Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design

Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design

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by Laurence G. Boldt
     
 

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The most innovative, unconventional, and profoundly practical career guide available-newly revised and updated

With today's economic uncertainties, millions of Americans realize they must seize control over their own career paths. They want work that not only pays the bills but also allows them to pursue their real passions. In this revised edition,

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The most innovative, unconventional, and profoundly practical career guide available-newly revised and updated

With today's economic uncertainties, millions of Americans realize they must seize control over their own career paths. They want work that not only pays the bills but also allows them to pursue their real passions. In this revised edition, Laurence Boldt updates and revises his revolutionary guide to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century workplace. The first part of this book helps readers to identify the work that they really want to do, while the second provides practical, active steps to finding or creating that work. Zen and the Art of Making a Living goes beyond inspiration, providing a proven formula for bringing creativity, dignity, and meaning to every aspect of the work experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143114598
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
489,275
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great stimulator of creative thinking regarding career exploration. Did not find concrete pieces (i.e. exercizes) as helpful personally as the theory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helped me focus on what I wanted to do with my career.
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