What Do You Want to Create Today?: Build the Life You Want at Work

What Do You Want to Create Today?: Build the Life You Want at Work

by Bob Tobin


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Forget what you think you know about success and make your own happiness.

Dr. Bob Tobin lived what looked like a great life in Southern California: he had a house by the beach, a good consulting practice, and a BMW. But he wasn’t truly happy. Work didn’t really work for him.

After losing a job, going on a life-changing trip, and gaining a major change in perspective, Bob relocated to Japan, where his career path changed in ways he had never predicted and he finally found personal satisfaction, success, and happiness.

But how did he do it? And how can you do it?

Many of us are dissatisfied with our lives but don't make happiness a priority. It’s time to forget everything you think you know about success, and stop trying to fit the mold. Traditional models of “success” don’t work—not in a way that is right for you. Start learning more about yourself and your passions—and start realizing your creative and professional dreams—today.

What Do You Want to Create Today?: Build the Life You Want at Work shows you how to develop your career in a way that uniquely suits you. Tobin has spent 25 years using the strategies outlined in this book to inspire hundreds of executives and thousands of students to create the kind of lives they want at work.

Offering a mix of inspiring advice, practical suggestions, questions for reflection, and uplifting stories, What Do You Want to Create Today? is an essential guide in finding happiness and fulfillment via your work.

You’ll gain a new perspective as you learn:
Why focusing on objectives is holding you back
How to “read the air” and act on what people don’t say
How to develop courage and confidence
How best to handle difficult coworkers

It’s time to embrace your dreams, surround yourself with positive people, summon your courage, have fun working, and never stop learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940363158
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Bob Tobin is a consultant, executive coach, and conference speaker who has consulted to organizations such as IBM, Gap, NEC, AIG, Disney, CitiGroup, the European Commission, the U.S. Navy, UBS, and Louis Vuitton. He was a host of Japan’s most popular educational program, a commentator for the Boston ABC-TV affiliate, and a TED speaker in Tokyo.

A resident of Tokyo, Bob has taught at universities throughout the United States and Asia. Now Professor Emeritus, he was the first tenured American professor at Japan’s Keio University Faculty of Business and Commerce and has taught thousands in his courses on leadership, creativity, communication, and change.

He blogs at drbobtobin.com and runs the Tobin Ohashi Gallery, which Time magazine called one of the four best places to see art in Tokyo.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 How It All Started 1

Chapter 2 It's About You (Not Them) 11

Chapter 3 Dreams Have Soul; Objectives Don't 37

Chapter 4 You Have to Read the Air 59

Chapter 5 Tough Is Good 77

Chapter 6 Courage Matters 97

Chapter 7 Get Rid of the Jerks 119

Chapter 8 Learn Forever 141

Chapter 9 Make Work Fun 161

Chapter 10 The Dream Gets Bigger 179

References 185

Suggested Readings 191

Acknowledgments 195

About the Author 199

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