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Working With the Job You Have

Geri S. Hoekzema "Flights of Fancy"
The list author says: "I think that living an artful life is a vocation in itself. Finding work that will allow you to pay your way through is important but it's only part of the picture. These resources don't contain the usual career-building information. They're about building a satisfactory life, including a reasonably happy job, starting from where you are now."
Work With What You Have: Ways to Creative and Meaningful Livelihood
Work With What You Have: Ways to Creative and Meaningful Livelihood
"Smith worked as an office temp for years before her off-hours writing career paid off. Here she shares advice on how to bring the best out of any job, based on her own experience."
Temp: How To Survive & Thrive in the World of Temporary Employment
Temp: How To Survive & Thrive in the World of Temporary Employment
"Even if you're not temping, this book is worth reading (it'll only take a few hours) just for Smith's advice on weathering a lot of changes in your workplace.I especially like her motto "Be excellent to each other.""
Take This Job and Love It: How to Find Fulfillment in Any Job You Do
Take This Job and Love It: How to Find Fulfillment in Any Job You Do
"This book is written especially for people in customer service occupations (it acknowledges the thankless nature of many such jobs) but most of it can be applied to any job. Gilbert pays special attention to the idea of service as a spiritual calling."
The Office Sutras: Exercises for Your Soul at Work
The Office Sutras: Exercises for Your Soul at Work
"Even a bad work day carries potential for personal/spiritual growth, insists Menter. Includes practical on-the-spot experiments and exercises to help encourage this growth."
Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos
Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos
"You don't have to be Buddhist to benefit from Carroll's principles, many of which focus on cultivating enough detachment to stay sane during crazy times."
The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week
The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week
"I absolutely love this book. Anyone suffering from the delusion that working a "day job" means she's an inferior artist should read it or visit Pierre's website. If you can only afford one book on how to enjoy your job and thrive as an artist, get this."
The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube
The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube
"Goodman gives a number of possible scenarios - working while trying to launch a business, balancing a job and a consuming artistic passion, etc. - with practical ways to navigate each one."
Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead
Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead
"I chose this book because the author writes about ways you can succeed at your own job-related goals if you feel uncomfortable about blowing your own horn. It's also good advice for people who want to market the fruit of their creative labor."