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Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success and Happiness Hardcover – August 11, 2015
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“Miya Tokumitsu’s short, sharp and timely new book, stabs plenty of pins into today’s increasingly freelance economy.” (Joanna Scutts Monterey County Now)
“Tokumitsu’s book is dangerous to the establishment...her critique of Do What You Love gives workers the language to talk back.” (Amien Essif ALTERNET)
About the Author
A former Fulbright scholar, Miya Tokumitsu holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a contributing editor at Jacobin.
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DWYL refutes the worthless follow-your-bliss counsel. Such an "approach" only works for people whose bliss already follows them everywhere, thanks to family money or to the labor of lower-class workers. Most employees understand this and prefer to distract themselves from the knowledge, usually by trying to get promoted, buying something, or both.
But neither does the book, as its packaging might suggest, offer Oprah-style advice on how to *really* find success and happiness on the job. Instead, readers get a well-researched understanding of why labor as structured now -- hierarchical, exploitative, fundamentally dishonest -- cannot offer such rewards. It may never, although Tokumitsu offers ideas for change.
This book is like intellectual candy! I like the accessibility, pacing of the book, and its short length. If you want even more details, the book contains a lengthy list of citings for further personal research.