Thursday, March 22, 2007

Great Book Recommendation

Work began at the ungodly hour of 6:00am. Who gets up that early?!? We were all here around 5:30am to get organized, and promptly at 6 the annual inventory count began. Once a year the whole company shuts down and we count every nut, bolt, bearing and roller in the entire place. With luck, it's a one day process. The company feeds us breakfast, lunch and (if necessary) dinner to help keep everyone on track. Our customers are less than thrilled about us being closed, but it's a necessary evil. We close our fiscal year 3/31.

I've been reading the most amazing book Dan gave me called "What Should I Do With My Life?" by Po Bronson. It may even be worthy of the Captain Canuck reading list. The book is, essentially, a collection of short autobiographies. He explores his premise, that "nothing is braver than people facing up to their own identity," as an anthropologist and autobiographer. He tackles thorny, nuanced issues about self-determination. Among them: paradoxes of money and meaning, authorship and destiny, brain candy and novelty versus soul food. Bronson’s stories, limited to professional people and complete with photos, are gems. They include a Los Angeles lawyer who became a priest, a Harvard MBA catfish farmer turned biotech executive, and a Silicon Valley real estate agent who opened a leather crafts factory in Costa Rica. I highly recommend everyone read this book - it is that good.

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