“What’s making you tired is the amount of work you do not do.”
– Dale Carnegie
Whether you work at McDonalds or run a multimillion dollar company, you’ll eventually get burnt out from work. At this point you have two options: give up, or find some means of re-energizing yourself. Dale Carnegie’s How To Enjoy Your Life And Your Job will help you achieve the latter. The book is a concise “best of” Carnegie’s two most prominent works, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living and How to Win Friends and Influence People.
While I usually wouldn’t read what’s essentially a abridged mash-up of two other books, I actually thought How To Enjoy Your Life And Your Job actually benefited from this format. The repetition from both books have been completely removed, and the shortened chapters make to easier to reference material. When you’ve got an immediate crisis on your hands, it’s less than ideal to flip through two 300 pages books in search of a suggestion.
Carnegie’s advice has withstood the test of time and is just as useful today as it was decades ago. Although somewhat common sense, the ideas within this book are still essential in achieving success. How To Enjoy Your Life And Your Job is also filled with great historical and personal examples of dealing with people and making work meaningful and enjoyable.
Even though I already own both How to Stop Worrying and Start Living and How to Win Friends and Influence People, I still found How To Enjoy Your Life And Your Job to be a worthwhile read and great quick reference for dealing with spur of the moment problems.