Synopses & Reviews
Larry Smith is a long-time faculty member at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Although trained as an economist, over the last couple of decades, Smith has become something of a andldquo;career whispererandrdquo; for his smart and ambitious students (Waterloo is regarded as the MIT of Canada).
In short, scores of students have been drawn to Smith in the hopes that he can help them discover their passion in life -- so that they can graduate and head off in their true career direction. Smith makes it clear that there are only a few souls in this world who are born knowing exactly what they want to pursue in their life. For everybody else, we need to make a serious and concerted effort to pinpoint what our real passion is.
In his straight-forward, no-nonsense approach, Smith walks the reader through all the usual excuses, fears, and worries that most people have about trying to find their true career direction. Itand#39;s not an easy task, but one that is essential for anyone who aspires to have not just a good career, but a great career.and#160;
Peppered with case studies from everywhere (Smithandrsquo;s stunning TEDx talk on this subject has been viewed by more than 6 million people from all over the world and continues to generate thousands of new views everyday), his unusual take on the challenging conundrum of finding oneand#39;s direction is both universal and timeless.
From a New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Washington Post bestselling author comes a first-of-its- kind career guideafor a new generation of job seekers.
Thereas never been a career guide like itathe fully illustrated story (ingeniously told in Manga form) of a young Everyman just out of college who lands his first job. Johnny Bunko is new to parachute company Boggs Corp., and he stumbles through his early days as a working stiff until a crisis prompts him to find a new job. Step by step he builds a career, illustrating as he does the six core lessons of finding, keeping, and flourishing in satisfying work:
a There is no plan
a Forget about your weaknesses
a Persistence trumps talent
a Itas not about you
a Make excellent mistakes
a Leave an imprint
Smart, engaging, and insightful, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko offers practical advice for anyone looking to start a rewarding career.
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Theres never been a career guide like The Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). Told in mangathe Japanese comic book format thats an international sensationits the fully illustrated story of a young Everyman just out of college who lands his first job.
Johnny Bunko is new to the Boggs Corp., and he stumbles through his early months as a working stiff until a crisis prompts him to rethink his approach. Step by step he builds a career, illustrating as he does the six core lessons of finding, keeping, and flourishing in satisfying work. A groundbreaking guide to surviving and flourishing in any career, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko is smart, engaging and insightful, and offers practical advice for anyone looking for a life of rewarding work.
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A tough-love, contrarian approach to career advice based on the authorand#39;s widely viewed TEDx Talk (more than 6 million views), in which he confronts readers on how to work through their excuses, mistakes, and whatever is holding them back to achieve the meaningful and happy careers they desire.
About the Author
LARRY SMITH is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo. He is a recipient of the University of Waterlooandrsquo;s Distinguished Teacher Award.
During his longstanding tenure, Smith has taught more than 23,000 students, representing more than 10 percent of UWandrsquo;s alumni. And, of course, millions from all over the world have viewed his provocative TEDx talk, and the numbers continue to grow on a daily basis.andnbsp;
Professor Smith andnbsp;is also president of Essential Economics Corporation, an economic consulting practice that serves a wide range of public and private clients. The firm specializes in forecasting and in the economics of innovation and development.
He also advises UW students who start their own ventures. Smith has now worked with more than 450 teams of student entrepreneurs. Many have gone on to create companies of significant size and success. They include enterprises in such industries as communications, software, robotics, culture, entertainment, design, real estate, and professional services.