one of the best books I've read so far.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mark guay on August 29, 2013
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I found this book at the college bookstore that my wife attended because the title intrigued me both looking back at my career and having kids starting their careers. I wondered if there would be any information that was "new and improved" to use the old cliche. I started reading it and, quite frankly, could not put it down until I finished it. Easy read. Great insights. Well researched. And reiterating the concept that it is more about creating yourself, rather than discovering yourself, is probably the biggest concept that many people get so wrong but the author got so very right. A must read for everyone, regardless of what stage of the career journey you are in now.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PJnVA on August 2, 2013
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I am taking a "radical sabbatical". I just didn't know it until I read this book. If you are looking to make a career change, but are unsure what you want to do this book is perfect. It doesn't provide lists of careers based on personality types or tests, it provides guidance on how to do the job research based on your interests. It helps you come to terms with possible salary changes and education requirements. I'm thoroughly enjoying the process and wish I'd found the books years ago or at the very least 4 months ago when I first lost my job.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vederonica on May 31, 2013
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The book pacts a lot of valuable career wisdom into a nugget and offers some wonderful experiments so that we stand a better chance at finding that elusive dream job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L Miller on January 8, 2015
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This book is not at all specific to entrepreneurs, as suggested by one reviewer. There is mention, certainly, of self-employment and how it might fit some people's needs rather well, but there also are examples of people who found fulfilling jobs by working for others. The book does not attempt to narrow down options to just one approach -- quite the opposite.

This is one of the most palatable books I've come across on this subject.

It is not about how to do your resume, or what your profile should look like on LinkedIn -- if that is the type of advice you want, look elsewhere.

Instead, it is a thoughtful discussion about the handful of attributes that appear to make work fulfilling; why it is so difficult to choose a career (I found this context surprisingly helpful); and some ideas on how to figure out what might work best for us, individually.

I particularly like that it is fairly short, somehow managing enough depth to be more interesting than many books on the subject, yet keeping to the essentials and thus avoiding overwhelming the reader with too much information or too many things to do.

I also appreciated the endnotes (useful and short) and the suggestions for further reading (ditto).

Quite worthwhile, especially if you want something besides another brash "here's how to be freakin' awesome" book that is really fit for only one personality type, or a task-focused "here's what to do next" career/resume fix-it manual.

Helps you feel less alone in the struggle and frustration, and offers an accessible approach to finding what would work better.
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This book really should say that it is for people later in life. Most of the examples were how to get out of a mid-life crisis, not about what to do if you are fresh out of college. Even still it was well-written and provided some cool ideas on how to beat mental block in what kind of jobs you would like to try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael George on April 6, 2014
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I thought Mr. Krznaric provides an excellent exploration of what it might mean for us, if we want to view work in a positive manner, but without seeing its primary goal as the acquisition of material wealth or status. He also tries to view work within the larger perspective of our lives, and the meaning of our lives. Great wealth or high status are very unusual, and very unlikely to achieve for most of us, barring lucky accidents, so that the concept of fulfilling ourselves in some way, apart from these happy accidents (and not everyone who achieves will be happy), is a rather critical one. Thus, there are not only practical ruminations to help us formulate action plans in the book, but philosophical perspectives that are very helpful. Many of the elements of his discussion consist of features that I have previously thought about at one time or another, but it was useful to see it all in this short, compact, well-written book. The author has done a fine job (no pun intended) in focusing us on "fulfillment" in work and even in life, and its implications, all in a book that can be read quickly and easily. A lot of good thinking went into this book, and I recommend it strongly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By notSage on August 9, 2013
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Not just feel good stories, but stats and real world insights, too. I'd definitely recommend. Now I just have to take a leap and find my fulfilling work!
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