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
What should I do with my life?
It's a question many of us have wondered with frequency. 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. Po traveled t... more »he country in search of individuals who have struggled to find their calling, their true nature. People who made mistakes before getting it right. People of all ages and all professions -- fascinating individuals trying to answer questions such as: Is a career supposed to feel like a destiny? How do I tell the difference between a curiosity and a passion? Should I make money first, to fund my dream? If I have a child, will my frustration over my work go away? Should I accept my lot, make peace with my ambition, and stop stressing out? Why do I feel guilty for thinking about this? This audiobook is like listening in on an intimate conversation among people you care about and admire. There is wisdom and guidance in these stories of people who found meaningful answers by daring to be honest with themselves. "We all have passions if we choose to see them," Bronson writes. "Most of us don't get epiphanies. We don't get clarity. Our purpose doesn't arrive neatly packaged as destiny. We only get a whisper. A blank, non-specific urge. That's how it starts." With humor, empathy, and insight, Po Bronson probes the depths of people who learned how to hear the whisper, who overcame fear and confusion to find a larger truth about their lives. A meditation, a journey, and a triumph of storytelling, What Should I Do With My Life? is a life-changing audiobook.« less
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.