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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful advice on finding more fulfilling work - but not suited to all, 13 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: How to Find Fulfilling Work (The School of Life) (Kindle Edition)
Krznaric took on a noble task - namely trying to help people escape less than satisfying jobs for something more fulfilling. As much as this is a relatively common complaint the author also limits himself early on to advising more or less those of us, who have enough of a safety net to be able to experiment - in other words, the book works best for the middle class. As stated repeatedly throughout the book, little of the advice is useful to those really struggling to make ends meet.

Where you are on that spectrum will then naturally determine how useful you find the book.

The book consists of a combination of research, single cases of people who successfully made the changes in the way advocated and the author's interpretation / own experience. If I was to make an assessment on the balance between the components, it is probably mostly light on the hard research supporting the findings.

Be that as it may, most of the advice is intuitively appealing, even if occassionally a bit naive in terms of how easy / hard it would be to implement the advice offered. One of the main thrusts of the book - namely to exeriment more and analyze only after acquiring some experience is certainly interesting. Few people will be ble to really afford long sabbaticals and serial experimentation in the way recommended but many of the other options described may very well be doable for the average career seeker.

While I find the book adds value, I feel there is better material out there. Something like Pink's Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us will add a bit more on what aspects of a job people find motivating (something this book does, too but to a lesser extent), Bronson's What Should I Do With My Life? brings many more case examples of why or how people choose careers (also coming from all walks of life, not just middle class examples) and various works from Foley (such as Embracing the Ordinary: Lessons From the Champions of Everyday Life or The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes it Hard to be Happy) will give you a better idea on how to derive more enjoyment from life, whether you change jobs or not.

Irrespective, there is little wrong with the book and it is likely to get readers at least thinking about the choices made in life and how the career ones could be altered subsequently to something more satisfying. The fact that it is relatively compact and that it reads easily helps, too.
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