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by Po Bronson

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  • ISBN 0436205904
  • ISBN13 978-0436205903
  • Language English
  • Author Po Bronson
  • Publisher Vintage Uk (January 31, 2003)
  • Pages 288
  • Formats azw mbr lrf txt
  • Category Social Science
  • Subcategory Social Sciences
  • Size ePub 1459 kb
  • Size Fb2 1398 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 744


In What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson manages to create a career book that is a page-turner. Bronson wants to understand what makes these people-among them a timid college career counselor trapped in his job, a farmer bullish on risk-taking, a financial expert grabbing an opportunity to rebuild her brokerage firm devastated by the World Trade Center tragedy and a scientist who rethinks his lifelong work and becomes a lawyer-tick.

Po Bronson tells the inspirational true stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that great question

Po Bronson tells the inspirational true stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that great question. With humor, empathy, and insight, Bronson writes of remarkable individuals-from young to old, from those just starting out to those in a second career-who have overcome fear and confusion to find a larger truth about In What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson tells the inspirational true stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that great question. I remember the first time I saw a book titled "What Should I Do With My Life?" in a store and thought to myself, "What kind of ass thinks he can answer that question in a book?"

Who's Reading This Book. What Should I Do With My Life? is used by far more than professionals at a mid-career reckoning point

Who's Reading This Book. What Should I Do With My Life? is used by far more than professionals at a mid-career reckoning point. It's widely read by those facing college graduation, and it's been assigned to incoming freshman at some big universities like UMKC, Rutgers, Tenn State, and West Texas A&M. One New York State Supreme Court Justice used it to counsel his son upon graduation. But it's also picked up by those recently diagnosed with cancer who have been given a short time to live.

This book tackles the terrifying question that most of us face at some point in our lives: 'what should I do with my life?', and provides illuminating answers

This book tackles the terrifying question that most of us face at some point in our lives: 'what should I do with my life?', and provides illuminating answers. From the investment banker who gave it all up to become a catfish farmer in Mississippi, to the chemical engineer from Walthamstow who decided to become a lawyer in his sixties.

Author Po Bronson was asking himself that very question when he decided to write this book-an inspiring exploration of how .

Author Po Bronson was asking himself that very question when he decided to write this book-an inspiring exploration of how people transform their lives and a template for how we can answer this question for ourselves. Related QuestionsMore Answers Below.

What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question full book. org/pdf?id 0375758984.

Po Bronson manages to create a career book that is a page-turner. Publishers Weekly In What Should I Do with My Life ? Po Bronson tells the inspirational true stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that great question.

When Po talks with Bart Hanford, a former Clinton White House staffer, about his professional struggles, Bart . I chuckled in spite of myself when Bronson observed at another point in the book the culture of DC turns everyone into expert spinmeisters

When Po talks with Bart Hanford, a former Clinton White House staffer, about his professional struggles, Bart confesses: I’ve got to get over my inferiority complex. To which Po responds: Or use common sense to tune it out. You worked for the White House, for god’s sake. That’s pretty impressive. I chuckled in spite of myself when Bronson observed at another point in the book the culture of DC turns everyone into expert spinmeisters. What I had stopped recognizing were the ways this city and this country has taught me to be always wanting more – a job with more responsibility, more prestige, more challenge – without thinking why.

In What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson manages to create a career book that is a page-turner.

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Voodoosida
Just started reading this, and each of the stories is distinctive and impressive, for a big part by the way the author has written it, including honest observations about himself as well as the person when interviewed/visited. I limit my intake to about two per night, as each story has quite some umph, or impact to it, and one wants to let that resonate in oneself, if one is to use this reading as a tool to find in oneself what it is one could be looking for. The author has ordered the stories in a particular way, and explains that upfront, which I'm still trying to understand, as I'm working my way through the first part (of eight). But it's one of those books that's a hit, and you are looking forward to the next day/story. Find it very inspiring, and recognize things being said about a person, about a situation they're in or the attitude they have that prevents them. The author sometimes presses, if needed, but most of the time seems pretty laid back in terms of providing guidance/feedback to the person in question. But I like it when there is soul-searching depth to the conversation, as to the why and why-nots. One can't help the notion that often times the 'way' for the person is found by looking under their very own 'boots' (to borrow Walt Whitman's expression). It's pretty massive the book, which should give one a lot of inspiration, for a long time. Definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for something like a goal on the level of their earthly lives, but not quite knowing what it is yet.

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.
Cargahibe
Let's start off with this: Don't go in expecting to get an immediate answer to the question posed by the title. Bronson used that as a lure to find people to interview. While he does answer it in an indirect way throughout the book (making me exercise my highlighting function on my Kindle), his approach is unorthodox. Don't go in expecting self-help; go in expecting collection of short biographies.

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.
WOGY
I came across Po's book a few weeks ago, and I loved it. I am asking these questions in my own life, wondering what to do with the
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!
Robin
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