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Rush: Why We Thrive in the Rat Race Paperback – July 31, 2012
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“Surprising, intelligent, and entertaining.” — Leonard Mlodinow, author of The Grand Design
“I found myself nodding so hard... that I almost cricked my neck.” — Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times
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My question for Mr. Buchholz is: Who does he think he's arguing against in making that point?
Yoga instructors? Shrinks? Meditation practitioners? People who preach the virtues of getting 8 hours of sleep per night? None of those professions or philosophies is characterized by advocacy for a life of sloth. Implicit in any such advocacy for things like yoga, power naps, meditation, taking lunch breaks away from your desk, etc is the assumption that for their target audience, the time spent disconnected from the "rat race" will be the exception that proves the rule in terms of how waking time is spent. The target audience for the messages of the "anti-stress industry" is just the type of busy, overcommitted, ambitious person the author should admire. So it's a bit bizarre that he chooses to criticize these industries, whose mission is just to bring a little balance to peoples' lives and/or to reduce DIStress (the kind or arousal that's both physically unhealthy over time and un-conducive to peak performance) - not to eliminate EUstress (the good, motivated kind).Read more ›
finally, i suggest that potential buyers be careful here in reading some of the other posted reviews. for example, the most "helpful" review was by a reviewer who has only reviewed two books -- both by this author! surprise surprise. half of the five-star reviews sound like the author's friends doing him a favor. i've ordered nearly 100 books on amazon, but have never bothered to post a review. i felt compelled to do so in this case because this "book" was so bad relative to it's strong base of reviews. serious readers beware!
This sounds unduly negative, but it is not. The author writes badly, with little sustained thought or argumentation. This is an excellent style for lightweight USA Today pieces, but doesn't cut the muster with serious and concerned readers.
His central claim runs counter to a pervasive notion, expressed well by one of my former professors during class, "If I were rich, I would not be teaching you. I'd be sipping Mai Tais on a beach in Hawaii now." Todd writes,
"We think we hate work, but we are wrong. Work extends life; it even makes us happy. Lazy societies die off, and lazy people die off sooner. Competition drives us to improve our lives, which gives us a better chance of achieving good cheer... When you allow yourself to feel ambition, it is like sipping from the fountain of youth... The act of work is like a form of applause, a validation that you are spending your time well. The paycheck comes later. It is like the glow of an encore." (pp. 114-5.)
Even my former professor charged ahead since then, recently co-authoring the legal casebook "Business Planning" for LexisNexis -- with no Mai Tai in hand.
In a sense, Todd's book makes a self-proving claim. The hard work of its own construction seems worth it, resulting in a book that both informs others and is something to be proud of. That proves his claim on a primary level too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is no perfect performance from yourself to be happy. Only to know that everything rounds off itself and to know that true happiness and find your own Eden. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
There is very, very little in this book which agrees with the experience of ordinary people in their lives and in their work. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Gegenbeispiel
To paraphrase Dorothy Parker: This is not a book to be treated lightly. It should be thrown with great force.Published on April 20, 2012 by Bibliofiend
This book provides valuable insights in what propels us to compete with each other and to improve our lot in life. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Harland16
Most people think a calm, mellow life with lots of meditation and vacationing will fulfill us and make us happy... However, Todd Buchholz proves them wrong! Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Carolin Winkler
overwrought: 1. a. Worked to excess, exhausted by overwork.
The concept is brief and can be explained in about 1-2 paragraphs yet we are given example after example after... Read more