Books on Work

In the spirit of the magic book recommender, let me just briefly recommend five books to be read together if you’re feeling stuck in your career or mid-lifey or just wanting to vibe on the disconnect of today’s society and find yourself wondering “how did I get here, and why do I stay?”

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Truth in Advertising- Thoughts and Review

truth in advertisingI read this book several years ago.  Read it closely, marked it carefully, had every intention of posting a thorough and thoughtful analysis at the time.  Life got in the way (and let’s face it, life is still in the way).  But I was doing some reorganizing lately, and I saw several tabbed passages in the book, and started re-reading some of the portions I marked.  And while I can’t remember the book in its entirety, the tabbed portions alone tell a story that is still close to my heart.  Anyone else grinding it out in corporate America (or corporate anywhere, for that matter, or just grinding it out in life in general) will probably relate to at least some of these.

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How to Find Fulfilling Work- by Roman Krznaric

This book, another from the School of Life series, opens with the following quote from Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

The thought once occurred to me that if one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, one at which the most fearsome murderer would tremble, shrinking from it in advance, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning. Continue reading

Chore Wars: do women work more than men?

When I first saw this cover and the title for Ruth Davis Konigsberg’sChore Wars” in Time magazine, I was intrigued.  This debate has been going on for quite some time, with the general consensus being, at least to my understanding, “of course women are doing more work than men.”  So I was very surprised when I reviewed the article and found out that,  according to the statistics they reviewed, men and women work about the same.

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But is it ALWAYS greener?

Lately, I have been thinking about the concept that: “the grass is always greener.”  But is it always?  And why is that?

I can’t think about the concept of the grass always being greener without also thinking about wanting what you can’t have.  You always want what you can’t have, but how fundamental is the not having it to the wanting.  Do we inherently want things because we can’t have them, or are there always just wantable things that we can’t obtain, either because of time or money or opportunity cost?

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