- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: random House; Cover Worn edition (2003)
- ASIN: B001QTFPB8
- Average Customer Review: 379 customer reviews
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What Should I Do with My life? Unknown Binding – 2003
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This book is not a cook book on self realization - as many reviewers have said. So do not buy it if you are looking for that. If you are looking for peer commiseration - this is it.
It is a series of vingettes, only distracted by the telling of POs own defensiveness of career moves that never seem like he is being quite honest to himself. His career's were consistent with any 20 - 30 year old, self sabaotged with ego and the grass is greener. Ironically, he emphisises his many unethical behaviors to escape his paths. Interesting in this age of, Dot-com insider trading, Enron and Martha Stewart criticism. The rest of the PO story is a struggle with writing this book. Very evident in organization.
A re-read the book with a sharpie and highlighter. I highlighted the key take-aways from each story and retitled the chapter - I ran a sharpie through the PO story, except his vignette. What I now have is not a 350 page biography, but a 200 page focused story of peoples struggles, decisions, and frustrations with their own professional lives.
The book really could be very good, you should read a used or borrowed copy - it just suffers from ego, poor structure and too much Po.
As I read it, when I found a certain sentence or person that resonated with me, I'd meditate on that for a while.
Much more of an illuminating experience than reading "7 easy steps to your dream career!"-type books
The part of this book that is perplexing is when Po starts to give his subjects advice, sometimes to a good end, sometimes to a bad end. He seemed to cross the line of journalist/counselor/writer it all gets blurry in the middle of the book.
Overall this is a good book, solid B material. Worth reading if you are interested in people's stories, and how to, or not to make a career change.