I really liked Po Bronson’s first two novels, “The Nudist on the Late Shift” and “The First $20 Millions Is Always the Hardest.” And he’s written countless articles about technology, Silicon Valley, Dot-Com boom and bust. The title of his latest book, “What Should I Do with My Life?” almost turned me off. I’m not all that keen on non-fiction to begin with. But I really enjoyed this book. I found so many “take-aways”…but I’ll only give you a few:
When you’re passionate about what you do, time disappears.
People who don’t have passions don’t struggle.
Failure is hard, but success is far more dangerous. If you’re successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and money and opportunity can lock you in forever. It is so much harder to leave a good thing.
Don’t pretend what you do doesn’t shape you.
People who love what they do are much more productive than those that are doing it for the paycheck. If we can find work we care about, our productivity will explode. Our value will increase radically. We will be the source of good ideas. And we will be rewarded.
This is a dangerous book.