And never the twain shall meet unless…

May 1, 2009 by  
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Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do

~ Mark Twain ~

…and never the twain shall meet – unless you love your work!

After establishing my business I discovered I had not only engaged my passion for the written word but also for spreading it. What might be work for some has turned out to be an avenue to share my ‘play’ with those similarly inclined.

When the pile of paperwork totters above me or I receive notification the title I ordered (that numerous members are waiting on) is out of print/not available I allow my eyes to wander over the shelves of books, most especially the parcels ready for dispatch and my passion gets re-engaged…

Whichever your position on the matter I place below some reading material here that I hope helps muster some currently non-existent passion for engagement, be it at work or play, both in fiction and non-fiction form!

The 4-Hour Work WeekThe 4-Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferris

The New York Times bestselling how-to and why-to guide to throwing out the old tools and methods for success and replacing them with a whole new way of living. Tim Ferris is a 28-year-old serial vagabond, successful entrepreneur and lifestyle hustler who has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University for the past several years upon which this book is based.

In The 4-Hour Work Week, Ferris explores the epidemic of information, abuse and addiction that has left us overwhelmed and confused, and poorer for it, and asks us to rethink our lives. Ferris is convinced that we can lead a rich life by working only 4 hours a week, freeing up the rest of our time to spend it living the lives we want.

The 4-Hour Work Week is not another book on work-life balance describing the problems we all face. It is about creating solutions. Ferris teaches you the tips and tricks of the 20/80 rule so you no longer have to wait to retire to enjoy fun, travel and adventure; shows you how to find your muse; replace your dreams with goals and how to ‘add life’ after subtracting work.

So, take a step back and follow these principles:

  • Definition: Define what you want to be doing.
  • Elimination: Ask yourself three times a day ‘am I being productive, or am I being busy?’ Get rid of the noise and interruption.
  • Automation: Delegate or automate the remaining tasks, even sending personal tasks overseas.
  • Liberation: Enjoy your mobility and use the time you create.

Overworked and UnderlaidOverworked and Underlaid – Nigel March

Ever felt overworked and underlaid? Or that you’re slogging away in a job you don’t enjoy to buy things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like? And that sometimes self-help books are no help at all?

If so, Nigel Marsh knows how you feel. In this, his latest book, the bestselling author of  Fat Forty and Fired recounts anecdotes from his recent family and work life that have given him pause to stop and think. Candid and inspiring, Marsh will make you laugh out loud as he tackles topics as diverse as work-life balance, sex in marriage (or lack of it), parenting, death – even dog ownership.

Marsh’s disarming humility and self-depreciating humour make a refreshing change from those experts who claim to have all the answers. Instead, Overworked and Underlaid is simply one vertically challenged man’s view of life – from the ground up.

Working with You is Killing MeWorking With You Is Killing Me – Katharine Crowley & Kathi Elster

Aims to provide strategies for confronting workplace conflicts in a healthy, productive way.

This book shows readers how to: manage an ill-tempered boss before he or she explodes; defend themselves against idea-pilfering rivals before they steal all the credit; and detach from those annoying co-workers whose irritating habits ruin the day.

Who Stole My Mojo?Who Stole My Mojo – Gary Bertwhistle

The author defines your “mojo” as “your magic, voodoo, charm, energy, vitality, zest, drive, zip, zing, spirit, verve, pizzazz, punch, passion, oomph ,power, get up and go, vigour and feistiness.” Whichever word you use we all lose it from time to time.

This book tells you how not to lose it, and if you do how to get it back. Feeling flat, bored, uninspired, lacking motivation? Chances are you’ve lost your mojo.

Mojo is that spark which, if you have it, is the difference between having just a good day and a great day. If you lose your mojo you’re not firing on all cylinders. You know you have it when you think, ‘this has been a great day’.

Who Stole My Mojo? provides a common sense approach for anyone who needs a kick start in their life. Whether it’s lifestyle, diet, exercise, relationships, work challenges or the ability to get out of bed a half hour earlier in the morning, Who Stole My Mojo? is about the thinking required to put the zest back into your life.

Who Stole My Mojo? is real, its accessible, its practical and its loaded with true life tips and tools from real people who have been there, done that. We all lose our mojo from time to time. This book tells you how to find your lost mojo, and to keep it.

NightworkNight Work – Thomas Glavinic

How does it feel to be the last man alive? Thrilling and philosophical, compulsive and exhilarating—Paul Auster meets David Lynch in a future cult classic.

There’s nothing moving outside. No cars. No buses. No people. No birds—nothing. No one.

An ordinary man wakes up on an ordinary day to find the radio and TV filled with white noise. There’s no newspaper, the internet is down and no one’s answering the phone. Jonas is the last living being on the planet.

What happened? Why? And why is he still here? (Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2009/Longlist)

The Art of Happiness at WorkThe Art of Happiness at Work – His Holiness The Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler

Howard Cutler and the Dalai Lama work together again to provide a practical application of Tibetan Buddhism spiritual values to the world of work. In today’s stressful working climate, more and more people are becoming disenchanted with the roles that they adopt at work, and how significantly their working persona differs from the person they are outside of the workplace.

In this practical book, the Dalai Lama shows us how to place our working lives in the context of our lives as a whole. Rather than striving to find a role which suits us, we should allow our work to arise naturally from who we are – and what is important to us. From here we reach a pathway that can lead us to true life fulfilment and purpose.


One Response to “And never the twain shall meet unless…”
  1. Chris says:

    Oh Marj
    I think I’m going to have to put Time Ferris’ 4 Hours book on my Slim Ink reading list. It just keeps bobbing up in all kinds of places. maybe there’s a message in there for me.
    Great selection Marj. Well considered!