- 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: 17,3 x 1,8 x 24,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 10 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 41.986 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2003
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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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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- 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>...
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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Es ist ein sehr guter Gedankenanstoß, wie unser Leben bunt verlaufen kann, ohne dass alles mit Arbeit verbunden sein muss.Veröffentlicht am 10. September 2013 von Claudia Stahl
For a bum, the author has some good ideas. While his assertions are not all totally logical and supported by juried references, they, for the most part, make sense. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 21. März 2000 veröffentlicht
There are a lot of great books that deal with creativity. This is not one of them. Average, at best, it might fit the bill is someone was looking for a superfluous treatment of... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 10. August 1999 veröffentlicht
Everyone should read this book as soon as possible -- not just the retired, the unemployed, and those otherwise without work. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 22. Juli 1997 veröffentlicht
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