Book review – finding happiness at work is not easy with ADHD, try another perspective

The second book from Howard Cutler and the Dalai Lama about how to find happiness at work. Unsurprisingly the Dalai Lama feels that cultivating inner values, contributes to the greatest possibility of being happy at work. Topics are brought up as conversations that took place between Cutler and the Dalai Lama with commentary from Cutler as the chapter ends. The topics include making money, work boredom, job career, right livelihood.

Practical suggestions are to keep an optimistic outlook, calm mind and a realistic perspective. Tying self-identity to money is not a realistic perspective, you are not your money and so what happens if you suddenly stop making money? Do you become a worthless person because you no longer have a high income? The Dalai Lama encourages us to even take jobs that pay less money but that leave for more time to spend with family, friends, and doing things we enjoy. It’s hard to be happy when you are a slave to work.

Have a self-understanding of your strengths and weaknesses so you won’t be devastated if you are not great at certain aspects of your job and work with a sense of meaningfulness, skill and feel satisfaction. The book is a little slow and rambles a little in the conversations but the Dalai Lama does offer practical advice and a positive attitude.