Life is lived best when it is lived in chapters
D. Elton Trueblood
Even in this thriving economy, I seem to meet a lot of people “in transition.” Sometimes, their status is due to changes in an organization. Other times, they really are trying to figure out their answer to the age-old challenge:
What shall I do with the next chapter of my life?
I have a recommendation for such folks. If you are in the midst of such a search, reading some good books is worth the time and effort. So, I have three books to recommend; to very strongly recommend. Three very good books. Read these, and you will be better equipped to answer your question of what to do in the next chapter of your life.
My recommendation is that you read them in this order:
#1 – Start with Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein. Riverhead Books (2019). This book makes the case that it is good to learn broadly (and, by the way, to learn slowly). The more, different kinds of things you know, the better able you will be to discover what you would most like to do. This is a very good book.
(I presented this at the July First Friday Book Synopsis. My synopsis will be available soon – see below — and I will post, probably by the end of this week, my lessons and takeaways from this book on this blog).
#2 – Then read You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education by George Anders. Little, Brown and Company (2017). This book reminds us all that the Liberal Arts are worth knowing; whether from our school days, or “catching up” now.
Part of the reason: soft skills are needed in every kind of work situation. The liberal arts will better help you understand, and master, such skills.
Here is the link to my blog post about this book, with my lessons and takeaways: You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education by George Anders – My six lessons and takeaways.
#3 — Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Knopf (2016). This book is based on the very popular class taught at Stanford University, taught by the authors. This book provides an actual game plan to follow: “Do this to find your next life chapter.” Terrific book.
And, here is the link to my blog post for this book, also with my lessons and takeaways: Design! – Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans; my lessons and takeaways.
All three of these books agree that in this modern, more complex era, you might end up doing more than one thing in your life (you will end up doing more than one thing in your life). And the books will help you as you make your way on that journey.
Click on the “buy synopses” tab at the top of this page to purchase my synopses of these books. (Reminder: my synopsis of Range will be available by the end of July). Each synopsis comes with my multi-page, comprehensive handout, along with the audio recording of my presentation (just over 20 minutes), recorded at our Dallas event, the First Friday Book Synopsis.
There are many, many more synopses available on our site; of many good books.