- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Secker (6. Februar 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0436205904
- ISBN-13: 978-0436205903
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 2,8 x 23,2 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.665.818 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
What Should I Do With My Life? (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Februar 2003
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Po Bronson wanted to find out what to do with his life so he started interviewing people who were asking the same question. He wound up writing an excellent self-help book, called, naturally enough, What Should I Do With My Life?, consisting almost entirely of questions instead of slick answers. Here are over 50 short real-life stories of people who woke up and realised that "this is not a dress rehearsal". They took the trouble to ask what life is for, where their real gifts lie and what they really want to do with their lives.
The result is as fascinating and messy as life itself. Some of the people come out on top. They chuck out the routine grind with its dead-end expectations and find out what they are good at, follow their dream and find happiness. Others continue the struggle. They wade through days of confusion. They fight against society's shallow solutions. They battle with their doubts and fears. They kick against the trite expectations of family, friends, employers and lovers to keep up the search for their Holy Grail. Bronson has written up the stories with compassion, insight and sensitivity. But the tales avoid the usual sentimental feel-good factor that seems to be a requisite for self-help books. Instead we're shown the truth that following the impossible dream always has a price. Bronson mixes his sensitivity with a certain gritty reality and ironically this realism inspires other questing heroes much more than yet more syrupy positive thinking. This is a fresh, spiky book; an excellent kick start for anyone who wants to confront life's big questions. --Dwight Longenecker
'A remarkable piece of reportage - the finest evocation of Silicon Valley to emerge so far.' Times 'Bronson is a snappy writer... Like all the best reportage, this is research laced with anecdote and adrenalin.' Independent on SundayAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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Update: just finished on a recent trans-Atlantic trip, which by the way it lends itself to perfectly, as the transitioning state one experiences during travel is the perfect condition for one's mind to turn reflective in regards to one's life, and the way things are going (that's what I like about that so much). The above initial assessment is still valid, albeit the overarching structure as explained by the author doesn't quite 'pan out' for me (but maybe in a 2nd reading). However, that's not the most important thing, for me; the wide range of views and takes / approaches to the subject by the personal stories of the interviewed people is. And that carries all the way to the last word, and leaves you with a gratefulness for the author's endeavor and persistence in this unique record, as well as his developed talent for candor in writing.
In fact, I used the concept for writing in my diary by imagining I'm telling my story so far in as much a nutshell version as can be, inspired by 'to-the-point' expressions and descriptions to try to do the same (as even the nutshell version is pages and pages long:), in order to process and transform my own attitudes towards my life.
last 6- 8 years before retiring. Started a second career writing children's books, and love it. But it's more hobby, than cuit... well, career right now.
To those who say he did not tell the whole story, for instance, in the surgeon who quit -- well that meeting happened , those doubts were expressed. Success once or twice in a literary field does not make a sure thing new career. If spending all the time, money , emotion and heartache to become a surgeon, then finding it wasn't going to be your future, you could not do it -- if that wasn't forthcoming or interesting enough for some ! I guess they have never been close to that experience, good on them.
Here's what I got out of this book:
A feeling t people , all sorts of people, successful, not successful , were asking this same question I was.
That many were taking , or avoiding the high risks involved with a change of career
That sometimes the risk is worth it, sometimes not-- you could find yourself in a worse spot... that's life!
For me it was amazingly interesting to see how some people were asking and handing the question for themselves
Really, if you are not happy or satisfied, if there is more you want to do , experience... how can you not ASK THE TITLE QUESTION - even if you don't ask it aloud.
For me, with family dependent on me, the economy shaky , the job market scarce, -- I will keep the day job , to fund the life and the dream (writing).
Loved this book, loved Po's sit down with me for coffee and let's talk of these exciting , but difficult things... life career, choices, dreams, chances and decisions. I liked this book, and feel it's time now, 12 years later, to revisit the question of a fulfilled life, this time with us baby-boomers as examples.
This book "What should I do with my life" is now available for a song here on Amazon. Under $7 including shipping -- best $$ ever spent. I found it far more honest, interesting and helpful than any pat chicken soup for books...and having mentioned it to friends, I bought two more copies to share out!
For those upset there aren't more answers or a better "ending" -- I was grateful for more questions, and a bit of direction, as well as a community of people also involved with this adventure. Okay, his book won't be for everyone, but make you own decision -- If you are looking for your "thing" the work, job, career , creation... that will make you come alive, Po's book may help you in asking the right questions, and not feeling so alone in the search.
His book contains the spirit of the quote by Nelson Mandela, I used for my subject line.
Thanks Po, great book, call or tweet, me if you want to start the baby-boomer edition. I am many of my friends are still asking this question , and we didn't start yesterday!
In statistical terms, Bronson commits the dual sin of convenience sampling (e-mailing his friends and gathering people from his circles of journalism and finance) and self-reporting bias (some people approached him based on how badly they wanted to tell their story). He also demonstrates a willingness to involve himself with his subjects, which he grapples with as a moral hurdle a few times and which has a direct effect on some stories. It feels more like Bronson drags the story along at times: by asking the questions he does and expressing the opinions to his subjects, he acknowledges his own views on the topic rather than properly reflecting the views of others.
That all being said, it made the book interesting to read.
While the book could drag at times, there should be at least one story for everyone out there job hunting. If you can put aside the fact that many of these people never had to worry about money as much as they had to worry about what they would do in the course of a day, then you can find a lesson that Bronson attempts to extract from the circumstances. He's a capable and interesting writer, if not an objective reporter.