Book Review

Wisdom at work by Chip Conley

A dear friend recommended this book to me. As I read a related excerpt, I did not know why I would be interested – being in my early thirties – by a book about those who are above age fifty. To be fair, it was not about them per se rather about “how to stay relevant in the second half of your career” as the author puts it.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it does not matter – Mark Twain

Why you should read this book even if you are not in your fifties

  • Reading this book reminds you that you should prepare for the next stage of your life ahead of time

You feel so overwhelmed by your daily tasks that you do not think about your future at work. You probably do not want to think about that. In this book, Chip Conley gives you an idea about what to expect. He also provides quite a detailed roadmap to navigate the subtleties of aging in the workplace.

In his book, the author demonstrates a beautiful approach to selecting words and oxymoron. It makes his book funny yet sharp. Here are a few examples

Saging vs aging; rewire vs retire; interaction vs transaction

  • If you feel stuck in your life at the moment, this book will give you hope and inspiration

As I was reading the book, I was oftentimes confused feeling that the author was very energetic for someone above fifty years old. The book injects a great dose of joy in the stories Chip tells, in the way he writes, and in some of the words he owns.

He proposes the notion of “mentern” for those above fifty in the workplace as they combine two primary roles that are seemingly contradictory: being a mentor as well as an intern.

  • If you are looking for answers to one or more of the following questions, this book is for you too

In this book you will be surprised by the fact that modern elders are as curious as four-year-old children. They have questions about everything, all the time. If this is not the case, Chip proposes a journey that revolves around evolution, learning, collaboration, and counseling.

I myself have been asking plenty of questions about work, career, and the workplace. Surprisingly, this book gives a few answers and it also triggers new questions.

  • What should I do so the younger generation does not replace me so quickly?
  • What should I do to stay passionate about what I do best?
  • What should I do to stay relevant in a workplace demanding new skillset?
  • What should I do to accept that my boss might be younger than me?

In general, it is a book I liked. I enjoyed my time reading. I learned and I smiled a lot while flipping through its pages.

If you were still in doubt whether you should read this book or not, take a few minutes to watch Chip Conley’s related TedTalk. He will convince you.

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