The desire for fulfilling work is one of the great aspirations of our age and this inspirational book reveals how one might make it a reality. It explores the competing claims we face for money and status while doing something meaningful and in tune with our talents. Drawing on wisdom about work that is to be found in sociology, psychology, history and philosophy, Roman Krznaric sets out a practical and innovative guide to negotiating the labyrinth of choices, overcoming the fear of change, and finding a career that makes you thrive.
One in the new series of books from The School of Life, launched May 2012:
How to Stay Sane by Philippa Perry
How to Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric
How to Worry Less About Money by John Armstrong
How to Change the World by John-Paul Flintoff
How to Thrive in the Digital Age by Tom Chatfield
How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton
The latest practical advice book from the School of Life (founded in London by Alain de Botton in 2008) deconstructs the qualities of an ideal job by guiding readers through thought exercises, success stories, and philosophies of fulfillment. Krznaric (The Wonder Box) examines many common work-related quandaries, such as an overabundance (or dearth) of employment options, premature commitments to a career path, "the psychology of fear" that keeps folks tied to a job they dislike, how to gauge whether an occupation is meaningful, and what kind of rewards are most important. The "cultural thinker" also offers useful suggestions on how to test out new professions in your spare time without making a commitment. Thought exercises pose important questions (e.g., "Where do your talents meet the needs of the world?") and invite readers to imagine what they might be doing in parallel universes. Krznaric has advised everyone from Oxfam to the U.N., but just in case he isn't convincing, he brings the lives and teachings of late greats like Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, and Wallace Stevens to bear on the proceedings. Ultimately, he presents Marie Curie's illustrious career as proof and inspiration that our ideal vocation is "not something we find, it's something we grow."
Fantastic place to start
This was a refreshing read that really appealed to me. Not only does it address the key questions, fears and the overwhelming feelings surrounding contemplating a career change, but it also offers thoughtful self-reflection exercises throughout the book. These are immensely helpful and now I'm looking forward to implementing my new plan!