STALLED 2x BOOKRAY: What Should I Do with My Life?

by Po Bronson | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0375507493 Global Overview for this book
Registered by rem_DRO-922086 on 6/26/2003
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Journal Entry 1 by rem_DRO-922086 on Thursday, June 26, 2003
This was a double bookray, with Naive. Super. , until both books were lost in the mail. Another copy of this book will now continue alone, as it seems to be hard to get another English-language copy of Naive. Super.

This book has its flaws, but is very worth reading for the inspiring stories of people finding work they love. In spite of the title, this is not a self-help book: it's a collection of interviews and personal stories from the author. Bronson is a founding editor of Wired Magazine, which means that many of the interviewees are in tech, and the prose style is very much like Wired. So if you can't stand Wired, you may want to pass.

I found this book a great read. I particularly enjoyed the sections in which the author discusses his own experiences. One of my major complaints with the recent boom in memoirs is that these books are so often self-indulgently nostalgic. The format of this book makes that impossible, since Bronson's memories are interwoven with the interview subjects'. Bronson has a talent for universalizing the lessons he learns from his and others' experiences. This book will not tell you what you should do with your life (thank goodness!), but it will give you a unique overview of what the interviewees and Bronson have learned from what they've done with theirs so far.

The list for the ray:

1) Hawkette (Australia)
2) Zyana (Portugal)
3) Tho (Portugal)
4) Jkate (USA)
5) caligula03 (USA)
6) HikingReader (USA)
7) tania-in-nc (USA)
8) spark (USA)
9) OzChick (Australia)
10) elisabethlily (Australia)
11) Kiddie (portugal)
12) smh (Germany)
13) ???


Released on Friday, June 27, 2003 at fellow BookCrosser in USPS, postal release USA.

The 2x bookray is on its way!

Journal Entry 3 by Hawkette from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, July 07, 2003
This has arrived at my door with it's bookray traveling companion. I only hope it's an instructional manual - this is a question I seem to be asking myself constantly!! (I'm kidding - I know it's not!).

Journal Entry 4 by Hawkette from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Monday, August 04, 2003
Read at a time when I feel my own path is needing some direction or a big opportunity, I found the stories of other people's journeys interesting, inspiring, and offering hope. I enjoyed the discussion of the concept of the inner circle, and the diversity of the many different paths and positions of people interviewed by Bronson.
Bronson did seemed to focus a lot on the business world, however the mingling of his own story was very interesting and insightful.
At times, it felt like he was trying to impose some of his own values on the successes and path choices of those he interviewed, and I found myself disagreeing with him at times!

Journal Entry 5 by Hawkette from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Loe and Po (sounds like a couple of Teletubbies!) are off on their journey to Portugal today. Thanks booklemur for sharing them, I enjoyed both these books a lot.

Journal Entry 6 by Zyana from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Tuesday, August 12, 2003
After barely 2 weeks away on vacation I came home to find no less than 6 books waiting for me! "What Should I do ...." and It's twin-travelling book "Naive Super"were two of them, arriving from the sunshine country of Australia! Thank you so much Hawkette (I can't believe how fast these arrived, I was counting on their taking another week, easy) ! I'll get going on these two and try to read them asap so that they can continue their journey ...

Journal Entry 7 by Zyana from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Friday, September 26, 2003
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to finish this "double-bookray" ... It's not that I wasn't engaged by the books but rather they caught me in a very hectic period and make matters worse when I finished, some two weeks ago, I forgot to mail them to the next person on the list ... to make up for some of the lost time I've arranged to personally deliver both books to Tho this evening (Sep 26).

Po Bronson is, undoubtedly, a very captivating individual and that, more than anything else I suspect, is the key to the success of this book. His willingness to hear out other people's stories and effort to not pass judgment too early on probed people's inner-feelings and eventually drew out their dreams, fears, doubts in a genuine and compelling way. This is what connects and links all the individual stories and establishes the intelligent unlecturing tone of the whole book.
I appreciate the thought process Bronson went trough to extract meanings and purposes and lessons from these stories and use them for a personal growth that would, eventually, infect it's readers and enable them to absorb the ideas and life stories portrayed. But I didn't enjoy being spoon-fed the lesson to be learn by each story ... didn't enjoy the condescending remarks that punctuated the stories and I didn't find it particulary inspiring, maybe because it felt a bit too much like a lecture, but was intrigued through and through and the stories were both enlightening and enjoyable.

Journal Entry 8 by tho on Saturday, September 27, 2003
Another bookray - delivered by Zyana yesterday - along with its companion :-) I'll try to start reading it ASAP ...

Journal Entry 9 by tho on Monday, October 27, 2003
Finally finished this book this weekend !!!!
I quite enjoyed reading it, although it's the kind of book I couldn't read all at once. I enjoyed reading bits of it, and then needed to stop to think about some of the lessons learned and reflect on the stories that were told. Like Hawkette, I read this book at a time when I'm need of some guidance, because I'm considering to make some major changes in my professional life .. so this book actually helped a bit, and was good for inspiration :-)

Will be mailed to jkate this week, along with "Naive.Super".

Journal Entry 10 by rem_DRO-922086 on Sunday, July 25, 2004
As my change to the title should make clear, the original 2x bookray was lost in the mail. I thought I had an extra Naive. Super. in English, but it turns out that I only have my Swedish copy.

Since I can't replace Naive. Super. right away (the English translation is out of stock for now), I am re-starting this as a ring, using my copy of What Should I Do With My Life?, which was the book that generated the most interest anyway.

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