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Worth reading, but a bit unrealistic
on July 20, 2015
I bought this on impulse because it was a Kindle deal, and I must say that I enjoyed reading it. The basic theme is that the 21st century working world requires many of us to adjust our attitude and expectations about jobs. Work to live, get your satisfaction outside of your job, and let go of the idea of long-term jobs or careers in one place. That's the "wisdom" in a nutshell.
Once you get past the well-written and thoughtful presentation of those ideas, the rest is fluff, fantasy, and anecdotes about New Yorkers who are supposed to be examples. A disproportionate amount of ink is spent promoting the myth that if you just focus on the needs of your boss rather than the needs of yourself or the company, you'll have a wealth of job security and freedom. If only.
I've been on both ends of the layoff pain, and my company recently eliminated half of my direct reports. The layoff decisions had nothing to do with who I liked, who stroked my ego, and who met MY needs. Instead, they had everything to do with the work itself-- and which skilled positions it required. The author would say those are just excuses. But if you buy into that outlook, you may be damaging your own chances of surviving the next layoff. If the work now only requires a SharePoint developer and you're a Drupal developer, you're going to be laid off no matter how much your boss loves you. (Feel free to substitute "welder" for "Sharepoint developer" and "carpenter" for "Drupal developer." )
Nevertheless, the book does have some thought-provoking insights that may just force you to rethink your attitudes about jobs. Just gloss over the insufferable tales about the plight of so many affluent New Yorkers or the rehash of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. They are lazy page stuffing in an otherwise-worthwhile read.