Decide on an ideal career situation with Chris Guillebeau's "Joy-Money-Flow" formula

Decide on an ideal career situation with Chris Guillebeau's "Joy-Money-Flow" formula

You have a job. It's fine. Sometimes, you're miserable but mostly, it's okay -though you wonder if that's all there is. In the new book Born for This by Chris Guillebeau, you'll see that it doesn't have to be.

You don't necessarily want to be an entrepreneur. You like working for "a conventional employer." So what then? Guillebeau says when choosing a road to workplace happiness, remember that there are actually many roads and none of them are smooth.

The first step, he says, is to ignore mythology. You don't have to think like a CEO. You don't have to find a niche. And "if you miss one opportunity, there will be others." Next, to find what you were "born to do," use Guillebeau's "Joy-Money-Flow" formula: If work makes you happy, pays the bills and utilizes your skills, then it's a fit.

Know what working conditions you need to stay happy. Don't just take a job to have a job. Have a Plan A, but "remember that there are 25 letters left." Understand that everybody's good at something, and "if you're good at one thing, you're probably good at something else." Make a list of your best strengths, and hone the ones you know you'll need. Follow through on commitments. And cultivate a "side-hustle" that can support you during those in-between times. You might be surprised to see it become a full-time gig.

Like so many career-advice books today, Born for This contains some useful, helpful information, as well as some advice you might want to avoid.

Author Guillebeau surely practices what he preaches: he uses his own dream-job path as one of his many case studies, which is proof that his ideas are mostly workable. They might not be easy, however, and this book doesn't seem to be as step-by-step as some readers may need.

What bothered me were the things that made my eyebrows raise. Advice to show up at a job you didn't get, then "just start working and see what happens" could get a job-seeker in trouble. Over-confidence and brass could get an employee fired.

Like many such works, this book is only useful to a point. It might help a new graduate or a C-suiter find the perfect job, but it needs to be read with maturity and balance. You may, therefore, find limited help inside Born for This, or you may like it just fine.