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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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"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
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quick read with sage advice for those new to, or entering the workforce.Published 1 month ago by JC
Purchased for my team and it was easily digestible content. Order arrived as scheduled.Published 2 months ago by Tanya
I read Daniel Pink's Drive book and found this for my daughter (21). She didn't read Drive, but read this quickly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jann Smith
This type of book (and this book itself) is a great way to introduce people to topics they otherwise might not bother learning about, yet are life-changing (and career-changing at... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JJH
My son was asked to get this for an awareness type class at his school and this was a required reading by his teacher. Read morePublished 3 months ago by smllchng
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 months 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 7 months ago by Tristan Pack
one of the best books i've ever read on career & life advice. its also a really quick read.Published 7 months ago by benghazi