Monday, June 01, 2009

June 2009 E-Book of the Month

The Career Clinic
Eight Simple Rules for Finding Work You Love

by Maureen Anderson
AMACOM Books, 2008
Product ID: 251065

Since the Baby Boom generation, we have been raised with a sense that self-fulfillment is one of our inalienable rights—yet most of us probably do not love our work. As the longtime host of a radio show devoted to helping people find careers they love, Maureen Anderson has often invited listeners in to hear firsthand accounts of people who not only relish their work, but live without regret.

The Career Clinic: Eight Simple Rules for Finding Work You Love by Maureen Anderson (AMACOM 2008) collects intimate and revealing first-hand accounts of people who have made the leap from the 9-to-5 doldrums into jobs that leave them feeling happy, satisfied, and filled with the sense of contentment that comes from knowing they're doing what they were put on this earth to do.


S.M. Stirling said...

Actually, self-fulfillment -isn't- a inalienable right; and thinking so is narcissism.

Life is hard, then you die. Most work is drudgery, and you do it to eat and feed your children. The primary qualification for being a 'good person', one who isn't a waste of oxygen and living space, is to fulfill your -duties and obligations-. If you get some happiness along the way, all to the good; if not, suck it up.

A thousand generations of our peasant ancestors knew this stuff down in their bones, and it would be well to keep it in mind.

Part of growing up is realizing that a) you are just not that important, and b) you're not going to get things because you want them.

MicaelaA said...

Ok, S.M. Sounds a bit more realistic than a lot of career seekers want to hear. And honestly, I found a career that I enjoy and that pays for my food and shelter.

I recommend "The Well-Dressed Ape" for a biologist's take on the human condition. And I recommend "Dies the Fire"
"A Meeting at Corvallis"
"The Protector’s War"
"The Scourge of God: A Novel of the Change" and
"The Sunrise Lands" for a novelization of the author's views. (Why aren't you writing instead of reading my blog? I want to read the next book in this distopia.)