Welcome to SixFigureStart®

Career Coaching by Former Fortune 500 Recruiters

Book Review: Randy Komisar’s The Monk and The Riddle

Jobseekers can benefit from this book for entrepreneurs and not just because it solves the riddle of how to drop an egg three feet without cracking it (no, I won’t spoil it here).  Komisar has an illustrious career spotting and shepherding start-ups (LucasArts, WebTV, Tivo) but his lesson for entrepreneurs about passion v. drive is important for jobseekers especially now.

Komisar talks about identifying the why (the passion that pulls you) of your startup and not just relying on drive (which you need lots of as well) to push through.  Similarly jobseekers need the drive to get through the minutiae of the job search — networking, follow up, interview practice, copyediting that resume.  But the thing that separates the successful career from the mundane is the passion.  In this tough market, where no sector is safe or easy to break through, you need passion for your choices to pull you forward and get you through the anxious, bleak, and frustrating times.

It was also nice in The Monk and The Riddle to follow two entrepreneurs on their journey and see the risks they took.  Jobseekers and employees face risks as well.  It’s always inspiring to read about other people who go for it.  At the very least, it reminds us that we have choices.  Regardless of the market (the sample entrepreneurs in The Monk and The Riddle were in the funeral business of all things!), we have choices in what we pursue.  Lead with passion, follow up with drive, and make bold choices — excellent advice for entrepreneurs and jobseekers as well.


Filed under: book review, career coaching, , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow us on Twitter

%d bloggers like this: