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Only £4.95 - it should be ten times that price!
on 24 November 2012
....So why only two stars? Because those for whom it will prove useful would have that kind of money to throw around.
This book is aimed squarely at successful, middle-class professionals who want to switch to a more 'meaningful/fulfilling' career - the author states as much, mentioning that those struggling to support a family on minimum wage or searching for work in their local job centre won't have the luxury of following the advice in this book.
So, its all 'This particular middle class professional gave up being a managing director/lawyer/systems analyst/award-winning documentary film maker & found happiness by becoming head of a charity that provides sewerage systems for third world children, etc, or offers advice on how to give up your current job of working as an investment banker & becoming a literary agent. Or if you're not sure what you really want to do, you could take a year off & try out different careers till you find something that gives you a real sense of fulfilment.... (OK, he chucks in a couple of examples of 'ordinary' folk who found the kind of fulfilling career he's talking about, but its obvious they're the exceptions, and light years from being the rule).
Fine, but for those of us living in the real world...
I can't say I found nothing in this book (or in the others of the series I've read 'How to Stay Sane', 'How to Stop Worrying about Money) but apart from the odd little quote, or 'hmmm' moment they aren't aimed at those of us who are just trying to get our families through the bad times - How to Stay Sane cites an example of a couple arguing over who should do which household task & offers the suggestion that they should either work out a roster or *hire a cleaner* (we can all afford that option, can't we?), How to Stop Worrying about Money (probably the best of the three I've read) has the author offering advice on how to learn to live with the disappointment of not being able to afford that nice little Georgian coffee table that would fit so nicely in his living room.
I know some will accuse me of inverse snobbery or some such, but hey... These books will clearly be useful to those they are aimed at, but for those of us who are struggling to support a family on minimum wage or not much more - or actually anyone not currently paying the top rate of income tax - they don't offer much other than escapist fantasy about what your life could be like if only you were rich & successful - and you can indulge in that for a quid every Wednesday & Saturday.
In the end this felt like "'How to Find Lovely Shoes' - are you unhappy with your current shoes? Looking for different footwear to give meaning to your life? Now, obviously, this book isn't aimed at those people who have to scrape together enough to get their shoes from discount shoe shops, & have to wear their cheap shoes till they fall apart, but for those of you who are feeling miserable with your Manolo Blahniks it may be worth considering a nice pair of Jimmy Choos - and don't rule out Christian Louboutin! If you're unsure which way to go, you could maybe try a pair of each for a while until you find the pair that's just right for you. One lifetime wearer of Blahniks became so unhappy with the meaninglessness of wearing them day in day out that she just upped & bought a pair of Giuseppe Zanottis on a whim & never looked back."