Forget The Goal, The Journey Counts...71 Jobs Later

Forget The Goal, The Journey Counts...71 Jobs Later

by Alfred Stites

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ISBN-13: 9781933455266
Publisher: MSI Press
Publication date: 09/06/2010
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Forget the Goal, The Journey Counts...71 Jobs Later 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
zurika on LibraryThing 15 days ago
This book reads like someone's grandfather telling you his life story. It's an interesting life story, to be sure, but one that would be greatly helped by a a ghost writer or at least some heavy-handed professional editing. Too often the prose doesn't flow, stopping to linger on details that the author surely finds fascinating, but I as a reader find tedious.
nzwaneveld on LibraryThing 15 days ago
An amazing journey along the life of Alfred Stites. As Mr. Stites puts it, the key of life is positive thinking, without concern for the future, doing what you want to do. While reading this book I often felt like I was sitting on grandpa's lap, listening to his fascinating adventures of the past. I could imagine just closing my eyes while listening to the words and the emotions, and it would be as if I was there as it happened. These are not the type of stories one may hear from the famous few that rolled into a life full of wealth, but stories told by a normal person that most of us can relate to.Some readers may feel that this is a life story filled with many missed opportunities, opportunities that could have made the author very wealthy. Others would contest that this is a life well lived, giving priority to family and personal values. It is not the easiest way of living, but demonstrates where positive thinking, without concern for the future, and doing what you want to do can lead to, as long as you are prepared to do an honest days work.I loved the candid insight in life during the years of the great depression and the years after. The stories made me more aware of the many blessings that I have in life and have more-or-less taken for granted.I personally recommended this book as a "must read" for workaholics, and people who place work before their values and loved ones. It is also "must read" for people who don't believe that the power of positive thinking can heal you. Alfred Stites is sending a powerful message into the world that goes beyond the telling of stories for generations to come. It contains a message that will help people think about what really matters in life, and inspires control freaks to relax their grip on every facet that life offers. It truly is the journey in life that really counts.Thank you Alfred Stites for sharing your life's journey in this manner.
IonaS on LibraryThing 15 days ago
This is not a book I would have chosen to buy, but I got it for free in exchange for this review.The writer¿s style is racy, vigorous, direct, exuberant and humorous. This is an account of the various jobs the author has had from his childhood in the Roaring Twenties up to the present day, but it is also a sort of autobiography. He was 88 when the book was published. For me the most enjoyable section of the book was the chapters on his impoverished childhood in the South (of the USA) (When he refers to Northern Ireland or Ulster as ¿North of Ireland¿ with no article, i.e. not ¿the North of Ireland¿, then I must be permitted to say ¿the South of the USA¿.) with his demanding and prejudiced parents. His mother saw to it that he was never idle with all the various tasks she had him doing around the farm. This probably stood him in good stead for his multifarious later occupations.Al was a Yankee kid living in the South, so it wasn¿t always easy to fit in. He was friendly and helpful towards black people, and at one point rescued a black boy from a fire, when no-one else would intervene. Throughout his life Al had the attitude that he only took jobs that he liked doing, and financial considerations were thus largely ignored. (At times this felt really frustrating for me, the reader, since it felt like he really wanted to be poor.) Just when business was booming and he was offered a raise or promotion, he quit. But I suppose he was trying to be true to himself.Many of his first factory-type jobs were extremely boring and reading about them was also boring, and I hardly understood what the jobs were about. Later in life, however, he worked with rare books and manuscripts and owned a gallery or galleries, and this type of work was more interesting (to me). In all he seemed to be absolutely gifted at all types of work, especially as regards organization and salesmanship. It seemed that a very short time after starting a new job, he learnt all the tricks of the trade, was able to carry out all functions of the job and could have become the boss and do the work better than the latter (though he generally resigned the position at this point). If monetary wealth had been his priority, he could probably have become a billionaire several times over!On the whole, Al was absolutely honest and conscientious, so the one job that jarred somewhat was the one as a con artist, where he rang up trusting souls and tricked money out of them. I don¿t understand how his conscience permitted him to perform this job, considering his otherwise virtuous character, but at least he was honest enough to include the job in the book.He describes at least three miraculous escapes from certain death in car accidents, which escapes he attributes to his guardian angels or the like. (He also at one point had an encounter with what may have been an angel.) It was apparently his destiny to live a long life (they say we decide on our time and method of death before we incarnate), perhaps it was good karma owing to his (mostly) upright character and his saving the lives of others (at least two, as I remember, possibly more).Al hobnobbed with lots of famous personages both in his young days and later, but since most of these people were renowned so many years ago, and on the other side of the Atlantic, they were practically all unknown to me. Thus these parts of the book were not very interesting to me personally, but many Americans of the older generation will no doubt recognize the names.At a comparatively early age he was pronounced 90% invalid but took responsibility for curing himself and now is totally healthy and vigorous. Owing to this diagnosis and his other unsatisfactory encounters with the medical profession (which I¿m sure we¿ve all experienced), he developed a healthy disrespect for physicians. This came to include dentists as well. He tells an amusing story about the miserable state of his teeth until he stopped brushing them for 6 years, during which per
Philster999 on LibraryThing 15 days ago
I appreciated the premise of this work and I liked the storytelling ¿feel¿ of Stites recounting his childhood experiences early on in the book. As interesting as many of his adult experiences also were, however, one had the sense that there was often more going on in the background than he actually presents in the pages of this memoir. Likewise, some segues between his multitudinous career directions were more convincing than others.This book, more than anything else, seems to be about looking back and trying to make sense of it all - as if there were some clear line to be drawn between collecting coal along the railway tracks as a nine year-old and doing a stint as a call centre ¿con¿ man some time much later in your life (with huge swaths of ¿real¿ jobs thrown in in between, of course). The sheer quantity of the different ¿jobs¿ Stites has undertaken, and the perspectives he is able to offer regarding each, makes for evocative, though often uneven, reading. But there is really no deeper message here save for the fact that, ultimately, one thing always follows the next in some manner or other. This is a summing-up book and left me feeling that it was written more for the author than it was for the reader. It was obviously Stites¿ chance to begin to close the loop on a long, varied life, and good for him. For the reader it offers an interesting miscellany of 20th century work experiences, and one man¿s very individualistic take on those experiences, but little else.
the.ken.petersen on LibraryThing 15 days ago
I really enjoyed this book which, came as a bit of a surprise! It has the look of one of those self improvement books; you know the kind, "Think positively and be a millionaire in twenty minutes..." but, it is not. It is the story of a good man: a simple man and an everyday American. Being a citizen of the United Kingdom, I have not had the pleasure of even visiting the USA and, to date, my knowledge of the country and its people came from films, TV and the biographies of famous people. It was refreshing to meet an ordinary American chap.I expect that some of the stories may have been embellished over the years, I know that mine have (and they still do not measure up to Al Stites!) but, there is a simple believability in these pages and I hope that when I get to 88 years old, I might have a quarter as good a story to tell - and if I have as good a way of telling it too, I shall be a contented man.Alfred Stites lived through the Great Depression, came out the other side, alive but not wealthy. He tells of 71 jobs (I'm taking your word for that Al, I didn't count!) taking him through all sorts of diverse situations, from the bottom of the heap, to some nearer the top - and often back again! He seems to be one of those rare people who does not spend time bemoaning his lot when things go wrong, he just gets on and waits for things to start going right again.Thank you Mr. Stites, it has been a pleasure to get to know you!
jrgoetziii on LibraryThing 15 days ago
First of all, it took them about 3 months to get me the book, which bothers me...when I first won it on Early Reviewers, I had plenty of time to read it; since that time, I have accumulated an enormous backlog of important books and especially ones for my own writing, and my job consumes much more time. But that's enough for that.The book itself is not very good--from the numerous grammatical errrors (not typos) to the narrative style, it lacks gusto. It is amateurish and not just that--because to an extent I like amateurism--it appears foolish. The author does not come off as intelligent or having much worth transmitting, even where his message is important, such as where he notes that those who spend their working lives in jobs they don't want or like are doing more harm than good, and where he notes that much of life is about having fun. If anything the author appears careless, and I have a thing about carelessness: I don't want to wind up like Tom and Daisy Buchanan. And that's that.
MarilynD on LibraryThing 15 days ago
Reading Mr. Stites¿ journey is like looking at someone¿s family photo album. The differences are that rather than seeing the picture and making up the story, you are reading the story and imagining the pictures. The stories are not just about the Mr. Stites¿ jobs, the stories also include incidents that impacted his life. The book gives a very masculine and unique approach to life and work. Although it seemed to go chronologically, Mr. Stites also interjected other events. Because there was no historic backdrop, it was difficult to understand the total context of his life. Overall, I found his stories interesting, but difficult to relate to.
zevombat on LibraryThing 15 days ago
I found the account of his childhood as interesting as the ups and downs and many jobs of the rest of his life. I don't think I could live as freely - unless it was threatening my sanity I would never leave a job without another one to go to, but it certainly makes for an interesting life.