You should know up front that What Should I Do with My Life? isn’t going to tell you what to do with your life. It won’t even give you a clear-cut, step-by-step workbook for attempting to figure it out. Instead, it will introduce you to a lot of people–some of whom seem to have their lives figured out and others of whom clearly don’t–whose stories may help you by illustrating fears that are holding you back, behaviors that are sabotaging you, or attitudes that aren’t serving you well.
The author notes that some people seem to be born knowing what they want to do with their lives, and then they do that. Others don’t seem to care about the question, and happily go along doing whatever with nary a thought about it one way or the other. But if you’re the sort of person who sees a title like What Should I Do with My Life? and thinks “Ah! Will I come to an answer at last?” this book will probably interest you.
I am the sort of person who loves the idea of reinvention, of changing directions, and of trying new things, so I imagine I will always be asking this question and uncovering different answers for it. I enjoy reading about how other people answer the question, deal with fears and setbacks, and remake themselves.
But the concept that really jumped out at me from this book is one that the author borrowed from C.S. Lewis (from this article, I think) about how we have a tendency to work toward an inner circle, holding up our choices and accomplishments to the judgment of a group that may or may not have our best interests at heart or even be aware of being on our pedestal. Bronson brings this concept up several times in the book, and I found it interesting to consider who is sitting at this imaginary table in my life and if they belong there.
What Should I Do with My Life? may not be the most helpful book of its kind, but if you enjoy self-discovery books, or if you need some inspiration for retooling your purpose, this book may be for you.
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