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The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked- 21st Century Edition Paperback – September 1, 2003
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An odd mix of amateur psychology and self-help is offered by this engineer happily and creatively unemployed for 14 years. His clear-as-a-bell message is that making the most of leisure involves knowing yourself inside and outside of work. And that, for most overworked and undersatisfied Americans, amounts to an overwhelming task. To some extent, Zelinski tames the process with a combination of humor, cartoons, quotes from the famous (and the not so), fan mail excerpts, and a host of exercises to try. Explored in depth are the nature of boredom (complaining is one sure sign), the value of work, inner passions and goals, and the potential maleficence of money. None of these thoughts are new; Abraham Maslow, for one, advocated the stages toward healthy humanity. Nor are the statistics, remarks, or observations unique. But the notion of how to enjoy free time is finally geared to a mass market. Barbara Jacobs --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Ernie Zelinski helps others find time to live.
-- Fawn Fitter, Career Writer, Boston Herald
"In The Joy Of Not Working, Zelinski explains how to
combat boredom, develop motivation, live for today, rethink
the terms of financial independence, and redefine
the meaning of fulfillment."
-- Don Oldenburg, Career Writer, Washington Post
"For all the time we spend craving leisure time,
discussing it, dreaming about it and planning for
it, few among us use it well . . . This is
where Ernie J. Zelinski comes in."
-- Carol Smith, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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1. Everyday I do some sort of exercise.
2. I use my time in worthwhile pursuits. (volunteer, read, classes)
3. Discover what you are good at.
These are just a few of the thoughts that follow me from day to day.
This was an excellent purchase.
The folks that need to read this the most are unfortunately the same folks that are least likely to.
One of my brothers is more of a free spirit when it comes to work and though I haven't always admired it, I've certainly noticed it. I, on the other hand, have always been tied to a certain kind of job which gave me what I would call security, when it reality it wasn't. My brother has always found a way to get by on what he has, be it making money, friendships, etc, and after trying to escape the job trap I've been in all of my adult life, his way of getting by is now very admirable to me. In fact, I'd say that he would closely epitomize the ideas found in The Joy Of Not Working.
There were, I thought, a couple of places in the book which appeared contradictory to what the author espoused say in a previous section of the book. Though, I don't particularly ding him on this. The book book is quite long and some of the ideas bleed over from other chapters, but all in all there are some good concepts and things I would never have thought of.
He does talk about the work ethic of people today, in that they work too long, work too hard and for too little pay and for the most part I would agree that we do that as a society. However, if there is something you are truly passionate about I would take that part with a grain of salt. The way I see it is if you find something that you truly love to do and can get paid for doing it, then you are successful. I would not consider myself very successful in this area of my life. I've worked at a job where I was really well paid, was qualified to do, but realized that if they would have given me million dollars to stay I still would have left. Money is certainly not everything.
Would I suggest you read this book? If you've ever thought of leaving the proverbial rat race, then this book is a good source of information for you.