The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living

The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living

by Randy Kosimar, Kent L. Lineback
3.0 1
Pub. Date:
Harvard Business Review Press
Select a Purchase Option
  • purchase options
    $14.48 $24.00 Save 40% Current price is $14.48, Original price is $24. You Save 40%.
  • purchase options
    $12.67 $24.00 Save 47% Current price is $12.67, Original price is $24. You Save 47%.
    Note: Access code and/or supplemental material are not guaranteed to be included with textbook rental or used textbook.
  • purchase options


The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living

What would you be willing to do for the rest of your life...? It's a question most of us consider only hypothetically-opting instead to "do what we have to do" to earn a living. But in the critically acclaimed bestseller "The Monk and the Riddle", entrepreneurial sage Randy Komisar asks us to answer it for real. The book's timeless advice - to make work pay not just in cash, but in experience, satisfaction, and joy - will be embraced by anyone who wants success to come not just from what they do, but from who they are.At once a fictional tale of Komisar's encounters with a would-be entrepreneur and a personal account of how Komisar found meaning not in work's rewards but in work itself, the book illustrates what's wrong with the mainstream thinking that we should sacrifice our lives to make a living. Described by as "part personal essay, part fictional narrative and part meditation on the nature of work and life," "The Monk and the Riddle" is essential reading on the art of creating a life while making a living. 'Belongs in a category by itself...The best thing I've read all year' - "San Francisco Examiner". 'A timely book' - "USA Today". 'A self-help manual and business fable rolled into one' - "The Times, London".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578516445
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 09/28/2001
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 269,887
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Monk and the Riddle
1. The Pitch
2. The Rules of the Game
3. The Virtual CEO
4. The Deferred Life Plan
5. Romance, not Finance
6. The Big Idea
7. Beyond the Bottom Line
8. Who Will Lead?
9. The Gamble
10. The Whole Life Plan
Epilogue: The Road
About the Author

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Amanda1990 More than 1 year ago
 First of all, I am a student at University of Baltimore and I am taking an entrepreneur class. I am required to do this review.  This book was pretty good, because there were a lot of life lessons learned, especially in the topic of startups and how they really are. Some of the life lessons in starting a business that I read are those that I have learned in my entrepreneurial class, and those that I would have never thought of in my life! I also liked the brutal honesty of the main character in the book. Without that brutal honesty, I do not think that the book would have been as much effective for those who were inspired by this book to so a startup.  There are, however, some aspects of the book I did not like. First of all, the title does not really match up at all with the story. I don’t want to spoil the plot, but the title only relates to the first couple chapters of the book. The story line was a simple read, but I felt like it dragged on for a while, only because there was more than one story plot going on. I thought the story was hard to follow, also, because there is way more than one main character in the story line.  Although I gave this book a 3 out of 5 star rating, I do believe reading this will be helpful to aspiring entrepreneurs and business students. I believe so, because the book does mention things about how people in the business world react to ideas, how people give advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, and sets a realistic expectation for those who are thinking of building a startup.