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The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ernie J. Zelinski
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1. September 2003
Ernie Zelinski could change your view of the world forever. He has already taught more than 150,000 people what THE JOY OF NOT WORKING is all about: learning to live every part of your life-employment, unemployment, retirement, and leisure time alike-to the fullest. With this completely revised and expanded edition, you too can join the thousands of converts and learn to thrive at both work and at play. Illustrated by eye-opening exercises, thought-provoking diagrams, and lively cartoons and quotations, THE JOY OF NOT WORKING will guide you to:Be more productive at work by working less.Discover and pursue your life'¬?s passions.Gain the courage to leave your corporate job if it is draining life out of you.Pursue interesting leisure activities that make a difference in your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.Vanquish any guilt you may have about not working long and hard hours.Be financially independent with less money.Plus, new to this edition are inspiring letters from readers detailing how the book helped them improve the variety, tone, and quality of their lives.A revised and updated edition of the classic guide to living life to its fullest.Previous editions have sold more than 150,000 copies in 14 languages.

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  • Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ten Speed Press; Auflage: Revised. (1. September 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1580085520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085526
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,7 x 17,3 x 1,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (10 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 146.134 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"The message is that leisure, not work, is critical to happiness. . . . Zelinski points out that no one'¬?s dying words have ever included, '¬´I wish I had worked more.'¬? "-Financial Post"Ernie Zelinski helps others find time to live."-Boston Herald"[Is the] key to success and keeping life meaningful."-Contra Costa Times


This is a practical guide for people who want to add to the quality and experience of their life away from the workplace. Containing exercises, cartoons and quotations, this book argues that people place too much importance on work, rather than simply enjoying themselves. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Pretty Typical Self-Imp Concoction 28. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Just a few words:
- a hefty feel-good factor is present as appropriate
- some of it is useful, although not particularly original
- a times gets carried away into new-ageish drivel
- a lot of logical omissions (basically there's a big skip in the description and you find yourself asking, well, how did you get here?
- mediocre writing, frequently unclear and wordy
- some postulates are plainly ridiculous (due to the author's desire to steer clear from any controversy.) Example: people overwork because of work ethic, faulty upbringing, whatever, but it's always the people's fault, you see. Not that they can't afford med insurance or the kid's college w/o working extra, no that would be too damn politically controversial for this kind of wishy-washy book.
Overall, eh... I don't know. I guess it's no harm to read it, but I'm not particularly enthousiastic though. One has to admit that there is indeed a self-help book writing cabal, that people, no matter how rational, still keep on buying these books because, I guess, such is human nature that they endlessly look for help in that area. Thinking of it again, well, as a spiritual boost of temporary nature--this book may be worth its price. In terms of unversal socially redeemable value--it's not. I'd recommend getting it via your library first, or at least, peruse in a store. On the other hand, amazon has a great return policy <g>...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Real Jewel in Best Zen Tradition 6. April 2007
This is one of my all-time favourites! It was nothing less than a spiritual companion for me at a time when I had almost worked myself to death and radically jumped out of the treadmill. I found it both refreshingly funny and full of deep wisdom. Just reading it like a novel will give you so much pleasure that you'll find it already worth its price. However, if you let yourself carry away a little bit by its recommendations, you may soon find your life more interesting, colorful and blossoming! One could criticize this book for avoiding certain controversies (such as how to deal with the problem of being responsible for others) or the lack of practical solutions. But these allegations would miss the main point: Since the most important things in life cannot be taught anyway, you'll find the true inspiration between the lines. This unpretentious book doesn't promise quick-fixes but gently invites you to grow towards better life quality. Highly recommended!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Big on inspiration, little on practical advice. 7. Juni 1999
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This book would be much more effective if it gave practical advice like 'Your Money Or Your Life'. There is little advice on how you get from one financial situation to the other and assumes perfect health (no reliance on health insurance)and diverse talents (able to get money only as needed). If you are in less perfect health, definitely give this book to a younger, healthier person.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Addresses how to have fun again 12. September 1999
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I read a book each week. Most are about retirement planning or how to become financially independent.
Whilst a lot of the material in this book is not new, it is nevertheless a book that I find that I am having second and third looks at quite a lot of pages from this book.
What many of us find difficulty with after 30 years of work is knowing what it is outside work that makes us happy. There are some very good sections in this book that help identify for you what it is you deep down really like doing. It seems silly that we need a book to help us with knowing that but a lifetime of the discipline of work does take away our abilities to dream, to imagine another world away from work and more importantly to survive after work is taken away from us either by retirement or retrenchment.
The section on the Leisure Tree hit a soft spot with me. This is a device to identify what leisure activities will give us the most pleasure.
This is a terrific book and a bargain buy at the price. If you have read Your money or your life, The Millionaire Next Door, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Live Rich, Die Broke, you should read this book as well. It will help fill in some gaps the others leave.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of My Favorites 30. Juni 2000
This book deals with getting the most out of life. He does not proclaim to have all the answers but cuts a very broad swath. He deals with working too much, not developing your own interests, and the difficulty of your work being "who you are". I was 23 when I read this book, looking at retireing at 35. I was also reading many books on retireing early and living frugaly. I worked 100-110 hours a week and had no plans after retirement. I do now. I am happier than I ever was before. I no longer identify who i am with what I do. This is one of my favorite books. I have sent copies to all of my relatives and a few other people as well. If you buy it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The quotes alone are worth the purchase!
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