Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need

One of the things that struck me as we read through the speech this afternoon was how was how some of Steve Jobs’ points resonated with the lessons highlighted in Dan Pink’s brilliantly clever Johnny Bunko. Written as a manga-esque career guide, it has a number of great observations that should make you think carefully about the decisions you need to make as you grow.

There are 6 pieces of advice given:

  1. There is no plan.
  2. Think strengths, not weaknesses.
  3. It’s not about you.
  4. Persistence trumps talent.
  5. Make excellent mistakes.
  6. Leave an imprint.

Of course, you’ll need to read the book to make sense of them… Or you could try to extrapolate what they mean for yourself. Either way, they are worth thinking about. 😉

For a bonus point, you could try finding out who Dan Pink used to work for…

I do have a copy of the book somewhere, and as a final bonus, I’ll give a complete set of Bunko Chopsticks that I was given by Dan Pink to the best 7th rule that anyone comes up with.

Enjoy!

Oh, and one more thing… We finished with one of my favourite poems of all time. No analysis, no tearing it apart, just the love of the right words in the right order. Dylan Thomas’ moving “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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2 thoughts on “Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need

  1. Interesting rules, defiantly though provoking!

    For me rule No.7 has to be:

    Do what makes you happy.

    Forget all of your inhibitions and just go for it 101%

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