I had the awesome experience of finding Daniel Pink’s book The Adventures of Johnny Bunko the other day, and quickly devoured it in one setting.
Now, although It’s basically an anime (and I don’t like anime – even though I’ve been accused of having yellow fever), this book is ridiculously good.
The cover reads “the only career advice you’ll ever need” and I pretty much agree.
I won’t waste your time with a big ass annoying intro, instead, I’ve loaded this post with images from each chapter.
Daniel Pink is a HUGE favorite of mine because he talks a lot about:
- Intrinsic motivation
- Enjoying life and not hating the shit out of your work
… So go buy all of his books.
The Epic Six Pieces of Advice
- There is no plan
- Think strengths, not weaknesses
- It’s not about you
- Persistence trumps talent
- Make excellent mistakes
- Leave an imprint
Lesson 1: There is No Plan (Shit Sounds Great In Your Head But Never Works Out That Way in Reality – So DO Something)
Lesson 2: Think Strengths, Not Weaknesses (Don’t Do Shit You Hate Because You Think It’ll Lead Somewhere – Do Shit Because It’s Awesome and Interests You)
Lesson 3: It’s Not About You (Whether You’re In a 9-5, Freelancing, or Self Employed – The More You Think About What Others Want [ And Give Them It ] The More You’ll Get What You Want)
Lesson 4: Persistence Trumps Talent (‘Nuff Said)
Lesson 5: Make Excellent Mistakes (Rolling Joints in Class = Rookie Mistake. Trying Something You’ve Never Done Before For Your Biz That Fails = Excellent Mistake)
Lesson 6: Leave an Imprint (Leave Some Water For The Fishies, Yo)
What Do You Think?
I’ve read a hell of a lot of career guides, “find your passion” type books and yadda yadda, but Daniel Pink seems to knock it out of the park with every book he writes.
Bonus points that he referenced my man Doc. C (The Flow Masta).
What’s the best career advice you ever got?
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