What Should I Do with My Life? : The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
What Should I Do with My Life The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question Author:Po Bronson 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. 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 ... more »fear and confusion to find a larger truth about their lives and, in doing so, have been transformed by the experience. What Should I Do with My Life? struck a powerful, resonant chord on publication, causing a multitude of people to rethink their vocations and priorities and start on the path to finding their true place in the world. For this edition, Bronson has added nine new profiles, to further reflect the range and diversity of those who broke away from the chorus to learn the sound of their own voice.« less
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I don't think I ever read the title and thought about what it meant. This book isn't about telling you the perfect job for you; it's about the different paths people have taken to try and find their place in the world. Some had almost no physical (i.e. location, job) change, but a huge mental one. Others moved around the world or from one job extreme to another. Some did all of the above. Some folks succeeded easily, some haven't reached it yet. All seem to be continuing to grow and change.
This book has made me realize that asking this question isnt silly or childish or even selfish. The journey really is as important to our appreciation of the final destination as the goal itself and in a lot of the stories was necessary to the appreciation. And one of the sweetest bits to see was that it really is never too late to start looking for the answers.
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Helpful Score: 5
This book is not about "what should I do with my life", it is about "what should I do for my next job". It has the above title because it is about people whose only meaning in life is their job. You will not find people in those book who have a job because they need money to support their family, rather it is about affluent people with a great resume who are blocked in a rigid corporation who then take a demotion to pursue work which better fits their personality. It is about bankers who become farmers and not about farmers who decide they would like to be a banker. I was not able to connect with the people in the book. They mostly seemed like affluent, navel gazing, whiners.
I did enjoy this book overall. I liked the personal stories that are scattered throughout the book. However I expected it to be a bit more like a 'plan' to help me figure out what I want to do. It was not that. So adjusting my expectations, this was a good book and worth the read.
In What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson manages to create a career book that is a page-turner. His 50 vivid profiles of people searching for "their soft spot--their true calling" will engage readers because Bronson is asking himself the same question. He explores his premise, that "nothing is braver than people facing up to their own identity," as an anthropologist and autobiographer. He tackles thorny, nuanced issues about self-determination. Among them: paradoxes of money and meaning, authorship and destiny, brain candy and novelty versus soul food. Bronsons stories, limited to professional people and complete with photos, are gems. They include a Los Angeles lawyer who became a priest, a Harvard MBA catfish farmer turned biotech executive, and a Silicon Valley real estate agent who opened a leather crafts factory in Costa Rica.