A little change is good, no?


What?  A "book feature" on Wednesday?  Well, yes ... that does appear to be what happened.

Now, I'm as obsessive as the next guy (OK, so I'm way more obsessive, but who's counting?), and would ideally have the "features" on this blog march on in perfect calendrical lock-step, but sometimes "life interferes" and things get out of whack.  In this case, I'd had hoped to have had the review of this up in my book blog by the early part of the past weekend, which would have then been ready to crank out the post here on Monday, but a number of things scrambled that scheduling, and Monday proved to have too few hours in it to get this done.  Then yesterday I had an out-of-the-blue phone interview (light a candle for me ... I really want that gig!) which involved a good deal of web research before, and follow-up material after, which scrubbed Tuesday. So here I am, with "Monday's feature" running on Wednesday.  I guess it's just as well that I didn't get a "job biz" profile lined up this week!

Today I am sort of "drinking my own koolaid" ... the book being featured (I would have loved to have had an interview, but it would have required a séance, as its author is deceased) was one that I first heard of in the "other recommendations" provided by Timothy Ferriss in his interview a few weeks back.  As I note in my review, this, in retrospect, appears to be a strange mis-match, with Ferriss being such an advocate of using cutting-edge resources in one's search for escaping the job grind, and this book being so very much anchored in the past (of course, I didn't know that last bit when I ordered a used copy from Amazon).

I really never "connected" with David J. Schwartz's The Magic of Thinking Big, although it had enough going for it for me to feel that I wouldn't be doing my readers a service by ignoring it in this space.  Originally written in the 1950's, it is drenched with the outlook and ethos of that era.  Obviously, one can find books of considerable vintage (Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich and Wallace D. Wattles' The New Science of Getting Rich come to mind) in the self-development niche which, while having plenty of anachronisms, read perfectly well to the modern ear.  However, Schwartz's book does not.  Perhaps this is because the author bases most of his advice in stories of people that he's known and advised, and their contexts color the action and concepts.

Again, I go into more detail on all this in my review, but it is hard for a long-term unemployed job seeker in 2010 to really take to heart material based in the greatest economic expansion the world has ever known.  The time this book was written bubbled with possibilities, and nothing seemed to be impossible, much different from the "new depression" economy we find ourselves in today.

That said, if one takes the time to filter through the pollyannaish attitudes, and nearly totally alien Geo-cultural milieu, there is a lot of very strong "internal" and "personal growth" advice given here.  Personally, I do not much care for books of this sort (again, had Ferriss not recommended it, I would have never picked it up in "free range" book shopping!), but if you appreciate the "self help" genre, you might find this particularly useful.

Needless to say, this is not specifically about the job search (although many of the stories related in it do deal with people in transition, albeit in a totally different world), but it's the sort of thing that might just make the difference between one getting and not getting a job, so I figured that I'd pass this along to you here.  As always, I give a more focused look in my review.

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