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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Rep Sub edition (February 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142196290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142196298
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Provides a thoughtful context for reflecting on the deeper meaning and purpose of work." -- Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin, authors of Your Money or Your Life

About the Author

Laurence G. Boldt is a writer, career consultant, and lifetime student of Eastern philosophies, with more than a decade of experience helping people shape their dreams into practical realities. He is the bestselling author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, How to Find the Work You Love, and Zen Soup. He lives in Santa Barbara, California..

Customer Reviews

At 154 pages, this book is a short and an easy read.
Tell It Like It Is IMO
Right now I'm reading another one of his books for a more in depth way to figure out how I will approach a career change.
Serena
This book basically asks you to discover what you feel most passionate about, and would give your life the most meaning.
swandiver

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tell It Like It Is IMO on March 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
At 154 pages, this book is a short and an easy read. You can tell that the author is also a lecturer because the book seems like it makes a few basic points that could have been projected on a screen using PowerPoint slides. This book is not an intellectual analysis of data, but more like an inspirational pep talk.
You are practically presented with an outline in each chapter, complete with bolded headings and sub-headings. This book is also filled with poignant quotes from notable people spanning the ages of history. This approach is appropriate and effective for this subject matter.
The thesis of the book is simply find what taps into your creative passion in life and you will find the work you love. The book actually does give you a methodolgy to follow to uncover what at first seems to be an amorphous task. The "Focusing Questions" the author presents throughout the second half of the book is an opportunity for the reader to reflect and think about how this can make sense for him or her.
The title of the book may be a little misleading. "Finding the work you love" is not referring to actually getting the job. The title is referring to finding within yourself what it is that you would love to do for your life's work.
The audience for this book could be anyone from the high school or college graduate to the senior citizen. Anyone who is not sure what contribution they want to make for the rest of their lives might benefit from a bit of focused insight and reflection. Even if you are sure about what your life's work is, the book could still be valuable as a reinforcement that you are on the right path for you.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Becky on June 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, there's really only one way to know if you're going to like something or not and that's to try it. What's one person's treasure is another person's "waste".
This isn't a book along the lines of "What Color Is Your Parachute". It's not a "step by step" guide per se, though it has some excersizes to help you explore what has meaning for you.
For me, this was a book of validation. I wish more than anything, that I could just resign myself to "any old job" and be satisfied - life would be so much easier that way... but when you spend 1/3 of your life at work and part of the other 2/3's perparing for work (commuting, preparing meals, trying to psyche yourself up to make it through another day) I think it's really important to find more meaning in what you do for a living than "payday".
If you spend a lot of time dreaming of the day you can finally retire and you feel like you're wasting your life doing work that has absolutely no meaning for you (or worse, goes against your grain) and if the money isn't enough to compensate for what you spend so much of your day doing and you feel strongly that "there's got to be more to work than this" this book will validate your feelings beautifully and give you inspiration. But if you're a "realist" ("work's not supposed to be fun - that's why they call it work") you may be disappointed.
It's ironic to me that people complained about the quotes - because I like them - but then I like quotes:
"Blessed is he who has found his work.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "outside_center_4" on June 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I guess to me the test as to whether a book is good or not comes down to 1) did I enjoy reading it and 2) did it provide what I was looking for when I bought it. And Mr. Boldt's book passed both tests for me. Advising an individual on what career he might find most rewarding is quite a challenge...and trying to do it for, say, 10's or 100's of thousands of strangers through a short book must be really daunting. But I thought he did a good job.
This book kind of reminded me of the "The Wealthy Barber" book of a few years back. Both books cover a topic where there are more theories and approaches than you can shake a stick at. And many authors propose ideas that promise quick and easy solutions that ultimately disappoint. But like "The Wealthy Barber", "How to Find the Work You Love" avoids this temptation. Neither book has any earth-shattering, eye-popping theories that will cause one to wonder how such ideas managed to remain a secret to the rest of us until now. Both rely on basic, straightforward advice, that, if followed, will likely help the reader achieve his goal.
It is a collection of ideas, suggestions and examples designed to help people with a very common, but important, question. Yes, there are a lot of quotes in this book,as other reviewers point out. But I thought they were thoughtful and apt.
Anyway, I think it was well worth the $. In a field where a lot of resources promise a lot and deliver little, I felt this book offered something realistic and delivered.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By swandiver on July 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a pre-law advisor and general career counselor advisor at a state university. This is the only career guidance book I recommend to all my students and advisees. Other books all basically try to match up interests and skills. This book basically asks you to discover what you feel most passionate about, and would give your life the most meaning. AMEN! I tell my students I would rather just be performing "okay" in a career that makes me happy and fulfilled, than be outstanding or even the best in a career that makes me unhappy and unfulfilled. What is more important: money and material wealth, or happiness and fulfillment? It depends which way you define "success," and Boldt defines it (correctly in my view!) as the latter. I've seen two many friends and students go into careers for the wrong reason and be miserable. Read this book, and give it to anyone you know who is searching for a career. You just might have helped to steer them down the road to career fulfilment and happiness, rather than career emptiness and depression.
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