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Stop Hating Your Job And Take Control Of Your Life by [Tiwari, Shantnu]
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I first came across the author's blog on Hacker News a while back. Among the usual links to the latest hot startups, and programming links was a link to a post on how to cope with depression (a problem I've occasionally grappled with). As I was feeling quite down at the time, and it was my lunchbreak during a rather bad day I went and read it and I found that the advice in the post really resonated with me and helped me out. I went on to read the rest of the blog, and I found some really good advice on other things so when I saw that Shantnu was writing a career advice book, I figured "why not?" and downloaded it.

"Stop Being The Hamster" is a breath of fresh air compared with other career advice/self-help books, and during an earlier phase of my life I was a connoisseur of these. A particular criticism of many books that I have is that they develop some sort of weird pseudo-mystical system (and in some cases, actually magical) that you must "learn to apply" in order to do well in the world, and as a physicist and a skeptic of the paranormal I hate these. Shantnu manages to cut through all the crap and tells you what you need to hear and probably when you need to hear it too if you're reading the book.

Rather than tell you about a secret mystical system, he just starts out by telling you what the problem is that likely caused you to consider the book and then carries on to tell you strategies and ideas on how to solve it plainly and clearly, also giving some rather amusing opinions on the sources of the common myths of our society that often cause people to stumble and fall in their careers and end up unhappy in their job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tiwari tells the truth, and wins 16 Jan. 2015
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I got the ebook version as a gift, and out of boredom, I read it in one night (it's a short read). I found that it was surprisingly brutally honest in how to navigate business either as an employee or entrepreneur. Tiwari states a simple, yet difficult and often ignored truth in the beginning: you are not special. Despite all the technology and media designed to make us feel self-important, the people who should care about what we do, don't. The only people who are respected are those who create things that matter.

Now before I get this author accused of advocating American Dream-like optimism, it's important to know off the bat that Tiwari has a take-no-prisoners approach in his writing style. The details Tiwari uses to describe us modern day workers may have one feeling a little insulted. Take it as Tiwari's way of getting you off your a**, out of a job you hate, and into the type of life you want.

Mind you, this book is not designed to make you feel good. It also doesn't function as a career blueprint, nor does it operate under the premise that the Tiwari's way is the best way. If you are looking for a copy + paste type of lifestyle model among the chapters, you won't like it. It relies strictly on the reader to take initiative in moving forward.

Here's what readers can expect as takeaways from the book:
1. Finding your "tribe" by seeing your audience as your community first, and clientele second
2. How to establish an audience by getting people to listen to you by providing a service that helps them.
3. How to work with difficult people, not around them, in accomplishing your goals.
4. How to survive a mediocre job until you can afford to quit **(or what to do when office politics become to overwhelming to deal with)
5. Creating products or services that illustrate your expertise and build credibility
6. Practicing self-advocacy in the work you produced **(this is particularly the strongest point in the book. I get the overall sense that Tiwari wants to motivate readers not to be afraid to promote their strengths, and use those strengths to drive creativity)

Tiwari concludes simply by explaining the obvious: if you don't like where your life is heading, you have to be instrumental and work to change it. I recommend this book not only for those who are looking to build a rep as an expert in their industry, but also for anyone who is making the leap from consumer to producer.
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