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Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design Paperback – Aug 25 2009

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Revised edition (Aug. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014311459X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143114598
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I commend this book to all thoughtful readers and seekers."
-Richard N. Bolles, author of "What Color is Your Parachute"?

"Boldt is a master at transforming philosophy into action."
-"Business Ethics"

About the Author

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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It's a big book but it made sense. Helped me change careers and find a new lease on life. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to shake things up and find their life's purpose!
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have bought this book multiple times, if you are feeling like you want a new direction in life, it is a good reference point.
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HASH(0xa58183f0) out of 5 stars Stay with me June 4 2000
By Stef Maruch - Published on
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I read the 1993 edition of this book six years ago. I agree with other reviewers that it's not a quick action oriented book for someone who wants a job now. It's an entire philosophy of living. The reason I'm giving it 5 stars is that (1) doing the exercises deeply helped me figure out where I wanted to eventually go with my work choices; (2) these insights are just as fresh with me today as they were when I was reading and working with the book -- and I find that quality in a book extremely rare.
Turning the insights into action is an ongoing life project for me. It didn't immediately transform my life but it showed a path that made sense the way no other life/work guide has.
60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5818444) out of 5 stars Leaving the Rat Race? Take This Guide May 10 2001
By Jeremy Garber - Published on
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After an unsuccessful and frustrating career as a cog in the corporate wheel, I took some time off, bought this book, and sat down with a pen. I came away with much more than I expected. The book's exhaustive charts, lists and essays helped me to focus my skills and desires into self-reflection, to figure out who I really was and what I wanted to do. The second half of the book is filled with information on grant-writing, government aids, and other practical tools to help you realize your dreams. If you don't want to support McWorld, let this book lead you down the path to realizing your full potential.
67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5818900) out of 5 stars if the Quest for the Holy Grail had a manual, this is it. Oct. 28 1996
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If you're lost in any way this book is a treasure chest
of help, read it all the way though. If you're not it still is because parts of it will keep those who know why they are on the planet reaffirmed.. I was very lost and took three weeks off and read it up to the point
where you go out and test your decision. Best thing I ever did.
Now I'm reading how to best follow through. I plan on keeping
this book around for a long, long time. It's like a manual for life, the game of life.
framed in acts like a play and sprinkled with hundreds of great quotes.
Einstien, to Cambell, to Hui Neng grace it's pages with Boldt
sythesizing it all into a wonderful stream of wise advice.
Life is an art, and a game, and to serve is paramount.

It's one of those books that makes you wish everyone HAD to read it, and what a nice world it would be if they did.

If Quest for the Holy Grail had a manual on how to search and find your own personal Grail, and do it in a honest and healthy way, this is it.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5818924) out of 5 stars Very rewarding...with patience and an open mind Jan. 9 2001
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This is an excellent, in-depth book on following your bliss to find the career which best suits you. Though it is a book geared towards the career search, it is also great for learning how to find happiness in your current job as well as life in general. This is not a "quick-fix" career guide that one can just skim over and find the perfect job. It is a guide for looking within oneself to find the ideal mesh of talent and happiness and finding a job (or creating one) that suits one best.
The first portion of the book covers one's personal quest for happiness and satisfaction with life, using not only Zen principles, but wisdom from many different spiritual and secular paths. It helps one discover how to find the artist and hero within and use one's talents to find the career that will provide the most satisfaction and happiness. Relevant quotes and affirmations are liberally included within the text.
The second part focuses on choosing a career path best suited to one's talents and preferences. It not only covers the career itself, but whether one is best as self-employed, freelance or working for a company. It also helps with getting interviews and writing resumes. Throughout this section, questions and worksheets are provided so one can work out not only what job to look for, but also what one expects to accomplish when the job is obtained. Extensive resources and guidelines are provided.
Overall, this is a fabulous book for both those searching for a career path and those who just want to learn how to get the most out of life.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5818dc8) out of 5 stars Zen and the art of making a living June 20 2000
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Very real, deep thinking , thought provoking and moving. Makes one, open the mind and heart to a more enjoyable experience in life/work. Several teenage friends read a few pages and had a hard time putting it down. A book for the person that is not into lying, someone that is interested in an honest life...not too many people can live a life like that. For Honest the children really are! A great book...worth the time and money to challenge your mind and open your heart.