On the Shortness of Life, by the Roman philosopher Seneca, is not just a great “book” on how to not waste our lives. it is also something I would recommend to anyone starting a career. Seneca addresses this book to Paulinus, who has a job managing the corn stores of Rome, but he could just as easily be addressing a doctor, lawyer, or an IT professional. In this book (more an extended letter), Seneca is advising Paulinus not only how to live one’s life better, but on how to keep his job in perspective. It may be centrues old, but it is still good advice.
I think anyone with a career or considering a career should read this book. Good advice never goes out of date.
For more on the book, goto the Penguin site and check out On the Shortness of Life – Seneca – Penguin Books