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August 1, 201110:38 PM

When It Comes To Your Work: Stay Calm

Do you follow Alain de Botton?

I was first introduced to Alain de Botton when Julien Smith (In Over Your Head and the co-author of Trust Agents along with Chris Brogan) first dropped a copy of The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work on my desk. Here's a good, general rule of thumb: if Julien Smith says something is worth reading, then read it. de Botton is not easy reading. It's deep, it's emotional and it's philosophical. All of his books are smart and de Botton's true skill is in using words to get you to think about your own existence.

We're an anxious bunch when it comes to work.

What is it about our work that makes us so stressed and worried? In this TED Talk, de Botton looks at success, anxiety and how to-rethink how you think about your work and life. It's 17 minutes... and it's worth every second...

By Mitch Joel


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  • Posted by Jennifer Rose
    Mitch Joel

    I hadn't seen this TEDTalk. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Thanks for adding this, I retweeted you today as I enjoyed this talk and appreciated you pointing it out.

    I also enjoyed finding your book [in French] in Paris last week.....

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  • Posted by Dr. Rae
    Mitch Joel

    Thank you Mitch for introducing Alain de Botton to me and the world this AM...

    Alian so humanly and skillfully with laughter presented in his TEDTalk works quite well with the StressTip and Stress Question posted on Facebook and Twitter @TheBaumGroup today!

    With appreciation and gratitude, my plan is to link and retweet this marvelous exposé.

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  • Posted by Larry
    Mitch Joel

    This was pretty insightful. I shared this on my Facebook account for others to see.

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  • Posted by Lucile Baker
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks for sharing this Mitch, this was my first exposure to Alain de Botton. I love the way he question us on purpose of our life, materialism, & influence. I'm going to follow him closer!

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  • Posted by Claude Oggier
    Mitch Joel

    Great british sense of humour;-) Thanks for sharing!

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  • Posted by Frances Schagen
    Mitch Joel

    The funny thing about this is I tried reading his "Architecture and Happiness" book, but found it too pompous. I was there in Oxford, when he gave this talk and I saw that his hunour is very dry and he's all tongue-in-cheek. When I got back I devoured all his books and delighted in every one of them.

    I am a huge Alain de Botton fan!

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  • Posted by VA
    Mitch Joel

    Thanks for the share, everyone in business should watch this or even those wha are working, they'll learn a lot in this video.

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