Title: How to Find the Work You Love (Affiliate Link)
Author: Laurence G. Boldt (Empower You)
Page count: 158 in Paperback
Rating: 7 out of 10
Who should read: Anyone who wants to start on the journey of finding the work they love. If you’re not ready, don’t read.
The Punch Line: The book is relatively short, requiring just a few hours to read. It is a wonderful introduction to the concept of finding our life’s work and making a living off of it. Boldt provides thought-provoking questions to get our minds focused and encourages us to start pursuing our life’s work now. But, it is important to realize up front: this book will not tell you what kind of work you love and you won’t have a job doing that work when you get to pp. 158. That will require much more personal investment over time.
Extended Thoughts and Summary:
Boldt uses the introduction to real us in and provide an interesting, scholarly look at the history and nature of work and how we, as humans, have determined our occupations over time.
Boldt uses chapters one through three as a call to action and to set the context for finding the work we love. He tells us to look inside to find the work we love, pursue it with everything we have, and trust that wealth and fulfillment will follow. He goes on to outline the voices of doubt we will encounter in pursuing our passion and provides ways to avoid or overcome them. We are encouraged to believe in our potential, as well as the potential of those around us, to create positive change in the world.
The final four chapters are dedicated to Boldt’s four aspects of a life’s work: integrity, service, enjoyment, and excellence.
In the integrity chapter, we are encouraged to take a journey back to our childhood dreams and excitement in addition to capitalizing on wisdom from our life experiences. Maintaining our integrity means trusting our inner source of inspiration and following our hearts.
Service is all about finding a need in the world and determining to meet that need. Boldt encourages us to identify with the people we serve and the lives we change as a result of our efforts. We will derive our sense of purpose from not only the work we choose to pursue in response to the needs of others.
Enjoyment in our work will come from putting our natural talents to good use. By using our talents in our every day work we will build self-confidence and have the maximum impact on the world around us. We are best suited to be who we are and proudly exhibit our talents.
Excellence, in Boldt’s term,s means expecting greatness and cultivating a sense of destiny within ourselves. We must surround ourselves with individuals who set high expectations in order to make that our norm. Ultimately, excellence is finding that which we love and pursuing it with all our might.
And so Boldt closes the book with a short epilogue to round out the book and give us some practical methods for getting to work enjoying our work.
All in all, I certainly identified with the messaging found here — it aligns nearly perfectly with our Career Design Process at Living for Monday. It is a good read, and one I would consider nearly essential for any upcoming college graduate contemplating the major decision that is choosing a career.
This book, as with every book review, is a part of The Spreading Great Ideas Book Project. Read here for the rules, but the most important rule this moment: the first person to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a free copy of the book under the condition that they agree to participating in the project!
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