At a time when all hell was braking loose around me. Only months before reading this I had my Breakdown, admitted myself into The Priory for a 5 week 'get your head around this brain fuck of a diagnosis'.
During this admission I decided to leave my career and sell my home, so unilaterally disarmed and detonated all that I had spent the better part of my adult life trying to acquire and achieve.
(No small thing Mr. Indeed it is not. Something I like to remind people on a pretty regular basis. I did all the things that most people only dream about. Now look at me, I traveled, took time out and now I run my own enjoyable and successful home based eBay business which allows me to structure my life the way I want it structured. All because of a seemingly random and 'popular modern past time', having a Breakdown in work hours. Nice.)
Yet here I was, no job, no home, a Bipolar label and some pills. Now what?
This is where the book came in.The timing could not of been better with
the release of this book, almost like it was meant to be. I read this
book eagerly and it gave me so much hope and inspiration at a time when
I bloody well needed it. It turned things around for me and made me
realise how much potential there is in life...
I cannot rate this book highly enough, it worked for me and I still
smile when I think about how it all came undone then started coming
If you are at a point where all you see is crossroads, or you are in a similar position to what I found myself in, or if you are just plain fucked up bored at work and figure there must be something else better out there that's obtainable then..
Please buy and read this book... it's heartwarming, it's sincere and it's full of real life hope. Real life hope, not made up hope.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage (31 Dec 2004)
5.1 x 7.9 inches
Bronson wanted to find out what to do with his life so he started
interviewing people who were asking the same question. He wound up
writing an excellent self-help book, called, naturally enough, What Should I Do With My Life?,
consisting almost entirely of questions instead of slick answers. Here
are over 50 short real-life stories of people who woke up and realised
that "this is not a dress rehearsal". They took the trouble to ask what
life is for, where their real gifts lie and what they really want to do
with their lives.
The result is as fascinating and messy as life
itself. Some of the people come out on top. They chuck out the routine
grind with its dead-end expectations and find out what they are good
at, follow their dream and find happiness. Others continue the
struggle. They wade through days of confusion. They fight against
society's shallow solutions. They battle with their doubts and fears.
They kick against the trite expectations of family, friends, employers
and lovers to keep up the search for their Holy Grail. Bronson has
written up the stories with compassion, insight and sensitivity. But
the tales avoid the usual sentimental feel-good factor that seems to be
a requisite for self-help books. Instead we're shown the truth that
following the impossible dream always has a price. Bronson mixes his
sensitivity with a certain gritty reality and ironically this realism
inspires other questing heroes much more than yet more syrupy positive
thinking. This is a fresh, spiky book; an excellent kick start for
anyone who wants to confront life's big questions. --Dwight Longenecker
--This text refers to the
Po Bronson tackles the
biggest, most threatening, most obvious question that anyone has to
face, ‘what should I do with my life?’
is a problem that is increasingly encountered not just by the young but
by people who have half their lives or more behind them. The modern
route to self-discovery is to trade what you have for a completely
different way of life, to face the challenges and finally confront our
real aims and desires.
Bronson’s book is a fascinating account
of finding and following people who have uprooted their lives and
fought with these questions in radical ways. From the investment banker
who gave it all up to become a catfish farmer in Mississippi, to the
chemical engineer from Walthamstow who decided to become a lawyer in
his sixties; these stories of individual dilemma and dramatic – and
sometimes unsuccessful – gambles are bound up with Bronson’s account of
his own search for a calling.
Po Bronson tackles the biggest,
most threatening, most obvious question that anyone has to face, 'what
should I do with my life?' It is a problem that is increasingly
encountered not just by the young but by people who have half their
lives or more behind them. The modern route to self-discovery is to
trade what you have for a completely different way of life, to face the
challenges and finally confront our real aims and desires. Bronson's
book is a fascinating account of finding and following people who have
uprooted their lives and fought with these questions in radical ways.
From the investment banker who gave it all up to become a catfish
farmer in Mississippi, to the chemical engineer from Walthamstow who
decided to become a lawyer in his sixties; these stories of individual
dilemma and drama - and sometimes unsuccessful gambles are bound up
with Bronson's account of his own search for a calling.
About the Author
Po Bronson is a feature
writer for Wired and has written about high-tech culture for The New
York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes ASAP. His first
novel, Bombardiers, was translated into ten languages and became an
international bestseller. His second novel, The First $20 Million is
Always the Hardest, was a New York Times bestseller. Bronson grew up in
Seattle, graduated from Stanford in 1986, and lives in San Francisco.
With over 25 years experience,
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