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100 Bullshit Jobs...And How to Get Them Hardcover – May 2, 2006
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There's an element of bullshit in all jobs, including his own, but bestselling author Bing (Sun Tzu was a Sissy) has taken a wickedly satiric approach and ranked the BS quotient in jobs both common and obscure that require little effort but pay well. From aromatherapist to motivational speaker to velvet rope nazi to critic (touché), he dissects the skills necessary to excel in these jobs, as well as the upside, the downside and the "dark side." Using humor and insight, no job is off his radar, including high power corporate jobs like investment banker, rarified non-jobs like boulevardier (George Hamilton), and the crumber, who "removes detritus from dining in restaurants." Bing's central piece of advice is to hone your internal bullshit detector and find the right balance between fulfillment and fluff: "In the end, a life that is made up of nothing but bullshit is as untenable as one that is completely dedicated to content. It is your gift on this earth, your right as a living, sentient human being to fight for the right mix."
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About the Author
Stanley Bing is a columnist for Fortune magazine and the bestselling author of Crazy Bosses, What Would Machiavelli Do?, Throwing the Elephant, Sun Tzu Was a Sizzy, 100 Bullshit Jobs . . . And How to Get Them, and The Big Bing, as well as the novels Lloyd: What Happened and You Look Nice Today. By day he is an haute executive in a gigantic multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.
Top customer reviews
After you put it down, you can ask yourself the following: "I paid for this?" You could have read it while standing in the aisle at Borders.
Please don't get me wrong. Stanley Bing is brilliant and his Fortune columns are must-reads, its just that you need to accept this book for what it is. Its cute and cuddly. A potato chip of a book, not a whole meal.
Readable and funny, this book shows that Mr. Bing is a dedicated student of human nature.
occupations i.e. wine taster and a host of others. The volume describes
some very important dimensions to unique jobs which few people contemplate.
He predefines non-BS as childbirth, war, art and health issues
among many other things. Several famous personalities are quoted
in the book; namely Marie Antoinette who said " Let them eat cake".
An important formula is introduced for job mass which consists of:
job mass= (abuse x perks x salary)/ hours worked
To some extent, the author has referred to employee physical
depreciation on the job. He provides readers with classic jobs
like organiser, aromatherapist, best-selling authorship,
construction site flag-waver, critic and wine industrial
professional i.e. wine tasters. Yes, a flag-waver on a construction
site can make up to $40T-$50T a year or more with overtime.
This book would be interesting for a wide constituency of readers. i.e. persons seeking to supplement their income, part-time workers, entrepreneurs and relevant others. The acquisition provides an interesting read. It is recommended highly for all persons seeking to supplement
income with well-paying low stress jobs. In retrospect, the author could
have chosen a better name for the book.