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How to Find Fulfilling Work (The School of Life) Paperback – April 23, 2013
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“Self-Help Books for the Rest of Us.” ―The New York Times
“In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better.” ―Alain de Botton, The School of Life Series Editor
“The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge.” ―The Independent on Sunday (London)
“This is a book that is both clever and prescriptive without being preachy: it makes you think about work in a new way, as well as offering real exercises and solutions for people who are looking for more fulfilling work.” ―Los Angeles Review of Books
“An inspirational self-help book with an intellectual pedigree.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Leaving your job in search of more fulfilling opportunities is one of life's most intimidating jumps, and Roman Krznaric's How to Find Fulfilling Work is an indispensable handbook.” ―Peter Holmes a Court, Australian Financial Review
About the Author
Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and founding faculty member of The School of Life. He advises organizations, including Oxfam and the United Nations, on using empathy and conversation to create social change, and has been named by The Observer as one of Britain's leading lifestyle philosophers. His works, including The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live and The First Beautiful Game: Stories of Obsession in Real Tennis, have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
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I gave it 4 stars and not 5 because I don't think the book will resonate with everyone. For example, if you're married with kids and a mortgage and other responsibilities, some of the advice will seem impractical.
Second, the book offers straightforward and novel techniques for helping the reader find fulfilling work. The techniques are based on the idea of "act first, think later". That is, you are really not going to know what fits you best until you try it on for size. Although we might find the idea of taking a personality test to tell us what we should do appealing, the author cogently argues that sort of approach is not apt to work and that these techniques provide better alternatives.
The book is a quick read but contains plenty of footnotes and references to other useful material. The Kindle edition at $2.99 is a real bargain!