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Completely revised and updated--the most innovative, unconventional, and profoundly practical career guide since What Color Is Your Parachute?

First published in 1991, Zen and the Art of Making a Living is the life-changing book that helped revolutionize the career planning field by offering a new vision of work. This new edition has been updated throughout with up-to-the-minute contact information and hundreds of new biographical resources. ...
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Overview

Completely revised and updated--the most innovative, unconventional, and profoundly practical career guide since What Color Is Your Parachute?

First published in 1991, Zen and the Art of Making a Living is the life-changing book that helped revolutionize the career planning field by offering a new vision of work. This new edition has been updated throughout with up-to-the-minute contact information and hundreds of new biographical resources. In addition to traditional material on assessing career skills and conducting a job search, Laurence Boldt provides innovative ideas and strategies, with more than 120 worksheets and more than five hundred inspirational quotations from sages of every stripe. A book that goes far beyond other career guides, Zen and the Art of Making a Living brings creativity, dignity, and meaning to every aspect of the work experience.

--Internet job resources added throughout

--New sections on the opportunities in today's rapidly changing workplace, participating in the field of home-based business, and developing an effective support group to find fulfilling work.

"This is simply the best book in its field that I have ever seen." -Jim Fritz, Vice-President of Program Development, Access Influential, Inc.

For career consultant Laurence G. Boldt, everyone is the artist of his or her own life. In this comprehensive, useful, and potentially life-changing book, he guides readers on how to widen possible horizons--and then focus in to make the ideal real. Illustrations and worksheets throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140195996
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Edition description: Expanded & Updated
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence G. Boldt is a writer, career consultant, and lifetime student of Eastern philosophies, with more than a decade of experience helping people shape their dreams into practical realities. He is the bestselling author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, How to Find the Work You Love, and Zen Soup. He lives in Santa Barbara, California..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

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    The scene is repeated at 7 a.m. every morning. Millions of people roll over and hit the buttons on their alarm clocks, dreading the fact that they will soon be heading off to jobs they consider drudgery, mere vehicles for paying their bills. The lucky ones will only dislike their jobs a little bit. If they're really fortunate, they'll find work tolerable, even though it falls short of satisfying their yearnings. A handful of blessed individuals will actually feel happy as they walk into their jobs, knowing they're heading for work that brings them fulfillment. But once you've committed 40 hours a week to something, shouldn't it give you joy? In this comprehensive, revealing ¿ though excessively long ¿ tome, Laurence G. Boldt proposes that everyone has the power to choose a satisfying career. By taking a spiritual approach (that's the Zen message) and embarking upon real self-examination, you can discover your true interests and free yourself to pursue your passion. Boldt offers concrete suggestions for success, such as how to write a convincing resume, weigh the pros and cons of entrepreneurship, and conduct a successful interview. He provides pages of exercises, resources and questionnaires. Plenty of books provide such tips, but this may be the only one that dishes them up along with ancient Chinese proverbs and Japanese calligraphy. So we suggest that if you're just starting out or stuck in an unsatisfying job, find a comfortable chair, light a stick of incense and take a journey within yourself. You may be surprised at what you find ¿ your life's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Useful information provided in an interesting way

    Although I have not read this book in it's entirety, the parts that I have read provide great insights, quotes and information. This book is written from a very spiritual aspect it seems which makes one think in an interesting way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    MInd-Expanding Reading

    Great stimulator of creative thinking regarding career exploration. Did not find concrete pieces (i.e. exercizes) as helpful personally as the theory.

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