Book Review: “The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need” by Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink came up with this comic version of career help book. It’s rather interesting to read a self-help comic book. Instead of a big genie from rubbing an oil lamp, the hot Asian girl can do just as well by the cracking noise of breaking away the bamboo chopsticks. I like the fact that I can finish the book in an hour or so and it was entertaining as Johnny kept running into difficulties at work. And the Dianna genie, kept coming out to give a lesson and have it written on the whiteboard.

The key teachings are as follows:

1. There is no plan. No need to plan too much ahead. It’s not flexible enough for today’s ever changing world.
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses. Don’t try to work on improving your weaknesses but instead work on making your strengths stronger.
3. It’s not about you. Try to serve others instead of serving yourselves.
4. Persistence trumps talent. Persistence will get you ahead more than talents can. In a way, this sort of contradicting with #1.
5. Make excellent mistakes: Learn from your mistakes and make the best of them.
6. Leave an imprint: Seek meaning for your life.