A practical and inspirational guide to examining your career and deciding whether it truly makes you happy—this book will show you the steps it takes to find a job that truly makes you thrive.
The desire for fulfilling work is one of the great aspirations of our age. This book reveals explores the competing claims we face for money, status, and meaning in our lives. Drawing on wisdom from a variety of disciplines, cultural thinker Roman Krznaric sets out a practical guide to negotiating the labyrinth of choices, overcoming fear of change, and finding a career in which you thrive. Overturning a century of traditional thought about career change, Krznaric reveals just what it takes to find life-enhancing work.
The School of Life is dedicated to exploring life's big questions in highly-portable paperbacks, featuring French flaps and deckle edges, that the New York Times calls "damnably cute." We don't have all the answers, but we will direct you towards a variety of useful ideas that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, and console.
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."