Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design

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This is more than a book about getting a job. It's about people who want to express their talents in a meaningful way that serves others. In Part One, a vision of new possibilities in work begins to take shape in images of poetry, mythology and art, as well as traditional Zen teachings. For Bold, everyone is the artist of his or her life. Part Two guides the reader through the practical action steps to finding and fulfilling one's life work. It offers information on many of the traditional career planning books (resuming writing, interview preparation, etc), as well as information not generally found in career guides, including how to start your own business, how to manage multiple careers and how to love what you're doing until you're doing what you love.

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The bad old days of multiple-choice-test career counseling are over. It takes more than a #2 pencil and a computer to find your life's work, as career consultant Laurence G. Boldt tells us in Zen and the Art of Making a Living, a hefty but lighthearted tome that will help you find yourself and your place in the world. Boldt is quite up-front about it, though: it's a long, hard journey to get there. But his uplifting prose and liberal doses of inspirational quotes from wise men and women provide support for the weary traveler. Indeed, in between learning how to find the kind of work that strikes the right chord for you, figuring out what skills and talents you'll need to succeed at it, and righteously persisting until you get your reward, you may find lapses and stumbling blocks you hadn't expected--but Boldt has seen them all and finds the right words at the right time to keep you moving. Like a traditional career book, Zen and the Art of Making a Living includes résumé advice and worksheets for narrowing down and sticking with your goals; however, it takes off from there to guide the reader on a quest for spiritual fulfillment through work, something you won't find elsewhere. This updated edition contains plenty of Internet-related information and other resources unavailable in 1990 and is invaluable for anyone concerned about his or her future in the world of work. --Rob Lightner

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Laurence G. Boldt is a writer, career consultant, and lifetime student of Eastern philosophies, with more than a decade of experience helping people shape their dreams into practical realities. He is the bestselling author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, How to Find the Work You Love, and Zen Soup. He lives in Santa Barbara, California..

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