Friday, October 10, 2008

Career guidance from experiences of an unlikely hero, Johnny Bunko

My friend, Nicki, has a knack for giving me fresh blogging material, probably unwittingly. =)

Through him, I came to know of this fabulous career guidance book, "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" by Daniel H. Pink, written in a manga style, very easy to read, and gives pretty good advice. I've yet to find it in the library, but here's the website. You can read the first 81 pages from the website.

The unlikely hero of the story is Johnny Bunko, an ordinary chap like you and me, stumbling along in his career in which he has no passion for, and finds career advice in a kick-ass "fairy godmother" named Diana.

There are 6 lessons learnt, for a satisfying, productive career (and my interpretation of them):

1. There is no plan (when it comes to your career path).
This advice seems to buck convention! I guess this means, to follow your heart, not your mind. Easier said than done.
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses
Ok, this makes sense. Downplay your weaknesses and focus on your strengths.
3. It’s not about you.
It's about the customer/the other stakeholders.
4. Persistence trumps talent.
Great advice for someone who isn't talented, but has a ton of perseverance.
5. Make excellent mistakes
How can mistakes ever be excellent, given how our bosses will always focus on our mistakes, but never on what we did right? I guess we have to learn from it.
6. Leave an imprint.
Hmmm this has gotta be hard. Is it such that your successors will talk about the good work you've done? Just guessing.


Given just these words, it's hard to visualise what they truly mean. Go read the book, the illustrations will give life to the words.


Contemplating my own path

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