- Alisha Barnes
To explain my reasoning for choosing to read What Should I Do with My Life? by Po Bronson, I must first explain a little about myself. I'm a senior in college and in the process of applying for graduate school. One day, while frantically exploring graduate programs at various schools across the U.S. and abroad, I started to worry: Will I choose the right program? What if I wasted my college years studying the wrong subjects? What am I suppose to do with my life? Well, during my craze I jokingly typed in Google, "What Should I Do with My Life?" Po Bronson's book was the first thing to pop up in my browser. I immediately searched the library's catalog to find out whether I could borrow the book, and I drove up to Porter branch that night to check it out. I never set out to review it since it was simply a pleasure read, but I feel as though others may benefit from some of the events portrayed in this book as well.
What Should I Do with My Life? is a collection of short stories collected by author Po Bronson. In the book Bronson explains that he decided to write this book because it is a topic with which many people struggle. In order to find the subjects for his interview, he sent an email to friends that stated his intent and asked them to direct him to people who are struggling or have struggled with what they should do for work. The book is organized by the motivation that people found to change their lives, such as family, class, etc. Some people found that the job they inherited was actually not the job that they were passionate about. Other people never realized that they could turn their hobby into a career. Still others left their life of luxury to find something that made them happy, even if it meant losing money, time, and friends.
I thought the book might be a little corny at first, but actually I enjoyed reading about how others found and pursued their passions. Bronson shares his pursuit of a writing career, which he had to spend a lot of time developing. He switched from a career in corporate America to developing a writing voice. There are a lot of personal anecdotes in this story that can address problems people might face when finding a career that is right for them. I would recommend this book for anyone at a crossroads in their life trying to decide what their next move will be.