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To the outside observer, it seems like they ve won the career lottery that by some stroke of luck or circumstance, they ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn t even feel like work, and they re getting paid well to do it. In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the be To the outside observer, it seems like they ve won the career lottery that by some stroke of luck or circumstance, they ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn t even feel like work, and they re getting paid well to do it. In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of "The $100 Startup," has created a practical guide for how to do it whethe rwithin a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own. 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. You ll learn how to: Hack the job of your dreams within a traditional organization by making it work for you Find not only your ideal work but also your ideal working conditions Create plans that will allow you to take smarter career risks and beat the house every time Start a profitable side hustle and earn extra cashon top of your primary stream of income Escape the prison of working for someone else and build a mini-empire as an entrepreneur Become a rock star at any creative endeavor by creating a loyal base of fans and followers Whichever path you choose, this book will show you how to find that one job or career that feels so right, it s like you w


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To the outside observer, it seems like they ve won the career lottery that by some stroke of luck or circumstance, they ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn t even feel like work, and they re getting paid well to do it. In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the be To the outside observer, it seems like they ve won the career lottery that by some stroke of luck or circumstance, they ve found the one thing they love so much that it doesn t even feel like work, and they re getting paid well to do it. In reality, their good fortune has nothing to do with chance. There s a method for finding your perfect job, and Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of "The $100 Startup," has created a practical guide for how to do it whethe rwithin a traditional company or business, or by striking out on your own. 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. You ll learn how to: Hack the job of your dreams within a traditional organization by making it work for you Find not only your ideal work but also your ideal working conditions Create plans that will allow you to take smarter career risks and beat the house every time Start a profitable side hustle and earn extra cashon top of your primary stream of income Escape the prison of working for someone else and build a mini-empire as an entrepreneur Become a rock star at any creative endeavor by creating a loyal base of fans and followers Whichever path you choose, this book will show you how to find that one job or career that feels so right, it s like you w

30 review for Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

  1. 5 out of 5

    abby

    This book says a lot, without saying much of anything at all. There is honestly nothing in this book that readers haven't gleamed from other sources or simply common sense. The author stresses the importance of a Joy-Money-Flow model. It's where what you love, what you're good at, and what pays a livable wage come together on the Venn diagram. I think most people already know this. The problem, imo, is that it genuinely does not exist for a majority of people, and the missing element is usually m This book says a lot, without saying much of anything at all. There is honestly nothing in this book that readers haven't gleamed from other sources or simply common sense. The author stresses the importance of a Joy-Money-Flow model. It's where what you love, what you're good at, and what pays a livable wage come together on the Venn diagram. I think most people already know this. The problem, imo, is that it genuinely does not exist for a majority of people, and the missing element is usually money. If you already have the joy and flow figured out, this book won't give you any read ideas of how to monetize it. And, frankly, when the author details all the pots he has hands in, I found it very unbelievable that they all fit his model. I suspect he is doing what he's suggesting his readers don't have to: he's making compromises to pay the bills. I also take exception with his "winners are quitters" approach. Change can be good, but suggesting readers change jobs or college majors every year on the dot until they are happy is a recipe for debt and low wages. I did enjoy the chapter about side hustles, but it wasn't enough for me to recommend this book. * I received an ARC of this title courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I am such a sucker for these type of books. I read them thinking that 'this will surely be the book that maps out my future for me!' And then I end up learning virtually nothing new. Writing is fine and there are a few interesting stories of how others found their dream work....I am still waiting for my great epiphany.... I am such a sucker for these type of books. I read them thinking that 'this will surely be the book that maps out my future for me!' And then I end up learning virtually nothing new. Writing is fine and there are a few interesting stories of how others found their dream work....I am still waiting for my great epiphany....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Well that was another mild disappointment. Lots of rah-rah cheerleading talk, some really short, superficial stories of when (not how) people achieved their dream job or what they thought differently but not how they exercised the demons of doubt we all carry. Some interesting notions to consider like "write your resume of the future to help define your goals", but it's also spoiled by unhelpful BS like "don't just be good - be so good they can't ignore you". Did not finish - moving on to The Pat Well that was another mild disappointment. Lots of rah-rah cheerleading talk, some really short, superficial stories of when (not how) people achieved their dream job or what they thought differently but not how they exercised the demons of doubt we all carry. Some interesting notions to consider like "write your resume of the future to help define your goals", but it's also spoiled by unhelpful BS like "don't just be good - be so good they can't ignore you". Did not finish - moving on to The Pathfinder (Lore) to see what a practical workbook has to offer.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    This was only ok. If you’ve never thought about work outside of the classical 9-5 setup, this might be an ok starting point. It’s not very focused or action-oriented, which is how I prefer my self help Books and this is definitely a career self help book. It’s heavy on the anecdotes - something I hate in self help books. I still agree with most of the content, there just wasn’t anything new, especially if you’ve already read another book by the same author. I got more out of the 100 $ startup boo This was only ok. If you’ve never thought about work outside of the classical 9-5 setup, this might be an ok starting point. It’s not very focused or action-oriented, which is how I prefer my self help Books and this is definitely a career self help book. It’s heavy on the anecdotes - something I hate in self help books. I still agree with most of the content, there just wasn’t anything new, especially if you’ve already read another book by the same author. I got more out of the 100 $ startup book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    Gives you a framework for thinking about your life and what work might be your best suited match. The first half of the book is a lot of conceptual/inspirational stuff and the second half gets into slightly more specific information on various topics, however this book is really just a starting point to get you thinking - if you want a career change you will have to do a lot more thinking and research than just what this book provides.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jocelin Higgins

    Born for This is an easy to understand and quite useful guide to exploring and navigating one's career world in the current age. Chris reaches out to people that are still looking for their optimal and best fit career or who want to find more than one to increase their income with a side hustle. He offers practical advice and gives plenty of examples of people who are working their dream job, which is encouraging for people to read who haven't found theirs yet. He stresses finding work with the m Born for This is an easy to understand and quite useful guide to exploring and navigating one's career world in the current age. Chris reaches out to people that are still looking for their optimal and best fit career or who want to find more than one to increase their income with a side hustle. He offers practical advice and gives plenty of examples of people who are working their dream job, which is encouraging for people to read who haven't found theirs yet. He stresses finding work with the most combination of joy, money and flow. It does lean more on being an entrepreneur and how you can rise to success faster following this model, but the advice can apply also to those wanting to work within larger organizations or corporations as well. The important aspect is that you are happy with your choice and able to bring your gifts forward in the way that you most desire. The only advice missing from this helpful guidebook, is exploring the spiritual side. He doesn't address the how to find "what you were put on the planet to do" by seeking wisdom from the other side--the non-ordinary realm or the metaphysical side. No mediation, prayer or journeying is touched on. He does discuss how "being is the flow" is a great sign and how to keep seeking for what you are born to do until you find it, as this is what will truly allow you to win the "career lottery" and be a more fulfilled and content person. He teaches how we often need to re-write our "mind scripts" because we have been programmed to limit ourselves or not see opportunities and have the faith to go for them. I've written a more in-depth review of this book on my blog, www.feelbetterwellness.com. Lastly, he has created a free and interesting quiz to learn about your preferred work style here: www.bornforthisbook.com/quiz

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pam Boling

    First of all, I'd like to say that I am not one who received an ARC. I know some think reviews from ARC readers might be biased, so please dispense with that thinking straight away. I have, however, followed Chris' blog for many years, although I've done so mostly 'in the shadows.' I've read two of his other books, and this one pales in comparison, in my opinion. It is still a good read. A book like this one is necessarily generic. It would be impossible to be specific, so if you're looking for a First of all, I'd like to say that I am not one who received an ARC. I know some think reviews from ARC readers might be biased, so please dispense with that thinking straight away. I have, however, followed Chris' blog for many years, although I've done so mostly 'in the shadows.' I've read two of his other books, and this one pales in comparison, in my opinion. It is still a good read. A book like this one is necessarily generic. It would be impossible to be specific, so if you're looking for advice on finding the exact career for which you were born, a la "What Color is Your Parachute?" et al, this would not meet those criteria. It isn't a blueprint-type book. Rather, Chris presents us with a virtual buffet of career delectables, with many islands to navigate. He doesn't draw any roadmaps, but he shows us how to figure out which is the best navigation system for us. It's like taking a trip: some of us prefer to drive; others fly. Some prefer booking tours with guides. Others, we rent cars on arrival and find our own way. Still others hike the wilderness. There is no right or wrong way, as he mentions more than once. He is a very motivational writer and great storyteller, as well as knowledgeable on business building. This book is an exceptional guide for the person who wants general information and a swift kick (motivation) to get off their duffs. For someone wanting specific guidance, not so much.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Wainwright

    Full disclosure: I adore Chris Guillebeau as both an all-around great human and a writer. He is generous, curious, kind. He is true blue. He looks out for other people's best interest, and has as his main goal in life to help other people connect with what will help them most fully come alive (which I believe means to either to find that particular thing you're meant to be doing, or to adopt a way of being that allows you to be in deepest service no matter where you are—and hopefully, both). Like Full disclosure: I adore Chris Guillebeau as both an all-around great human and a writer. He is generous, curious, kind. He is true blue. He looks out for other people's best interest, and has as his main goal in life to help other people connect with what will help them most fully come alive (which I believe means to either to find that particular thing you're meant to be doing, or to adopt a way of being that allows you to be in deepest service no matter where you are—and hopefully, both). Like his other books, this is both practical and inspiring. He shrinks at the "inspiring" part; he really is all about actions. But hey, sometimes a little motivation is required to get people to vote in their own interests, so not much harm in being inspiring (provided you're also providing the goods). I hate to even look, but I'm a snoop by nature, and I see that the reviews really range for this, from over-the-top glowing to utterly dismissive. I might offer up this, by way of being helpful: if you're new to the notion of self-direction or if you're in need of an infusion of inspiration AND the voice of this book speaks to you, get it. There is a backlash of shaming around the self-help genre these days which I find spectacularly non-useful. There is not now, nor has there ever been, any shame in going after the help you need.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cosmic Arcata

    I read this book twice! I loved the examples and the path to finding what you were born to do. It is organic as opposed to linear (school). I have seen these ideas in action both in my own life and in others. The ideas expressed here are a jumping off point for your own growth. No one can tell you what you were born to do. But listening to this book can give you channels that you might not have thought of for finding that next opportunity.

  10. 4 out of 5

    B

    I don't think there was anything all that new in here to enlighten readers. Some of the metaphors didn't quite fit, many of the situations were oversimplified and generic, and some of the stories (and ultimately, advice) is contradictory. The writing style was average, but accessible. But, maybe that was your point: appeal to the masses. 300+pages of blah I don't think there was anything all that new in here to enlighten readers. Some of the metaphors didn't quite fit, many of the situations were oversimplified and generic, and some of the stories (and ultimately, advice) is contradictory. The writing style was average, but accessible. But, maybe that was your point: appeal to the masses. 300+pages of blah

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ayelet

    This book made me re-think my own work in terms of the intersection of joy/work/flow. Are all three needs being met? Is this the job I was born to do? Should I be developing a side hustle? Definite yes on that last part.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emmy Hermina Nathasia

    "Born For This shows you how to find the work you were meant to do, which actually might consist of many different forms of work over the course of your life, by showing you the power of a side hustle, proper risk-assessment, creating your own job and pursuing all of your passions – one at a time." This is the second book of Chris Guillebeau that I read after Side Hustle. And I am not disappointed. Where Side Hustle is an 123-ABC type of to-do-list type of book, Born for This is at a higher leve "Born For This shows you how to find the work you were meant to do, which actually might consist of many different forms of work over the course of your life, by showing you the power of a side hustle, proper risk-assessment, creating your own job and pursuing all of your passions – one at a time." This is the second book of Chris Guillebeau that I read after Side Hustle. And I am not disappointed. Where Side Hustle is an 123-ABC type of to-do-list type of book, Born for This is at a higher level. Not as brief and with longer explanation. I definitely benefitted more from this book. Among useful take-aways that I can share here is: 1) to always have a back-up plan. If A doesn't work, there's still 25 more alphabets to choose from. 2) find the right work for yourself. You can do this by making a list of all the skills you’re good at and the things you hate doing. Another thing that you might not do/didn't notice is to pay attention to what other people ask you for help with. Sometimes we ourselves didn't realise what our skills are and needed other people to point it out. 3) to be aware that people change. It is okay to change change your work or passion as time goes. We make the mistake to be attached to the idea that we have to settle for one thing in our entire life! I definitely encourage people who are dissatisfied with current work/life, who are looking for answers, or who are merely intrigue, to read this. I wouldn't want to guarantee that you will find an answer, and you will suddenly be happy with life and find a purpose what-so-ever. In the end, it's up to the individual. If one is positive and open mind to the possibilities in life, I'm sure this book will benefit you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sumit Singla

    Born for This is a bit of a disappointment. And in hindsight, the title does appear to be that of a self-help book - something that promises you a pot of gold. And if you haven't got your pot of gold already, then clearly you're not trying hard enough. I thought the author tries too hard to oversimplify things and preach at the reader. The stories and anecdotes are sketchy and honestly not enough to make a significant enough change in my life. Advice like "Don't just be good, be so good they can' Born for This is a bit of a disappointment. And in hindsight, the title does appear to be that of a self-help book - something that promises you a pot of gold. And if you haven't got your pot of gold already, then clearly you're not trying hard enough. I thought the author tries too hard to oversimplify things and preach at the reader. The stories and anecdotes are sketchy and honestly not enough to make a significant enough change in my life. Advice like "Don't just be good, be so good they can't ignore you." is utterly pointless and lame. I've been a fan of the author's blog and his earlier book, but this one is surely not for me. All the author really needed to make his point was a one-page blog post talking about the intersection of joy, work, and flow.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teri Temme

    Excellent! The 3 Minute MBA is spot on. I would not trade my MBA experience, but if you are short on time or money - this is all you need to know! Chris does it again

  15. 5 out of 5

    Judge

    I started following Chris Guillebeau because of his knowledge of travel and travel hacking. I then read his book 'The Art of Non-Conformity' and enjoyed that one. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of his latest book 'Born For This' and got to meet him in person on his book tour. These kind of books are great reinforcements for the thoughts I already have as well as introducing new ideas for me to mull over. Each reader will take away different things from this book. Some may find it very I started following Chris Guillebeau because of his knowledge of travel and travel hacking. I then read his book 'The Art of Non-Conformity' and enjoyed that one. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of his latest book 'Born For This' and got to meet him in person on his book tour. These kind of books are great reinforcements for the thoughts I already have as well as introducing new ideas for me to mull over. Each reader will take away different things from this book. Some may find it very helpful on kick starting their quest on finding their dream job and others may take only a few things away from it. Ultimately it is the reader who must take the actions in their life to land that dream job, promotion, etc. in life. This book has many helpful steps that one can utilize to help them down that path. I usually read a book like this with a pen, underlining, taking notes and then going back re-reading those notes and passages. Also great to pass along the book to a friend when done with it; share the knowledge. I recommend this book to anyone searching to find the work they were meant to do.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karen Fasimpaur

    Have you met someone who seems to have the perfect job or career? Have you wondered if there’s something more for you in the world of work, but felt like it was out of reach? Finding the work you were born for is one of the best things in the world, and in this book, Chris Guillebeau lays out the vision and then supplies the methods and tools to achieve it. Guillebeau establishes the key components in finding what you were born to do: finding joy (what you like to do), flow (what you’re good at), Have you met someone who seems to have the perfect job or career? Have you wondered if there’s something more for you in the world of work, but felt like it was out of reach? Finding the work you were born for is one of the best things in the world, and in this book, Chris Guillebeau lays out the vision and then supplies the methods and tools to achieve it. Guillebeau establishes the key components in finding what you were born to do: finding joy (what you like to do), flow (what you’re good at), and money (what supports you). The path to this is different for everyone, and this book lays out options that range from finding a great job to remaking your current job to starting your own business to being a DIY rock star. The book includes chapters on finding profitable “side hustles” to pursuing multiple career paths. Whether you are a young kid just out of school or an established long-term professional, you’ll find inspiration for success and happiness in this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Madam J

    If you're a self-help/inspiration book fiend like me, you put up with a lot of repetition and spend a lot of time questioning your life book choices. Sometimes though, there's a payoff when you find something you didn't expect, or an author takes a deep-dive into a subject and you actually learn something new about yourself, the world, or a subject. This book didn't do that. It didn't fall to the bottom of the pile, but runs somewhere in the lower-middle of the pack. There was no new real insight If you're a self-help/inspiration book fiend like me, you put up with a lot of repetition and spend a lot of time questioning your life book choices. Sometimes though, there's a payoff when you find something you didn't expect, or an author takes a deep-dive into a subject and you actually learn something new about yourself, the world, or a subject. This book didn't do that. It didn't fall to the bottom of the pile, but runs somewhere in the lower-middle of the pack. There was no new real insights, though I found the notion of resume writing to be novel. Side-hustles was interesting, but not entirely fulfilling. Heavy on anecdotes, light on actionable items, somewhat oversimplified and pretty generic. On the other hand, it's accessible and the writing is fine. If you've never read another book in this genre, it guess it would be an okay book to look at, but there are stronger choices out there.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I got an advance copy of the book and given that I've been in the same (meant-to-do) job/profession for 20 years thought it would be a book that would help me around supporting my patients who are unhappy or in transition. What I ended up with was that and more. I gave it 5 stars because of the impact it has already had on my 'side hustle.' Guillebeau's approach got me thinking about how I can approach my second business in a very different and more effective way. This alone made it well worth t I got an advance copy of the book and given that I've been in the same (meant-to-do) job/profession for 20 years thought it would be a book that would help me around supporting my patients who are unhappy or in transition. What I ended up with was that and more. I gave it 5 stars because of the impact it has already had on my 'side hustle.' Guillebeau's approach got me thinking about how I can approach my second business in a very different and more effective way. This alone made it well worth the read for me. I'm looking forward to implementing the changes as well as recommending the book to my patients and friends struggling with what they want to do with their work days.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was written well and it was engaging. It had a lot of great advice and I found it to be very encouraging and inspiring. I bought this book because I love Chris' other book: The Happiness of Pursuit. I would recommend this book to anyone interested or who is struggling to figure out what they want to do with their life. I'm excited to see Chris next week while he's on tour! I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was written well and it was engaging. It had a lot of great advice and I found it to be very encouraging and inspiring. I bought this book because I love Chris' other book: The Happiness of Pursuit. I would recommend this book to anyone interested or who is struggling to figure out what they want to do with their life. I'm excited to see Chris next week while he's on tour!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charles Franklin

    Great, non-traditional guide to building a non-traditional life.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Reaz

    2.5 stars. The author says that writing a book isn’t that hard. Well, if you repeat the same things over and over, I guess it isn’t.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kaylie

    I'm a sucker for self-help books but still find them difficult to rate and review. It's my fault, really. Despite following various authors on habits, essentialism, marketing, and entrepreneurship, I expected some life-changing light bulb moment. When in reality, these books require wading through the murkiness, without a flashlight. What am I born for? According to author Guillebeau, it's something (or things) that align joy, flow, and money. Uh-huh. Never heard that before. His quiz suggests I I'm a sucker for self-help books but still find them difficult to rate and review. It's my fault, really. Despite following various authors on habits, essentialism, marketing, and entrepreneurship, I expected some life-changing light bulb moment. When in reality, these books require wading through the murkiness, without a flashlight. What am I born for? According to author Guillebeau, it's something (or things) that align joy, flow, and money. Uh-huh. Never heard that before. His quiz suggests I currently need more flow, in the hope of creating more confidence in what I do. Though this result shocked me, his evidence was marginal at best, usually in the form of cherry-picked lessons gleaned from successful entrepreneurs. What about the pivoter, the workaholic? Why must authors jump ahead? For a book trying to solve the eternal "what should I do with my life?" question, this argument, and its backup stories in supposed support, feel too broad. Give me some science here! That said, there are some actionable items: I wrote a bucket list of 25 things and am now considering a resume of the future. As the world of work is changing and am always seeking to learn, I was hoping for more insight. This was a fast read, perhaps better suited for a blog series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jo Ann

    Hard to read a book called _Born for This_ without any sense of calling, so the book _Courage and Calling_ gets a much higher rating from me in its holistic presentation of life work. There are good concepts in this book though, particularly if you are someone like me who has a lot of interests that could become long-term things, but also have limitations. Some quotes/concepts: -JOY: What you like to do (top priority), followed by MONEY (what supports and sustains you), followed by FLOW (what you Hard to read a book called _Born for This_ without any sense of calling, so the book _Courage and Calling_ gets a much higher rating from me in its holistic presentation of life work. There are good concepts in this book though, particularly if you are someone like me who has a lot of interests that could become long-term things, but also have limitations. Some quotes/concepts: -JOY: What you like to do (top priority), followed by MONEY (what supports and sustains you), followed by FLOW (what you 're really good at). Keep going at things until you find this combo. -"Great work with a terrible schedule ultimately leads to stress and lack of balance" (44). -Improve soft skills wherever possible; these are job transferable even if a career shift happens. -Create your own ideal job description. -Expand your options and pursue different things before eliminating and specializing. -"Success is found in the long-term value, not just the short-term profit or loss."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This book had some interesting and unique perspectives on finding one's life work. I like the Joy-Money-Flow concept. The author presents some interesting, and even quirky, approaches to finding what you want in your career. I like some of the concepts like having a "side hustle", a 24-job, being a "self-employed" employee, etc. The focus seems aimed toward entrepreneurial endeavors, but I think it has insights that can be used for job hunting, networking, and just looking at work and the joy yo This book had some interesting and unique perspectives on finding one's life work. I like the Joy-Money-Flow concept. The author presents some interesting, and even quirky, approaches to finding what you want in your career. I like some of the concepts like having a "side hustle", a 24-job, being a "self-employed" employee, etc. The focus seems aimed toward entrepreneurial endeavors, but I think it has insights that can be used for job hunting, networking, and just looking at work and the joy you want from it in a different way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hamilton

    Highly recommend this book for anyone looking to made a career change or wanting to start their own business. This book gave me some great ideas!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Lots to highlight, screen shot, write down, and send to friends. I found this plenty motivating and thought-provoking as I consider my next hybrid career move(s).

  27. 5 out of 5

    S

    In his book “Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do,” Chris Guillbeau talks about exactly the same. Chris Guillbeau is the author of other books such as “The $100 Startup” and “The Happiness of Pursuit”. This book is in line with his other books, focusing on how you can work outside the 9-5 economy. The author begins the book with listing some of the traditional assumptions (he calls them “scripts”) we learn/absorb as we become members of the market economy. Some of these scrip In his book “Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do,” Chris Guillbeau talks about exactly the same. Chris Guillbeau is the author of other books such as “The $100 Startup” and “The Happiness of Pursuit”. This book is in line with his other books, focusing on how you can work outside the 9-5 economy. The author begins the book with listing some of the traditional assumptions (he calls them “scripts”) we learn/absorb as we become members of the market economy. Some of these scripts include “You’ve got to work your way up to higher levels in your field step by step,” or “you can pigeon-hole yourself into some expert niche, and then will money will flow,” etc. The author refutes assumptions like this – I completely side with the author on these arguments. As we move into the later chapters, he talks at a superficial level about passion, work, fulfillment, satisfaction, etc and talks about what an “Ideal” job might be. At this point, he brings in the “Joy-Money-Flow” model which is about finding a job which has these three characteristics; it pays your bills, it get’s you into the “zone” working on it, and you love the job. You will find many models dispersed throughout the book too, but none of them super-insightful, in the sense that you will call it common-sense in hindsight. Later in the book he also talks about mastery of your tools, being pro-active in your career, taking calculated risks, learning about solving problems, de-cluttering your life, having priorities and focusing on them, developing a fan base in the internet economy and developing social skills. Half-way past in the book he talks about strategies which we can use in everyday life, and gives us step by step to carry out some of these “plans”. I would say, the book will ring true to you depending on where you are in your life, career and social life. If you stick with the book you will be able to find many practical/valuable insights (where to focus, being a good employee, how to make more income on the side, etc) throughout the book – this might be the best part of the book. There are other parts in the book which to me are not very useful – but someone may find it useful. The book is a very quick read, and to me, it was much of “List of 7 habits of successful people” posts that you see – but compiled well.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    Good book along the lines of Cal Newport's "Be So Good They Can't Ignore You" and "Deep Work," this chronicles case studies and tips for how to find meaningful work regardless of your current career status. Good book along the lines of Cal Newport's "Be So Good They Can't Ignore You" and "Deep Work," this chronicles case studies and tips for how to find meaningful work regardless of your current career status.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John Majors

    I've enjoyed all of Guillebeau's books, and this one is as solid as the other two I've read. He's great at giving vision for a new work reality to those who feel stuck. If you're not sure what vocation you should be pursuing, this is worth reading to help guide you. Also read his "Art of Non-Conformity" (one of my favorites) and "The Happiness of Pursuit." Those are fantastic. He's lived his personal and work life as a learner and a discoverer and has much wisdom to offer. I've enjoyed all of Guillebeau's books, and this one is as solid as the other two I've read. He's great at giving vision for a new work reality to those who feel stuck. If you're not sure what vocation you should be pursuing, this is worth reading to help guide you. Also read his "Art of Non-Conformity" (one of my favorites) and "The Happiness of Pursuit." Those are fantastic. He's lived his personal and work life as a learner and a discoverer and has much wisdom to offer.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Favio Zúñiga soto

    I guess I got this book out of curiosity, because sure, the title is very direct and you can assume what the content will be (stories, pieces of advice and so on), but then I thought what would it be in there to really help you "find the work you were meant to do". I mean, that doesn't sound like an easy thing to do at all. So does it make it?, did I change jobs and magically find that thing I didn't know I've always looked for?, well, no, or I would like to say not yet. It is a nice book I would I guess I got this book out of curiosity, because sure, the title is very direct and you can assume what the content will be (stories, pieces of advice and so on), but then I thought what would it be in there to really help you "find the work you were meant to do". I mean, that doesn't sound like an easy thing to do at all. So does it make it?, did I change jobs and magically find that thing I didn't know I've always looked for?, well, no, or I would like to say not yet. It is a nice book I would say. The author gives you a bunch of stories supporting every chapter, every strategy you can take, so you get an idea of how to take some opportunities, or creating your own. That's important because if that's really the objective (find THAT work) you have to get out of the box and take some risks. Whether it's having a second source of income or mixing up the things you do and love for creating something new, the book gives you some tools to look out there and try something, showing you that it can be done and it's not that crazy to leave what you're doing in the pursuit of something better. At the end, it gave me a few ideas and things to think about the matter, so I guess yeah, I recommend it. It didn't blow my mind, though, but maybe -who knows- it's a stepping stone for something better.

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