Book Review: You Are What You Do

Are you defined by what you do? Are you defined by who you know? Are you defined by what you know? Christian speaker Daniel Im is set on a mission to let people know the truth about who they are. His new book, You Are What You Do, contains seven chapters related to personal identity.

However, this book was rare in the sense that I could not finish it. There were so many problems with this book that I only made it to around page 45.

Im talks about the gig economy, but he doesn’t seem to fully understand the reasons why people are working in it. I can put my perspective on this: my current side gig offers me both money and it’s a satisfying project. I can use the extra cash and it’s a project that I enjoy. However, Im seems to imply that the people working in the gig economy are doing so because they have to for their self-worth. For some, that could very well be the case (some gigs are clearly passion projects), but I don’t think that most Uber or Lyft drivers are doing so because they have to drive to feel like their most authentic self. To support my opinion, I would refer to the common belief that most Americans cannot afford a $1,000 emergency. Therefore, people working gigs aren’t egotistical; they’re smart.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. #influencer

Another area that I found strange about Daniel Im’s story is the way he talked about his own career journey. He mentioned coming back to the United States trying to find a job in ministry. No one responded to his resumes, and that I could relate to. Expanding his job search to include willingness to work at a store for money (rather than work in his prior industry ), just to earn a paycheck for a little while, that I could also relate to. As a prior megachurch pastor, he couldn’t even get calls to work at a Costco, so he was desperate. I could relate to his desperation. But Daniel Im totally lost me when he says he looked back on that time of no calls, no interview invitations, and he asks himself why he felt “entitled” to a job.

His explanation, his process, his thinking-out-loud is so unclear at this point. Did a ghostwriter create this story? It is the duty of every Christian husband and father to provide for his family, to see that they have food, clothing, and shelter. It is only right and proper that he would be humble enough to take something, anything, to be willing to work. That is the right thing to do. To call it “entitled” to want to work – this really should have been explained better. I think those who have been unemployed and in that spot of being willing to take anything, yet finding nothing, will find it very hard to call that an “entitled” position.

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