This book was recommended by several people I follow on Twitter, so I thought it was worth a look. The basic premise is to come to terms with the fact that working for a paycheck, and working for a purpose are not mutually exclusive. In fact, seeking purpose at work is necessary for our own wellbeing.
This book wasn’t quite what I expected – being aimed in some ways at those looking to change their attitude towards work whereas I already feel a strong sense of purpose in what I do. But there were some practical ideas that I can extrapolate from this to build on workplace culture – which is so important in schools whereby the workload and pressure can sometimes get to us if we do not keep our purpose – that being, contributing to the lives of young people – firmly in mind.
It also deals with compassion – both for self and others, failure and resilience. All worthy topics that are a great part of self-development. And all are well supported by a strong combination of research and anecdotal evidence. The anecdote in the compassion chapter about the real-estate developer who befriends the old woman who wont sell out to him is one I can see myself thinking about and referring to often.
A useful read although not one that resulted in a drastic change of mindset or practice for me.