To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need Paperback – April 1, 2008
|New from||Used from|
Based on seven years of reporting from over a dozen countries, writer Tom Wainwright takes you on an extraordinary journey into the business of being a drug lord. Learn more.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"Hard-hitting and informative yet bursting with optimism . . . Pink has a knack for teaching in such an entertaining way that you'll forget you are learning." -- Forbes
"Outrageous, delightful ... If the precepts in 'The Adventures of Johnny Bunko' help some slackers open nail salons or become billionaires in some offbeat business, that's all to the good" -- Wall Street Journal
"The ideal gift for those in need of a career shakeup who claim they have no time to even think about next steps." -- NYTimes.com
About the Author
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
There's plenty of good career advice in books and articles, but most young people wouldn't sit still long enough to read those sources. A Whole New Mind author, Dan Pink, comes up with a great solution: Create a career advice book in the form of manga.
Most career writers when they want to simplify a message use a fable, with a few illustrations that show the key perspectives. The fable is clearly secondary to the details.
In The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, the story is more interesting than the advice. Having read a lot of Mr. Pink's writing, I thought I knew what he would probably advise. But I didn't realize that he would make the story so interesting, and that the manga format would add so much power to the story telling. Nice work!
What's the advice? Let me rephrase to make it clearer to you:
1. Don't be rigid about planning out each step well in advance . . . it's not possible to do.
2. Build on what you're good at (Peter Drucker originated that one) and avoid relying on what you aren't good at.
3. Focus on what you can do for others (start with the boss) rather than what's in it for you (you can read more about this in How to Be a Star at Work).
4. Keep at it. Practice makes perfect.
5. Take on big challenges and learn from them.
6. Make a difference.
I like this advice. I hope my youngsters will read this book and apply it. I know they probably wouldn't if it came from dear old Dad.
If I could add one piece of advice, it would be to:
Set some written goals about how you want to spend your life. Those goals will help you keep focused.
Well done, Dan Pink and Rob Ten Pas!
All in all, this is probably worthwhile. Calibrate your expections appropriately, and you won't be disappointed. But don't expect to read this and have all your career problems melt away - there is a LOT that needs to be covered that isn't touched on here.
It may only take you an hour to read all the way through this little book but when you are done you will want to think deep about it's "six most important lesson of a satisfying successful career." Now if you are a fan of Billy Crystal and have seen his 1991 movie City Slickers, you may wonder why this book has six things you need to know to be successful where Jack Palance said there is only "one thing." But that is for another article.
The entire book is a manga graphic novel so if you aren't a fan of manga, which I'm not, then it may take you a little while to get into it; but it's worth it. I won't spoil the story line but the essence of the lessons simple enough to be explained in a graphic novel yet profound enough to cause you to change your life's direction; really. Telling you the six lessons would be very easy to do but since it is the main point of the story line, it would be like telling you the plot of City Slickers including what the "one thing" was. (What WAS that "one thing" anyway?)
I would highly recommend this book for a nice quick read but one that will shake your previous conceptions of what it takes to be successful. Read it at your own risk.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great quick read. I am a fan of Daniel Pink and have read all of his other books he has put out. This was the only one I had not read. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Matthew Vancleve
I wasn't expecting much going into this manga/comic. I was expecting a half-assed comic about success. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tristan Pack
one of the best books i've ever read on career & life advice. its also a really quick read.Published 1 month ago by benghazi
Loved this book. Would recommend it for anyone going through a career change or even someone just starting a career. Makes a good gift too.Published 2 months ago by ashsanchez
Excellent read. Very creative and effective way of conveying the ideas. I've learned a good deal from this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caramel Charlene
One of the best quick read books out there for career and life development. I give this to all my family members when they graduate from high school or post secondary.Published 3 months ago by Marla Barrett
Deep, challenging lessons in a light touch, humorous graphic novel (aka comic book). Highly recommend and I personally have shared over 25 copies to college students and early... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard M
Very simple to read and understand, I'd suggest to have middle school and high school kids to read this book - I live by some of the lessons in this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeane Garcia