How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work [Megan Hustad] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. There’s a lot of career advice . Megan Hustad. · Rating details · ratings · 63 reviews. A delightfully original, unerringly hip, yet marvelously practical handbook for a new and slightly . Megan Hustad worked at Knopf, Basic Books, and Counterpoint Press before leaving publishing to write a book about the unexpectedly.

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Got a lot out of this book and can see me rereading it again some day.

I want to get a bunch of copies of this book to hand out to all the kids who are about to graduate from both high school and college. I felt as if I was reading hustax crappy Cliffs Notes version of all of the great books she referenced throughout Hustac to be Useful. Fine, with some interesting bits, but seemed overall a bit formulaic: Hopefully some things are obvious to the reader, but Short, to the point, entertaining, and in a word, useful.

The author is well-read and a gifted writer; I enjoyed reading it– I just wish I could send it to my year-old self.

I was 97 percent done Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Hustad basically cuts the legs out from under that argument by giving you a new perspective on what it means to work in an useul. Time to put aside your objections to blatant cries for help.

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Then I got meggan as a Kindle daily deal, and so I read it off and on for about two years. But by the end of the book, I couldn’t help but want to run away screaming from my current office setting given all the advice Hustad had given me about how to “succeed.


Welcome to the Working Week 1: And it is neither ‘dry’ ho ‘academic,’ though it is quite bookish. Frequent pop culture references make the book entertaining, but may make it seem dated in the future. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The writing style of the book, however, was quite difficult for me to follow.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Surprisingly, the secret to success, according to Hustad’s meta-analysis of a century of business advice, is making yourself indiscriminately useful to those around you. And focuses on the idea that we only hate work as much as we are willing to let it get to us. The early scenes of Carrie wandering the streets of turn-of-the-century Chicago, fresh off the train, looking for work, are the stuff of perfect costume drama.

How to Be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work

Jul 08, Deeplata rated it really liked it Shelves: I chose to read it a second time because there are a lot of good nuggets of wisdom and advice put forth by the author that I wanted to put into practice. Suits obscure all appetites other than ambition. A very entertaining and inspiring book–especially for the disenchanted or those with the beginnings of a desire to do even better professionally. It’s a playful, but still helpful, look at how to handle the politics of work.

Sure, I would benefit financially from global capitalism, but I would maintain my purity by doing a really mediocre job. I couldn’t find much practical advice in this book.

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And I do all the annoying things this book warns against. Especially when you’re employed in a creative industry but mainly engaged in menial tasks– how else, you think, can I help people understand that I’m capable of so, so much more than I’m being asked to do?


If you hustar to know how workplace attitudes have changed over the years, this is the book for you. If your superiors are msgan or otherwise chickenhearted, they’ll mumble about you behind your back for months but never say anything to you directly. This will now be the first of many other “success literature” books I will be reading. I first got this book, when it was new, out of the public library.

This is what I learned, however, after eventually quitting Vintage because my, ahem, “career” there had stalled out and reading a lot of success manuals from the s and s, when snark was first in vogue: Jun 11, Kelsey rated it did not like it.

Am realizing how right my instincts are to do things outside my job description in general, and to be enthusiastic, and am seeing that my negative coworkers are hurting themselves a lot, and this is maybe the main reason why I’m always so well liked. Emre Welcome to the Working Week 3: I find this book to be both inspiring, and a major shift in perspective which is releasing some of the stress I’ve felt in my current workplace. Andrew Finally, we invite our readers to contribute their own first-job stories ideally words or less in the comments box.

Proving once and for all that working hard and being smart arent nearly enough to get ahead these days, Hustad provides dozens of solutions for corporate indignities that have stood the test of time.