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ISBN:0965752658
Author: Po Bronson
ISBN13: 978-0965752657
Title: What Should I Do with My Life?
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Language: English
Category: Professionals and Academics
Publisher: Random House (2002)
Pages: 370

What Should I Do with My Life? by Po Bronson



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 spends more time 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 t 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. 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 cover-based judgment, I left it on the shelf, and didn't give it another thought until, months later, a friend recommended it to me.

Who's Reading This Book. What Should I Do With My Life? is used by far more than professionals at a mid-career reckoning point. It's widely read by those facing college graduation, and it's been assigned to incoming freshman at some big universities like UMKC, Rutgers, Tenn State, and West Texas A&M. One New York State Supreme Court Justice used it to counsel his son upon graduation. But it's also picked up by those recently diagnosed with cancer who have been given a short time to live. Many National Guardsmen have read the book after they return from their year tour,.

Over two years, author Po Bronson interviewed more than 900 people who had weighed what Bronson calls "the most obvious and universal question on our plates as human beings.

Oprah Interviews Po Bronson. Many National Guardsmen have read the book after they return from their year tour, and one doctor contacted me from an Air Force base in Germany - he was giving the book to soldiers who had lost a limb (to help them accept the inevitable changes in their life). Two famous actresses have read the book to help them understand the lives of regular people (Hah!!!), and one 17-year-old homeless youth in Denver was inspired by the book during the time he was getting off the streets. Housewives read it as they contemplated reentering the workforce after years caring for their children at home.

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Author Po Bronson was asking himself that very question when he decided to write this book-an inspiring exploration of how people transform their lives and a template for how we can answer this question for ourselves. Finally, with the publication of WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE?, a dialogue that you began will start being discussed in a larger arena. Where do you hope that this conversation will go? People don’t have to agree with me; I hope that, by either fostering agreement or provoking disagreement, it helps people find their story.

Book Description Po Bronson tackles the biggest, most threatening, most obvious question that anyone has to face, ‘what should I do with my life?’ It is a problem that is increasingly encountered not just by the young but by people who have half their lives or more behind them.

A life with purpose will beckon all of us at some point to answer these questions. I find it funny and sad at the massive number of people who are looking for answers to this question. The question seems to strike a chord with those from every walk of life, every background, every culture, and every corner of the world. I instantly loved Po Bronson’s writing style, ever so full of inspiration and awe. I started reading the book immediately but I am not sure why I read it so slowly. I think partly I wanted to digest every story.

In the process he has produced a fascinating social document, and a kind of superior self-help book  . Steven Poole's Trigger Happy is published by Fourth Estate. He encountered people of all ages and all professions-a total of fifty-five fascinating individuals trying to answer questions such as: Is a career supposed to feel like a destiny? How do I tell the difference between.

Stories like a multimillionaire police officer, he doesn't need the money, but loves the job, is not what you do in life that matters but how it fulfills you
Reviews: 7
Kirinaya
Just started reading this, and each of the stories is distinctive and impressive, for a big part by the way the author has written it, including honest observations about himself as well as the person when interviewed/visited. I limit my intake to about two per night, as each story has quite some umph, or impact to it, and one wants to let that resonate in oneself, if one is to use this reading as a tool to find in oneself what it is one could be looking for. The author has ordered the stories in a particular way, and explains that upfront, which I'm still trying to understand, as I'm working my way through the first part (of eight). But it's one of those books that's a hit, and you are looking forward to the next day/story. Find it very inspiring, and recognize things being said about a person, about a situation they're in or the attitude they have that prevents them. The author sometimes presses, if needed, but most of the time seems pretty laid back in terms of providing guidance/feedback to the person in question. But I like it when there is soul-searching depth to the conversation, as to the why and why-nots. One can't help the notion that often times the 'way' for the person is found by looking under their very own 'boots' (to borrow Walt Whitman's expression). It's pretty massive the book, which should give one a lot of inspiration, for a long time. Definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for something like a goal on the level of their earthly lives, but not quite knowing what it is yet.

Update: just finished on a recent trans-Atlantic trip, which by the way it lends itself to perfectly, as the transitioning state one experiences during travel is the perfect condition for one's mind to turn reflective in regards to one's life, and the way things are going (that's what I like about that so much). The above initial assessment is still valid, albeit the overarching structure as explained by the author doesn't quite 'pan out' for me (but maybe in a 2nd reading). However, that's not the most important thing, for me; the wide range of views and takes / approaches to the subject by the personal stories of the interviewed people is. And that carries all the way to the last word, and leaves you with a gratefulness for the author's endeavor and persistence in this unique record, as well as his developed talent for candor in writing.

In fact, I used the concept for writing in my diary by imagining I'm telling my story so far in as much a nutshell version as can be, inspired by 'to-the-point' expressions and descriptions to try to do the same (as even the nutshell version is pages and pages long:), in order to process and transform my own attitudes towards my life.
Reemiel
Let's start off with this: Don't go in expecting to get an immediate answer to the question posed by the title. Bronson used that as a lure to find people to interview. While he does answer it in an indirect way throughout the book (making me exercise my highlighting function on my Kindle), his approach is unorthodox. Don't go in expecting self-help; go in expecting collection of short biographies.

In statistical terms, Bronson commits the dual sin of convenience sampling (e-mailing his friends and gathering people from his circles of journalism and finance) and self-reporting bias (some people approached him based on how badly they wanted to tell their story). He also demonstrates a willingness to involve himself with his subjects, which he grapples with as a moral hurdle a few times and which has a direct effect on some stories. It feels more like Bronson drags the story along at times: by asking the questions he does and expressing the opinions to his subjects, he acknowledges his own views on the topic rather than properly reflecting the views of others.

That all being said, it made the book interesting to read.

While the book could drag at times, there should be at least one story for everyone out there job hunting. If you can put aside the fact that many of these people never had to worry about money as much as they had to worry about what they would do in the course of a day, then you can find a lesson that Bronson attempts to extract from the circumstances. He's a capable and interesting writer, if not an objective reporter.
HappyLove
I came across Po's book a few weeks ago, and I loved it. I am asking these questions in my own life, wondering what to do with the
last 6- 8 years before retiring. Started a second career writing children's books, and love it. But it's more hobby, than cuit... well, career right now.

To those who say he did not tell the whole story, for instance, in the surgeon who quit -- well that meeting happened , those doubts were expressed. Success once or twice in a literary field does not make a sure thing new career. If spending all the time, money , emotion and heartache to become a surgeon, then finding it wasn't going to be your future, you could not do it -- if that wasn't forthcoming or interesting enough for some ! I guess they have never been close to that experience, good on them.

Here's what I got out of this book:
A feeling t people , all sorts of people, successful, not successful , were asking this same question I was.
That many were taking , or avoiding the high risks involved with a change of career
That sometimes the risk is worth it, sometimes not-- you could find yourself in a worse spot... that's life!
For me it was amazingly interesting to see how some people were asking and handing the question for themselves
Really, if you are not happy or satisfied, if there is more you want to do , experience... how can you not ASK THE TITLE QUESTION - even if you don't ask it aloud.

For me, with family dependent on me, the economy shaky , the job market scarce, -- I will keep the day job , to fund the life and the dream (writing).

Loved this book, loved Po's sit down with me for coffee and let's talk of these exciting , but difficult things... life career, choices, dreams, chances and decisions. I liked this book, and feel it's time now, 12 years later, to revisit the question of a fulfilled life, this time with us baby-boomers as examples.

This book "What should I do with my life" is now available for a song here on Amazon. Under $7 including shipping -- best $$ ever spent. I found it far more honest, interesting and helpful than any pat chicken soup for books...and having mentioned it to friends, I bought two more copies to share out!
For those upset there aren't more answers or a better "ending" -- I was grateful for more questions, and a bit of direction, as well as a community of people also involved with this adventure. Okay, his book won't be for everyone, but make you own decision -- If you are looking for your "thing" the work, job, career , creation... that will make you come alive, Po's book may help you in asking the right questions, and not feeling so alone in the search.
His book contains the spirit of the quote by Nelson Mandela, I used for my subject line.
Thanks Po, great book, call or tweet, me if you want to start the baby-boomer edition. I am many of my friends are still asking this question , and we didn't start yesterday!
Robin
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