When It Comes To Your Work: Stay Calm

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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…


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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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