- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1535568089
- ISBN-13: 978-1535568081
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,351,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Do Stuff You Hate Paperback – July 27, 2016
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While this book is useful/interesting for folks of all ages, I think its sweet spot is for younger people, especially those at the cross-roads of finishing high school, making decisions about college, making decisions about where to live and how to deal with parents, finding a first job, etc..
Don't Do Stuff You Hate is a collection of short essays (roughly 1-5 pages each) all centered around, well, not doing stuff you hate. It is excellent for reading while riding the bus, standing in line, and waiting around in government offices. Got 5-10 minutes? Just open it up and read a chapter or two. Likewise, you can skip around as much as you want. I loved the book for its valuable insights on what makes life meaningful, what it means to do things against the current of social convention, and how to craft a happy life for yourself.
Morehouse and Earl emphasize the importance of "NOW" decision making. If there's some aspect of your life that you hate right now, your task is to find a way to remove it from your life. It doesn't matter how removing this soul-sucking activity will affect your distant, fuzzy ideal of a future utopia. You've got a concrete problem right now. So solve it. "Stop aiming for goals. Start clearing the path ahead of you, instead."
It's all about balance. Discomfort is inevitable. The question that you should be asking yourself is how much discomfort is worth it? How certain are you that you have to be suffering right now to achieve your goals? Maybe you should do some reassessment - of both your goals and your trajectory to achieving your goals.
What I got out of this book:
One of my favorite takeaways: "Don't try to pick an industry [to work in]. Just do interesting stuff." We all frequently get caught up in trying to categorize and plan everything. I need to pick a title or label NOW so that people know who I am and what I do, right? Wrong. You just do you. Do what you love. Do what makes you happy. Do what feels right in the moment. The labels and titles and categories will sort themselves out.
I also really liked the chapter "Hanging Out with People Your Age is Overrated". People a lot older and younger than me have different experiences and values that I can learn a lot from. I'm happy that that's been brought to my attention so I can be more active about reaching outside my peer group for friends.
Who should read this book:
Are you unhappy with any aspect of your life? Do you feel "stuck"? Read this book. I also highly recommend this book to every student and young professional. It provides a really different perspective on how to craft a happy life for yourself. While a lot of people encourage you to "quit complaining and suck it up if you want to succeed", Morehouse and Earl tell you to reassess both your definition of success (that ideal future you have mapped out) and your pathways to success.
Questions we should ask ourselves daily:
"1. Do I like what I'm doing?
2. Is it getting me somewhere I want to go?
3. What am I giving up to be here?"
Isaac Morehouse/Mitchell Earl’s book “Don’t Do Stuff You Hate” is, among other things, an economic lesson in morality. Discovering the things you hate, being fully aware of that knowledge, and then acting upon the self-discovered knowledge is a major part of living free. Without detaching yourself from stuff you hate you won’t truly be able to live the life you want.
I will, and already have, go back to good posts in "Don't Do Stuff You Hate". A great read for millennials who want to find their passion. Thank you Isaac/Mitchell for authoring this book, I will continue using it as a source of where to next.
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A couple of typos need to be corrected.