Money may not be the most important consideration for a job.

Money may not be the most important consideration for a job.

The board is all set up and your pieces are ready for play. Once around the board, try not to get behind, keep all your pieces, and you win. Isn't that the whole reason for the game of business? Maybe-but read Profit from Happiness by Jake Ducey before you roll the dice.

Ducey says that "three-quarters of us are spending most of our waking hours doing something we do not like or care about" just so we can win.

Shouldn't games be fun?

Yes, says Ducey, but instead, "We are doing ourselves a disservice by perpetuating a society where the majority … would like to quit their jobs." He offers "six creeds" to fix this problem; use them, and you won't have to worry about money.

First, offer more value to the people around you. Exude "positive energy" and understand that a paycheck isn't based on per-hour pay; it's based on "the value you put into" each hour.

Secondly, don't be too busy that you don't appreciate people. Smile at them, even if you're not feeling it, and make them feel appreciated.

Put yourself in someone else's shoes; be present for them, reach out and ask how you can make their life better. Listen with your whole brain; practice that superpower by starting a conversation with a total stranger and paying attention. Understand that things aren't always about you; the grump you're dealing with may have a legitimate issue that has nothing to do with you. Remember that "it is not what a person says or does (to you) that affects you but your reaction to what is said or done." And finally, be genuine and open. Don't build walls.

Sounds a little new-agey? There are things in this book that may be just too much for button-down C-suiters.

Then again, maybe Profit from Happiness isn't for them.

Someone who's in a less formal position might find plenty of usefulness in the author's words. His ideas should be easy to implement and his personal success is hard to argue with. For the properly attitudinal employee, this book could result in a huge paradigm shift personally, if not professionally; habits readers might build could be invaluable.

Like most business advice books, there are things here to discard and things to embrace. If you're willing to try it, Profit from Happiness might slide you into the winner's circle.