In authors’ own words: Run with Bulls Without Getting Trampled is about personal transformation. How can you grow to your fullest potential and becomes someone who will spend those forty or more years until retirement working for meaning, not just money?
Irwin brings together some thoughtful and adventurous personal incidents and brilliantly and meaningfully directs these experiences on how to achieve success and satisfaction at work.
Very thought-provoking chapters here and forces one to think on the often side-lined personal values and the substantive meaning that must be given a primary focus in our daily work lives.
He says, “Our work life – the focus of this book – is a run with the bulls, replete with both opportunity and danger. Some of us work skillfully, navigating through and around danger, while others are repeatedly knocked down… We are in the race whether we want to be or not. We must run with the bulls skillfully to avoid getting trampled, gored, or repeatedly knocked down. This requires great wisdom and forethought – we must develop a strategic mindset.”
His thoughts so much resonate with my own; I was constantly nodding my head in approval while reading the book. Irwin says, “Our work so dominates our waking hours that it’s hard to imagine how we can be successful at life without being successful at work.” Can’t agree more, it is something which I have always emphasized in the Careerbright posts all along.
It is quite important to read such books from time to time or when we are at the crossroads questioning ourselves on work satisfaction and finding more meaning at work. It is not just money that satisfies us at work, unless we can connect our true passion and the higher reason that we have been given as an individual to contribute to the world, true satisfaction can never be achieved.
Overall a very refreshing and thought provoking book from a think-alike that I highly recommend to those in the management race or those who wish to be in the race sooner or later. And also for the Millennials – the new generation at workplace or those seeking direction and meaning in their careers – you will find some great words or wisdom here – values and personal standards which direct you to success at work and life.
“Whatever we’re doing with our lives or considering doing, it’s good to ask ourselves, does this pursuit really possess the seriousness worthy or our life energies? At the end of our lives, will we have given ourselves to a calling bigger than self-fulfillment? Will it inspire us to achieve something greater than simply filling up twenty four hours a day with activity?”
“A life of significance requires focus, intentionality, effort, and forethought. Complacency and resulting passivity keep us from being thoughtful about where we are going in life.”– Tim Irwin