How to Find Fulfilling Work

The School of Life

Roman Krznaric

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A practical and inspirational guide to examining your career and deciding whether it truly makes you happy—this book will show you the steps it takes to find a job that truly makes you thrive.

The desire for fulfilling work is one of the great aspirations of our age. This book reveals explores the competing claims we face for money, status, and meaning in our lives. Drawing on wisdom from a variety of disciplines, cultural thinker Roman Krznaric sets out a practical guide to negotiating the labyrinth of choices, overcoming fear of change, and finding a career in which you thrive. Overturning a century of traditional thought about career change, Krznaric reveals just what it takes to find life-enhancing work.

The School of Life is dedicated to exploring life’s big questions: How can we fulfill our potential? Can work be inspiring? Why does community matter? Can relationships last a lifetime? We don't have all the answers, but we will direct you toward a variety of useful ideas—from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts—that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish, and console.

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The desire for fulfilling work – a job that provides a deep sense of purpose, and reflects our values, passions and personality – is a modern invention. Open Samuel Johnson’s celebrated Dictionary, published in 1755, and you will discover that the word ‘fulfilment’ does not even appear.1 For centuries, most inhabitants of the Western world were too busy struggling to meet their subsistence needs to worry about whether they had an exciting career that used their talents and nurtured their wellbeing. But today, the spread of material prosperity has freed our minds

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"Self-Help Books for the Rest of Us."—The New York Times

"In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better."—Alain de Botton, The School of Life Series Editor

"The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge."—The Independent on Sunday (London)

"This is a book that is both clever and prescriptive without being preachy: it makes you think about work in a new way, as well as offering real exercises and solutions for people who are looking for more fulfilling work."—Los Angeles Review of Books

“An inspirational self-help book with an intellectual pedigree.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Leaving your job in search of more fulfilling opportunities is one of life’s most intimidating jumps, and Roman Krznaric’s How to Find Fulfilling Work is an indispensable handbook.”—Peter Holmes a Court, Australian Financial Review



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About the Author

Roman Krznaric

Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and founding faculty member of The School of Life. He advises organizations, including Oxfam and the United Nations, on using empathy and conversation to create social change, and has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading lifestyle philosophers. His works, including The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live and The First Beautiful Game: Stories of Obsession in Real Tennis, have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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How to Find Fulfilling Work
Roman Krznaric

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
April 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250030696
ISBN10: 1250030692
Trade Paper with Flaps
4 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches, 224 pages, Includes 11 black-and-white photographs throughout
$16.00

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
April 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427231901
ISBN10: 1427231907
Audio Run Time: 3:50
$12.99

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e-Book Agency
Picador
April 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250030702
ISBN10: 1250030706
4 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches, 224 pages, 11 b&w photos
$9.99
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