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The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need Paperback – April 1, 2008
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"Any career consultant -- or high-school guidance counselor -- who doesn't immediately order copies of this book in bulk is missing the boat -- big time." -- Miami Herald
"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
Daniel H. Pink is the author of five books, including To Sell Is Human and the long-running New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind and Drive. His books have been translated into thirty-three languages and have sold more than a million copies in the United States alone. Pink lives with his family in Washington, D.C.
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In "Johnny Bunko" Pink and Ten Pas have drawn insights from Pink's earlier works and presents in very creative form six key principles for success in building a satisfying career - and life. Several of these principles on the surface sound and feel counter-intuitive and fly in the face of the cant advice that young professionals often received from well-meaning parents, teachers and mentors.
1. There is no plan
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses
3. It's not about you
4. Persistence trumps talent
5. Make excellent mistakes
6. Leave an imprint.
The book is tremendously practical and instantly applicable to anyone who finds herself or himself in a job that is less than fulfilling. As I read the book, I began to think of several of my friends to whom I am eager to pass this book along.
The book can be read easily in one sitting, and will make a life-long impact on those wise enough to head its words.
If you read business or career books often you may be familiar with the six points of advice offered. Even if this is the case I found the book refreshing and the illustrations entertaining. It was a nice change of pace from reading a standard book format and is a reminder of the benefits of mixing "creative arts" - writing and drawing.
I will be sharing this book with my 20 and 16 year old brothers. I think they will be more open to reading this type of advice due to the Manga style. Even though this book might be appealing to them I doubt they will be able to connect with the office situations Johnny Bunko finds himself in.
The ideal market would seem to be a college graduate with about one year experience in a corporate environment. This way they will understand the office and work situations but are still at an age where they are familiar with the Manga format.
Overall, the book is great and creative. I'm in my late 20's and I enjoyed it but I also read fairly regularly and was familiar with the points of advice. I'm hoping that my younger brothers will like it but they may need some full-time work experience to connect with the story. I imagine this would be perfect as a graduation gift or for someone just starting their career with under 2 years of experience.
Main points of advice:
1)There is no plan.
2) Think strengths, not weaknesses.
3) It's not about you.
4) Persistence trumps talent.
5) Make excellent mistakes.
6) Leave an imprint.
The book is to the point and really enjoyable; once you start reading, you don't feel the argue of letting go until suddenly you realized that you have already finished the adventure.
Two points that letting me hesitate on giving it a 5 star rating:
(1)- The part when Johnny starts discovering himself is really short; I mean the book is not a long one to begin with, but I feel that that part did not gave a good view on how Johnny discovered his strengths & the things he mostly enjoys doing? How did Diana -a character in the story who helps Johnny through his journey- knew the type of career suitable for his strengths? While reading, I keep asking these questions; because when I bought the book I thought a part of it will be answered alongside the story.
(2)- The second thing is, although the book is based on a story, real-life scenario is a totally different case and things don't end up coming as easily as it do in the book. Sometimes things take time, and probably a lot of time, a lot of mistakes might be made along the way and a lot of critical events might be there in the way of your path; those events & mistakes might become a critical factor in your life and career.
Sometimes you miserably fail or feel stuck with no way to go. It is not easy and it might not be for a long time; but whenever that happens, you have to keep your spirit, keep trying and don't ever give up!