What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People

What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question So what kind of peyote are you guys smoking? This book escaped the infamous 1star rating simply by virtue of Bronson's use of real life stories that helped me escape from his own incredibly annoying narration Was it the truisms he loved to repeat? The lack of helpful guidance? (Be yourself) His incessant need to come off like a softspoken preacher who secretly wishes you'll all wind up homeless on the streets of Detroit begging for his next edition? Yuck. In What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson tells the inspirational true stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that great question With humor, empathy, and insight, Bronson writes of remarkable individuals—from young to old, from those just starting out to those in a second career—who have overcome fear and confusion to find a larger truth about their lives and, in doing so, have been transformed by the experience What Should I Do with My Life? struck a powerful, resonant chord on publication, causing a multitude of people to rethink their vocations and priorities and start on the path to finding their true place in the world For this edition, Bronson has added nine new profiles, to further reflect the range and diversity of those who broke away from the chorus to learn the sound of their own voiceFrom the Trade Paperback edition ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Poltergeist (Greywalker, Author Kat Richardson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk empathy ➣ [Epub] ➝ OBaby By Geoffrey Johnson ➭ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and insight ❰Download❯ ➽ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Author Pamela Clare – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Bronson writes of remarkable individuals—from young to old ❥ [KINDLE] ❂ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada ➢ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk from those just starting out to those in a second career—who have overcome fear and confusion to find a larger truth about their lives and ❴EPUB❵ ✺ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk in doing so [KINDLE] ❅ The Good Daughter ❥ Karin Slaughter – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk have been transformed by the experience What Should I Do with My Life? struck a powerful [Read] ➵ Crysis Author Peter Watts – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk resonant chord on publication ➿ [Download] ➽ Fractured (Will Trent, By Karin Slaughter ➵ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk causing a multitude of people to rethink their vocations and priorities and start on the path to finding their true place in the world For this edition ❰Epub❯ ➜ Ghost Author Fred Burton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Bronson has added nine new profiles [Reading] ➷ Nerve By Dick Francis – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk to further reflect the range and diversity of those who broke away from the chorus to learn the sound of their own voiceFrom the Trade Paperback edition Only read a couple chapters of this book but it was enough to make me want to put it down and stop reading (which I rarely do) What really blew me away was the extent to which his narrative and commentary overrides the stories he claims to be presenting In Chapter two, he tells a story of a woman who chooses to remain unemployed in the hopes of holding out for her dream career He discusses his frustration with this conversation, pointing out his male need to fix things and the female need to listen (I'm paraphrasing), which was a huge turnoff (sex stereotypes, much?) Then, he proceeds to explain how he thinks the woman is making a mistake by not accepting a job offered to her, and how (according to his pseudopsychological assessment) the reason she's not taking it is because it would involve delving into the trauma of the past What the f***? Is Po a psychologist? No Is he a sociologist? No He has a BA in economics and a MFA in Creative Writing (not that you can tell) Sorry, Po Let the subjects speak for themselves We'll learn muchfrom them than we will from your wannabe analyses Yuck. Real People Real Stories.Ordinary People, extraordinary stories People just like you and me.Nothing helps like knowing you're not alone.A little of what the stories in this book will remind you: A calling is not something you know, it is something you grow into through trials and mistakes It won't be easy, it wont be quick Finding what we believe in and what we can do about it is one of life's great dramas It can be an endless process of discovery, one to be appreciated and respected for its difficulty Don't cheat Treat this as the one true life you get Individuals thrive if they focus on the question of who they really are, and from that find work they truly love, and in so doing unleash a productive and creative power they never imagined Usually, all we get in a glimmer A story we read or someone we briefly met A curiosity A meek voice inside, whispering, It's up to us to hammer out the rest The rewards of perusing it are only for those who are willing to listen attentively, only those who really care It's not for everyone You don't find your purpose above the neck, you find it below the neck, when you're transformed by what you've witnessed Seek, adjust Seek, learn Look backward as much as forward, inward as much as outward Bring what you do in alignment with who you are Attack your fears rather than shy away from them If we are the victim of an injustice, it is up to us to find a meaningful way to channel our anger If we suffer a terrible crisis, only we can transform this suffering into a launching pad for a new life These are turning points from which we get to construct our own story, if we choose to do so Freedom is the confidence that you can live within the means of something you're passionate about Create an environment where truth is invited into your life If you develop character, the odds are pretty good you can succeed Success is defined as when you're no longer held back by your heart, and your character blossoms, and the gifts you have to offer the world are apparent Don't cling to a single scenario, allow yourself many paths to the same destination If you want to change the world, be open to letting the world change you You can get good at what you need to to serve what you believe in Business is a tool to support what you believe in Keep in mind even what you can't define It is never too late to start over. This was very disappointing overall This should have been interesting, given the premise and how extensively the author sought out people with interesting stories about their work lives (he set up a website and heavily marketed it, and even became sort of a job counselor and marriage counselor and life counselor to all kinds of people in the process of meeting these people and compiling these storiesmany of the people he interviewed initially got in touch with him to seek his guidance and counseling, apparently, and as you'll see if you read this, he offers lots of counseling to almost everyone he interviews That was probably the most annoying aspect of this book: all of the author's silly interjections of his own thoughts and his own confusion about what life is all about, etc., not to mention the quoted dialogues that he had with these subjects (or clients, as the case sometimes was) The author doesn't seem to know how tell a life story without interjecting his own life story into it, which I found very annoying There are 57 miniature biographies in here, and although a few of them were interesting all the way through, most started out promising and then quickly sank into a morass of the author's feelings about the subject and other kinds of digressions from the story In most of these stories, it was a chore trying to sift through all the verbiage to extract the interesting part: the subject's own story (which very often *was* an interesting story and could have been very compelling reading if told by a better biographer).I've never read anything else by this guy (unless I've read magazine articles by him, which is very likely, I guess), but he doesn't seem like a good writer at all At least not a good biographer Maybe he's a good fiction writerI'll certainly check out one of his novels now out of curiosity He's also apparently a very savvy marketer and book trade expert I don't know if that has anything to do with the huge commercial success of this book, and all the time it spent on various bestseller lists, etc., but that points out something I like about goodreadsthe rating of this book on goodreads is in the low 3star range if I'm remembering correctly Hardly a blockbuster among goodreads readers.Here are the stories that I did like:The lottery winner (about a Yale graduate who became a teacher in an entrepreneurial innercity school, and the best story in the book as far as I was concerned)A billion is chump change (the author's own story of how he quit bond sales to become a writer)A fragile blow (about a guy who quits a Ph.D program in English while paralyzed with grief over his brother's suicide and becomes a cook)A college manGetting oily, then evenThe magical thingThe lockbox fantasyMy new startupThe mechanic gives 100 percentContribution X in my current state of unemployment i thought this book would offer some fresh perspectives it revealed that most people are as clueless as i am about what to devote one's life to however, it does offer interesting stories and several truthsone of which is that a winding path towards one's ultimate goal is not necessarily a bad thing po bronson unravels his own path to becoming a writer in with the anecdotal chapters most of the stories were based out of the bay area (where bronson lives) overall i recommend, but not strongly. I remember the first time I saw a book titled What Should I Do With My Life? in a store and thought to myself, What kind of ass thinks he can answer that question in a book? Based on that coverbased judgment, I left it on the shelf, and didn't give it another thought until, months later, a friend recommended it to me.I love this book because it is an honest book Po Bronson interviews hundreds of people and tells you a handful of compelling stories and does not try to fit it all into a Single Unified Theory of Life He points out the patterns that emerged but doesn't force anecdotes to become life lessons On a topic where so many authors want to come up with a system to explain it all, Bronson simply gathers evidence and presents it Because of that, the book contains real truth.I recently reread the book in February but first read it a few years ago In that time I've probably loaned or given a copy of this book to a dozen people I can't say that about any other book I've read So read it, already. The good thing about this book is its sustained focus on an extremely important topic The bad thing about this book is nearly everything else Po Bronson writes in a clunky, Journalism 101 style, with wooden introductions of his subjects fumbled into the text He digresses often, judges his subjects too harshly for my tastes, and generally spendstime holding forth on his own ideas than he does relaying the opinions and experiences of the people he interviews Once or twice, while I read this book, I actually said out loud: Shut the fuck up, Po! Let me hear what your subject has to say The few chapters in which he really lets his subject speak, or really focuses on their experiences, occur when he seems awed by the interviewee Which brings up another qualm I had: Po comes across as a closet yuppie, most often impressed by people who make obscene amounts of money or approach work with an MBA mindset It's ironic because our societies worshipthedollar mentality and relentless prestigefocuses careerism seem to be two of the factors contributing most to our general dissatisfaction with life Even so, if you dedicate 300 pages to an meaningful topic, and include accounts from dozens of people (though a great many of those accounts felt frustratingly abbreviated), you can't help but turn up the occasional rewarding nugget There are a few of those in this book, to be sure, but I don't really think it's worth the digging. I read this book at a very pivotal time in my life a time when I've felt the desire to have this question answeredthan any other time The book doesn't attempt to answer the question, but it was inspiring and uplifting, and told the stories of people who have been in similar situations as I am (and much much different situations) and how they made changes, and what their outcomes were Not all the stories were happy, or relatable, but they were all real And they made me realize that doing something is better than doing nothing Nothing is safe, and nothing is complacent, and nothing gets you nowhere If you do something, you might fail, but then you can just something again And again And eventually maybe you'll get somewhere I learned some valuable lessons about making changes in your life, about how it's never too late to change your big picture, a goal is never too far out of reach if you really want it, and that change rarely happens overnight I bookmarked probably 20 different pages of quotes from people across the globe that I connected to, and I have a feeling I'm going to be going back to this bookthan once. Despite the enticing title people tend to search for clues about what to do with their life this book did put me off No depth, simply a series of snapshot of people's life written rather dryly and bluntly It is like watching Oprah without the ooohh, aaah :)


About the Author: Po Bronson

Po Bronson has built a career both as a successful novelist and as a prominent writer of narrative nonfiction He has published five books, and he has written for television, magazines, and newspapers, including Time, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and for National Public Radio's Morning Edition Currently he is writing regularly for New York magazine in the United States and for


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