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What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Questionby Po Bronson
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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.
"[Bronson] offers profiles of individuals searching for meaning in what they do for a living, drawn from interviews and personal observations....Throughout the book, Bronson explores the many fears and misconceptions arising from the search for a career." Vanessa Bush, Booklist
"Brimming with stories of sacrifice, courage, commitment and, sometimes, failure, the book will support anyone pondering a major life choice or risk without force-feeding them pat solutions." Publishers Weekly
"Beautifully written ... Free of religiosity and cant, the book also is remarkably spiritual.... Bronson masterfully blends narrative and interpretation, coaxing his subjects to life in telling, resonant anecdotes. This is holistic writing of unique, encouraging power." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This new title matches a worthwhile premise — the question of how we each find our personal mission in life — with a tone refreshingly free of either sap or cynicism.... What [Bronson] finds is equally useful to middle-age folks and fresh college grads." Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Year?s Best Books"
"Exhilarating and comforting, even to someone who doesn't want to change [his or her] life? The tales are marvelous, in all their confusion and raggedness. Bronson has an unerring sense of the story that isn't the cliché." Detroit Free Press
"A remarkable social document, raised to the level of literature by Bronson's own deep level of involvement, his candour and compassion." Evening Standard (U.K.)
"A galvanizing read for a new year and the perfect career guide for all those iconoclasts who never even met with their high school guidance counselors." Elle
"Inspirational? this book fascinates because of the broad spectrum of testimonies." Financial Times (U.K.)
"A fascinating social document, and a kind of superior self-help book? very readable." Guardian (U.K.)
"It's unimaginable that one could read this book without ending up thinking critically about [one's] own life work." The Seattle Times
Po Bronson traveled the world in search of people who have found meaningful answers to life's greatest questions. Along the way, his own life was changed by conversations with these individuals who, by daring to be honest with themselves, have found new direction and understanding in their lives. Each story addresses an essential question: Is it supposed to feel like destiny? How do I tell the difference between a curiosity and a passion? Should I make money first to fund my dream? If I have a child, will my frustration over work go away? Should I accept my lot, make peace with my ambition, and stop stressing out? Why do I feel guilty for thinking about this? With humor, empathy, and insight, Bronson's stories will inspire listeners to overcome fear and confusion to find a larger truth about their lives.
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 voice.
About the Author
Po Bronson is on the board of directors of Consortium Book Sales & Distribution and the editorial board of Zoetrope: All Story magazine. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Wired. He graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Economics and San Francisco State with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He lives in San Francisco.
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