The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need – Daniel H. Pink

So really, this was a great little book! And, I want to write up the back cover description, but I gave the book back already. (T_T)

So, instead, I’ll copy and past of the website!

Book Cover

The 6 career secrets no one ever told you.

Meet Johnny Bunko. He’s probably a lot like you. He did what everybody – parents, teachers, counselors — told him to do. But now, stuck at a dead-end job, he’s begun to suspect that what he thought he knew is just plain wrong. One bizarre night, Johnny meets Diana, the unlikeliest career advisor he’s ever seen. Part Cameron Diaz, part Barbara Eden, she reveals to Johnny the six essential lessons for thriving in the world of work

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko is America’s first business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga – and the last career guide you’ll ever need.

Aren’t I sneaky! Anyway, I read this the other day, and I want like four copies of it. Partly because I want to be able to pass it on to my friends. But really, the six lessons are intuitive, and they resonate great with you! Much better than the conventional ways of thought (i.e. good to school → get good grades → get a decent job → pay your dues → get a better job).

This will be the best $10 and the best 60 minutes (if you read slow) you ever spent! The story is funny, but gets the lessons across seriously enough. Seriously, Diana (nymph/gene/fairy person) is pretty funny, and Johnny is pretty typical I think.

I know its in manga (japanese comic) form, but don’t discredit it based on that. Consumers have less and less time to actually sit down and read, so why not put something in picture form? It’s easier for the majority of people to translate the information into brain code if it’s a picture, and fewer words take less time to read.

Plus, it’s just all around an enjoyable book. So go Buy It, read it, and pass it on.


  1. There is NO Plan!!!
  2. Think Strengths, NOT Weaknesses
  3. Persistence trumps Talent
  4. Make EXCELLENT Mistakes
  5. It’s not about YOU
  6. Leave an imprint

I won’t do it justice by explaining, so watch the lecture (when you have time), and go order the book.This presentation was done by Garr Reynolds. You can also see it on his website, Presentation Zen.

Also, here’s an article from Business Week.

(I read it slow, fyi! I wanted to enjoy it all the way!)


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