Born for This

Born for This

How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Finding the work you were “born to do” isn’t just about discovering your passion. Doing what brings you joy is great, but if you aren’t earning a living, it’s a hobby, not a career. And those who jump out of bed excited to go to work every morning don’t just have jobs that turn their passions into paychecks. They have jobs where they also can lose themselves for hours in the flow of meaningful work. This intersection of joy, money, and flow is what Guillebeau will help you find in this book. Through inspiring stories of those who have successfully landed their dream career, as well as actionable tools, exercises, and thought experiments, he’ll guide you through today’s vast menu of career options to discover the work perfectly suited to your unique interests, skills, and experiences.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Business,, [2016]
©2016
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101903988
1101903988
Characteristics: vi, 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary: Finding the work you were “born to do” isn’t just about discovering your passion. Doing what brings you joy is great, but if you aren’t earning a living, it’s a hobby, not a career. And those who jump out of bed excited to go to work every morning don’t just have jobs that turn their passions into paychecks. They have jobs where they also can lose themselves for hours in the flow of meaningful work. This intersection of joy, money, and flow is what Guillebeau will help you find in this book. Through inspiring stories of those who have successfully landed their dream career, as well as actionable tools, exercises, and thought experiments, he’ll guide you through today’s vast menu of career options to discover the work perfectly suited to your unique interests, skills, and experiences.

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thenexd
May 24, 2019

The concept of a "dream job" seems out of reach for many, but Chris Guillebeau's book may provide a head start on the journey. Chris's style is readable and accessible. One of the things that was really memorable for me was his somewhat contrarian chapter on knowing when to change course.

A quote from page 287:

"Never give up" is bad advice. Real winners won't hesitate to walk away from an unsuccessful venture. Master the art of moving on by learning when to quit and when to keep going.

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mjl6482
Aug 28, 2017

Like other reviews, I agree it was an easy read book. I was however disappointed in that it was yet another "self help" book with an enticing title that doesn't actually "do" what the title says. Like many other books with "how to" in the title, it doesn't tell you "how to" anything. Some interesting stories of what others have experienced but I found it frustratingly unhelpful.

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iamirak
Aug 18, 2016

This book started out slowly and I wasn't sure why it had gotten great reviews on a podcast that I listened to (and trust).
But, once the author got to the 100-person project, I started to really enjoy this. After that, there were several messages and ideas I found particularly useful and relevant to my life.

This was an easy read and I think it was worth it.

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kevinw55
Apr 13, 2016

Is this helpful? Not so much, but its alright.
Best book ever? Probably not.
Anyway its a fun and easy read

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