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If you manage young people, have a son or daughter who’s nearing college graduation or know someone who’s at an early stage in his or her career, I strongly recommend you consider giving them The Adventures of Johnny Bunko.

Written by New York Times bestseller and business writer Dan Pink, the book is an entertaining and insightful manga – a form of comic book intended for readers of all ages – that captures 6 career “secrets” that are essential to success in today’s world.  Don’t let the “comic book” reference turn you off – this work is more in tune with contemporary career skills than any other book I’ve read in the last decade.  Illustrated by Rob Ten Pas, Johnny Bunko is the story of a young man who’s a mismatch for his job at “Boggs Corporation” and desperately needs to find outlets for his creative skills. An unusual career advisor leads and helps him discover the 6 skills.


The book is an entertaining, quick read.  Readers will find themselves going back to the 6 secrets time and time again, as the book naturally encourages some soul searching and introspection.  Here’s a “trailer” that will give you a sense of its flavor:

I don’t want to give too much away, but here are two of the 6 secrets:

  • There is no plan. In a world where the average person will change careers 3 to 5 times in her life, there is no logical progression to our careers.  Often the route we take is a disjointed, circuitous one.  Not only is the world changing, but we will change as well – it’s a “fantasy” to think that anyone can map out their career step by step ahead of time; there is no plan
  • Persistence trumps talent. Possessing great talent isn’t necessarily an assurance of success.  In actuality, doggedness – the ability or capacity to stick with a challenge when others quit – pays tremendous dividends.  “The more you persist, the more likely you are to succeed.”  Persistence trumps talent.

Is this book worth reading? Absolutely – for anyone who works for an organization or herself – and particularly for those who are starting out in their careers.  The book can be read in less than an hour, but I guarantee readers will find themselves going back to the 6 secrets.  Johnny Bunko retails for less than $10; 160 pages, Penguin.

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko is available at major booksellers as well as Amazon: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

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2 Comments on Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

  1. Daniel Pink says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Kevin. Glad you enjoyed Johnny’s adventures!
    Cheers,
    Dan Pink

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  2. Kevin says:

    Dan,

    Thanks for paying a visit to my humble blog! Loved Johnny Bunko and am recommending it to my younger colleagues (plus will send a copy to my younger son.) Fantastic.

    I just started reading A Whole New Mind and am really enjoying it thus far; perhaps I’ll review it here at some point.

    Finally, we need to get some of your travel tips on the site somehow – a lot of my readers are regular travelers.

    Thanks again!

    Kevin

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