6 Career Secrets from Johnny Bunko (and Daniel Pink)

Over lunch with another parent a couple of years ago, I happened to mention that our three children (aka the Mod Squad) were all interested in high-unemployment careers:  jazz musician, musical theatre actress, and sports broadcaster.

SJohnny Bunkohe said, “You need to read Johnny Bunko.” She was right.

Presented in manga form, written by Daniel H. Pink, the full title is The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: the last career guide you’ll ever need.

Briefly, Johnny Bunko is a nice enough guy who did what everyone (parents, teachers, counselors) told him to do. Now he’s stuck in a dead-end job, making mistakes, hating his life, nowhere near what he would love to be doing.

Fortunately, through magic chopsticks (you have to read it), he meets Diana, who helps walk him through career moves toward work that he loves. He has to work toward his end goal, and each of Diana’s lessons helps him surmount another career obstacle.

Here are Diana’s Daniel Pink’s Career Secrets:

1.  There is no plan.
2.  Think strengths, not weaknesses.
3.  It’s not about you.
4.  Persistence trumps talent.
5.  Make excellent mistakes.
6.  Leave an imprint.

Everybody in the house read it. (1. Anyone here, while eating, will look at any reading material left on the kitchen table, and 2. It helps that it looks like a comic book.) The art by Rob Ten Pas is excellent. While the storyline involves business assignments in accounting and marketing, the graphics make it easy to understand for young readers.

Title:  The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: the last career guide you’ll ever need.

Recommend? Absolutely. We’ve given this to all ages.

Stars (out of 5):  5


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2 responses to “6 Career Secrets from Johnny Bunko (and Daniel Pink)

  1. Nancy Damon

    Am wondering if this is a good book to get a post-college person. You seem to indicate that it is.

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