Synopses & Reviews
Forget what you think you know about success and make your own happiness.
Dr. Bob Tobin lived what looked like a great life in Southern California: he had a house by the beach, a good consulting practice, and a BMW. But he wasnt truly happy. Work didnt really work for him.
After losing a job, going on a life-changing trip, and gaining a major change in perspective, Bob relocated to Japan, where his career path changed in ways he had never predicted and he finally found personal satisfaction, success, and happiness.
But how did he do it? And how can you do it?
Many of us are dissatisfied with our lives but don't make happiness a priority. Its time to forget everything you think you know about success, and stop trying to fit the mold. Traditional models of success” dont worknot in a way that is right for you. Start learning more about yourself and your passionsand start realizing your creative and professional dreamstoday.
What Do You Want to Create Today?: Build the Life You Want at Work shows you how to develop your career in a way that uniquely suits you. Tobin has spent 25 years using the strategies outlined in this book to inspire hundreds of executives and thousands of students to create the kind of lives they want at work.
Offering a mix of inspiring advice, practical suggestions, questions for reflection, and uplifting stories, What Do You Want to Create Today? is an essential guide in finding happiness and fulfillment via your work.
Youll gain a new perspective as you learn:
Why focusing on objectives is holding you back
How to read the air” and act on what people dont say
How to develop courage and confidence
How best to handle difficult coworkers
Its time to embrace your dreams, surround yourself with positive people, summon your courage, have fun working, and never stop learning.
"Flashes of inspiration elevate Tobin's uneven attempt to weave Eat, Pray, Love style insights into a self-help book for business readers. At his most effective, consultant and executive coach Tobin, professor emeritus at Japan's Keio University Faculty of Business and Commerce, urges readers to engage in a journey of self-discovery, and, at his least, sounds like a particularly naive consultant when he recommends that employees break company policy if it annoys them. Peppered with quotes from the usual inspirational gurus (Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Eleanor Roosevelt) and padded with chapters on known wisdom, such as not shying away from challenges and 'mak work fun,' the book nonetheless proves a cheerful guide. Now a partner in a Tokyo art gallery, he brings in stories of artists to demonstrate the importance of daring and perseverance. The book's highlights are an imaginative chapter on getting to know yourself that will inspire useful reflection and a later exhortation to remain ever curious. These nuggets of wisdom make the mining for insight worthwhile. Agent: Herb Schaffner, Big Fish Media. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Not only is Tobins book helpful for those who want to pursue a different and more meaningful life at work, it is also an insight into Japans unique culture. Tobin has learned to utilize and embrace that culture to benefit his own career. His engaging book deftly shows how it might benefit yours."
"Tobin asks questions that inspire the reader to reflect on their own life. . . . He speaks as a friend who wants the best for his reader."
The Japan Times
"An inspiring, inside-out view of building a life that works. Tobin has an engaging, informal way of writing, making it more likely you will absorb and use his ideas. Learn from his experience."
Geoff Bellman, consultant and bestselling author of Extraordinary Groups and Consultant's Calling
"Anyone in business or going into business should ask the question Do I have the courage to be happy and successful? If you are not sure of your answer, read this book."
Jim Alley, Senior Vice President (Retired) at Mattel, Inc.
"Bob Tobin is an expert on how to turn around an organization, a team, or a life. In his book, What Do You Want to Create Today?, he shares his potent wisdom for adding meaning and passionate productivity to your workplace."
Mark Levy, founder of Levy Innovation and author of Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content
"Bob Tobin's essential new book gets at the heart of todays professional challenge: a choice between following the safe path, which is getting less secure every day, and finding the courage to create a unique and amazing life. Mixing professional insights with engaging personal anecdotes, Tobin has provided a smart and practical guide for anyone who wants to get inspired and take action."
Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and HBR/Forbes contributor
"Bob is an inspiration. This wonderful book will help you succeed and have fun in workand more importantlyin life!"
Garr Reynolds, bestselling author of Presentation Zen and The Naked Presenter
"Bob Tobins approach to career satisfaction starts with the most important element: YOU. He throws away the simplistic formulas for success that bind you into prescribed career paths and instead shows you how to achieve your true ambitions by tapping into your individual creativity. This is an important book for anyone wondering why they are not happy at work and what that can do to change that."
Melanie Billings-Yun, Ph.D., author of Beyond Dealmaking
"Most of us at some time dream of doing what we really want, but are locked in our current reality. This book is almost a 'how to' manual for believing in oneself. Bob Tobin is a living example of what is possible if one has the faith and courage to take that first step toward being truly happy."
Kiku Taura, Former Head of Human Resources at UBS Global Asset Management
About the Author
Dr. Bob Tobin
is a consultant, executive coach, and conference speaker who has consulted to organizations such as IBM, Gap, NEC, AIG, Disney, CitiGroup, the European Commission, the U.S. Navy, UBS, and Louis Vuitton. He was a host of Japans most popular educational program, a commentator for the Boston ABC-TV affiliate, and a TED speaker in Tokyo.
A resident of Tokyo, Bob has taught at universities throughout the United States and Asia. Now Professor Emeritus, he was the first tenured American professor at Japans Keio University Faculty of Business and Commerce and has taught thousands in his courses on leadership, creativity, communication, and change.
He blogs at drbobtobin.com and runs the Tobin Ohashi Gallery, which Time magazine called one of the four best places to see art in Tokyo.