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date submitted 22.09.2010
date updated 28.01.2011
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What's Worth Working For

Julian Bennett

Many people are not living the happy successful life they would have loved to live due to a distorted perception of what's worth working for.


Lots of people are having a hard time making ends meet or enjoying the life they live. However, in most cases, it is not because they are not working hard or smart enough. They are just not channeling their energies towards the right lines of work so that they can reap the requisite (or desired) benefits they are bound to be looking for – even if unconsciously. This is like trying to keep the two ends of a see-saw at the same level yet adjusting one end without considering what is happening at the other. The aim of this book is to enable people to zero-in on exactly what they want in order to live the happy and successful life they dream of.

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Mr. Nom de Plume wrote 836 days ago

This work is a wonderful read. "Time that must be accounted for."

Halsgal wrote 1216 days ago

I like your style of writing. It is to the point and easy to read. I am also in the instructional group of books and cannot really beat all the storybooks on the site. So I am backing books in my group. You are one, and good enough for me to back. I like staying on shelves so I hope you move out that winner bool that made it, and slip me in there for a while.

In my book I have an essay on succeeding at life. And sometimes we really are to blame for our failures.

fh wrote 1239 days ago

This is well-written and worth reading. You raise many thought-provoking topics and tackle them with good common sense, of which we can all understand.
,This is a nice mixture between reference and self-help, and like Hudson before me I would think most people would like to have this on a bookshelf, close to hand for guidance in matters that really affect us, why and how we should dela with them.
A difficult book I should think to write - not one I would tackle - well done.

Hudson wrote 1241 days ago

Hi Julian, When I read your book, I am reminded of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. He talks to us about life and all the things we experience in it. You talk about the specifics of a particular segment of our lives but, unlike Gibran, you talk to us in a more pragmatic, down-to-earth language which is basically incapable of being misunderstood.
I see that some comentators have said that you could be guilty of labouring your point but, often, a point needs to be emphasized lest it's importance is not fully recognised.
To me, this is not a book which can be read, purely for pleasure and enlightenment. It is more of a reference book which should be looked at regularly for guidance. It is well-written and could find a permanent place on many people's real bookshelves. All the Best with it!
Hudson, (The Power of the Pegalore).

A. Zoomer wrote 1247 days ago


Dear Julian Bennett,
This writing is certainly worth reading. I particularly like Chapter 3 about Home. i have been thinking about what home is for immigrants. Where do they live? I'd love some concrete examples.
I have fully starred the book.
I really like it.
A Zoomer

neicyhope101 wrote 1256 days ago have a very specific aand clear style of writing. It was easy to understand and not choppy at all. It does have the tone of a self-help book however; perhaps targeted at those who feel their labor isn't paying off or want to expand in this subject a bit. Which is perfectly fine. Not my style but by all means it doesn't mean it wouldn't be a wonderful read for someone else. *Neicy*

grantdavid wrote 1267 days ago

Julian, sorry to be late in reading your very readable book. There is a diversity of comments too, to read, and I agree with the majority - the enthusiastic and those tempered with cautions, but all helpful. Yor writing is fluent and expressive, and the conversational tone only occasionally lapses into lecturing, but as it goes on, borders on hectoring.
Select, first of all ,the best advice - reduce and illustrate (verbally).
Your book is still on my watchlist.
David Grant,
"Pompey Chimes".

Telegraph wrote 1275 days ago

A thought provoking read that gives one pause. Tarrant

thebenet wrote 1275 days ago

I think, now, I have to do some serious editing! Will get on it right away.
Thanks Sherry.

SChamblee wrote 1275 days ago


Though this isn't something I'd normally read on my own, I did take a look.

You have a conversational style of writing, which can be very good in non-fiction.

Unfortunately I kept wondering when the point would come out. Your setup is very long, and seems to me to sort of assume the reader is ignorant. I truly believe the vast majority of people understand that work is necessary. I think your entire first chapter could be summarized in a couple paragraphs, and would get the point across without belaboring.

If you have something beyond trying to convince people that they need to work for the basics, it might be a good idea to present that first. Show the reader where the process will be leading them. GIve them some idea that this will be more than a lecture.

I wish you all the best,


thebenet wrote 1275 days ago

Wow! that was a nice one Colin,
and greatly appreciated. I'll work on it... and have a look at your book as well.
Thank you.
Best Regards

Colin Eston wrote 1276 days ago

Dear Julian

Thanks for asking me to look at WWWF. As I'm now retired after a very enjoyable teaching career, I have to admit it's not my sort of book.

As I was an English teacher, however, I might make one or two observations on style. There are, in my opinion, two types of person who might pick up a book with this title: 1) those wanting guidance on career choice/lifestyle or 2) those expecting a philosphical discourse. The former will a) be time-poor and b) want clear, obvious advice. Your sub-headings go someway to providing this, but your discourse is too leisurely. Many of the paragraphs are very long. The whole thing needs to be more punchy. At the moment it is more suited to the second type of audience. If you are clear about your purpose, I am sure you'll be able to tailor your style and structure appropriately. But at the moment, it falls between two stools.

If crime fiction is your thing, I'd welcome your comments on Dying for Love.

Colin Eston

CarolinaAl wrote 1277 days ago

A thought-provoking discourse. Great theme. Illuminating observations. Persuasive logic. Brilliant annecdotes. A life changing read. Backed.

Jesselowe wrote 1279 days ago

You make a number of excellent points in "What's Worth Working For," among them the premise that one ought to set goals and work to achieve them. However. life frequently takes unexpected shifts, major and minor, that can shake plans up and throw them out to sea. On the other hand, "one of these days" usually ends up meaning "none of these days." Another thought: One doesn't possess things; things possess the person.

Sly80 wrote 1281 days ago

This is an interesting discussion, boiling down at the outset to the meaning of life and what our bodies and brains are designed to do. Of course there is a hierarchy of needs as well as wants, and also often a mismatch in the time and money equation, where people have an excess of one at the expense of the other. This is bad enough, but then there are those people who exploit rather than contribute, and the rest of us have to take up their slack as well as our own.

An extremely thought-provoking book, which uses some remarkable examples to illustrate and clarify. It enables readers to make a reassessment of what really matters in their lives. We learn how to recognise where we are, and where we want to be, and then plan a route in between that takes into account the other people who may be affected. Much food for thought, Julian ... backed.

BTW I found the subtitles very useful.

SubtleKnife wrote 1281 days ago

Interesting, though you do spend a lot of time getting to the various important points you make. I found the read quite hard work and my attention strayed a number of times. The first chapter, which I read in full, is very long. I feel you could easily shorten it by some judicious editing; for example, cutting out repetitions and making your sentences a little simpler. One small error, 'manner from heaven' should be 'manna from heaven'. Good luck with it. Cheers! -Liz (Meggie Blackthorn)

thebenet wrote 1282 days ago

Finally I've done it!
In response to the numerous requests from my cherished authonomites for more structure to "WHAT'S WORTH WORKING FOR", I have put in some subtitles and I think it looks better - thanks to you; but it is not over yet. So far, I have only done it for the first chapter. Please let me know if it is okay so I can extend the idea to the other chapters as well. I have plans for some bullet points in chapter two so once you give me the go-ahead, that will be the next level of development on my book.
Thank you very much.
Best regards,

Dagura van Acra wrote 1283 days ago

Julian, I think you've made a great start on this book, but it would be nice to see some structuring. Subtitles, bullet points and headings are favourites with this sort of thing. Also, in your first paragraph I believe 'Indeed even,...' should have been 'Indeed, even...'.
All in all it looks like you've put a lot of thought into this, and I wish you luck.

'Rising Seas'

Bill Carrigan wrote 1283 days ago

Greetings Julian, As a manual of "self-help," you've offered persuasive observations and recommendations. Moreover, you write well. My impression, though, is that a book of this genre calls for a format unlike an essay. You might consider using titled sections presenting the contents categorically, such as "All Consumption Entails Work" and "All Fun Involves Expense." Each section could then be enriched with anecdotes enhanced by dialogue. This is the tried-and-true formula used in countless books, such as Dale Carnegie's highly successful "How to Win Friends and Influence People." You have interesting, persuasive material here, but it needs organization to set it off. Whether or not you agree, I'll gladly back "What's Worth Working For" If you have time, could you take a look at my novel "The Doctor of Summitville"? I'd greatly appreciate your comments and possible support. Best regards, Bill

GK Stritch wrote 1285 days ago

Dear Julian Bennett,

What's Worth Working For is chock full of commonsense and during these precarious economic times, everyone needs to use lots of it.

Best and backed.

GK Stritch
CBGB Was My High School

Katy Christie wrote 1285 days ago

I found the opening chapter rather long and dense but I assume the published version would - no, will - let's be positive - benefit from images/examples. However, what you say is interesting and informative and I'm happy to back your book on this premise.
Katy Christie
No Man No Cry

Linda Lou wrote 1286 days ago

hullo Julian. It is indeed a tricky question to answer and so diferent for so many. Thanks for your insights. Already shelved and backed.
Please take a look at my book if you have not and thanks for that.
Linda Lou Long
Southern dis-Comfort

Jodi Louise Nicholls wrote 1286 days ago


This is right up my street. I completely relate with your writing. I also believe that you need to balance every aspect of your life to achieve happiness. I think this is great insight and I wish you the very best with this.

One nit pick is in your pitch, 'making ends meet', I think meet is supposed to be 'meat'. :o)

Kind regards,


Giulietta Maria wrote 1287 days ago

This is an important book, I think. I like the way you spin nature working, even growing takes a lot of work on the cellular level! I do know quite a few people who feel like work is pointless- and I would agree with you that they seem a bit 'stuck' and 'stagnant' in their lives. This kind of book could 'wake them up' to the fact that, not only is work important, but it's wonderful to work! Good luck with this. Backed.

Freeman wrote 1288 days ago

This book is not for me. I loved working and I achieved plenty though hard work and also being in the right place at the time. I think there is a market for such books and I agree with another comment that it would help to have headings so people can focus in on where they can do better.
It is well written and I will back it.

Life Bringer

thebenet wrote 1288 days ago

You're welcome Stanley,
And yes it is helpful. I haven't really thought about that (the proper start thing) but now that you mention it I'll look into it and see what can be done about it.
Thank you very much. I really appreciate this.

Kind Regards,

Francene Stanley wrote 1289 days ago

Beautifully written and well thought out line of reasoning. I love the care that you've given each detail.

You should consider who will buy the book, and adress that line at the beginning, rather than launcing into your line of understanding. I felt the lack of a proper start to the book. Yet I can't think how you would begin. For instance, if it was a fairy tale, you would begin by saying, now settle down and I'll tell you a story before you sleep.

I hope this is helpful in some way. Thank you for backing Still Rock Water.

Julie Hough wrote 1289 days ago

Perfectly structured, subtitles would help to take a breather, Julie

thebenet wrote 1290 days ago

Thank you Philip,
I'll keep that in mind.
Thank you very much.

Kind regards,

philip john wrote 1290 days ago

Hi Julian,

You seem to be living proof that if you set your mind to something and have sufficient determination, there is no limit to what you can achieve. You have articulated your core beliefs extremely well and your book is well written and well reasoned. The only reservation I have - and this is not a criticism of what potentially is a very good book - is that there are a lot of motivational type books around and any new book on the subject has to be exceptional to rise above the pile. Perhaps the inclusion of references to your own experience and the experience of people you know might help to tip the balance.

Best wishes (and good luck with your further studies) Philip John

thebenet wrote 1292 days ago

I'm so previleged to have all of you on this site helping with my book. Thank you so much Eunice. You're such a lovely young lady (I know you are old when it comes to the physical number of years, but you're definitely young at heart considering your exuberance not to mention the number of books you've written. I wish you well in yours as well). Thank you for going through my book and for the comments. I must confess, personally I do need to add a little more play time to my schedule.

Eunice Attwood wrote 1292 days ago

You are obviously a very motivated kind of guy, and will no doubt do very well in life with your positive approach to life. I remember feeling like that once, but now take a different approach. I think many people will find your book helpful, but do remember to stop and smell the flowers sometimes. All work and no know how it goes. My motto is - different strokes, for different folks. Sometimes material things just aren't that important, but inner happiness and fulfillment are. Often people work hard all their lives and work themselves into an early grave, and you can't take it with you. I wish you well in your endeavours, and hope your book does well. Cheers, Eunice - The Temple Dancer.

thebenet wrote 1292 days ago

Thank you ladies,
will certainly do.

with kind regards.

ccb1 wrote 1293 days ago

We agree with Pia. Break up the text, use illustrations, examples, and antedotes. The stuff you're offering is great, but it has to be reader friendly. "BACKING"
CC Brown
Dark Side

stoatsnest wrote 1293 days ago

Very sound advice. This book is a valuable source of common sense.

missyfleming_22 wrote 1295 days ago

To be honest, I don't really read this kind of book but I got reading and found a lot of stuff that is helpful and interesting. It's the kind of book that people can actually get some use out of if they only gave it a chance. I found parts of it stiff, almost lecture-like. In other parts, you have a great conversational tone, like you're chatting with friends in your living room. Keep to that, I think that is where your strength lies. You're a fun guy, I've learned that from your messages, put more of that into the book. It's personality that will make this stand out, that will make it unique enough from all the other similar books a publisher or agent might be looking at.You have the potential, now ya just gotta give it that polish and a whole lot of you. Great, useful stuff thought, especially to us wanna be authors!

Mark of Eternity

thebenet wrote 1295 days ago

Thank you very much J.S.Watts,
I know its a real big challenge luring people into this book but I'm not giving up working on it. I have already figured out a way of clearing one of the "whole new ball game" lines. I'll keep informing you when I do updates or edit it so you can be checking up. Thanks.

J.S.Watts wrote 1296 days ago

Interesting and clearly a lot of thought has gone into it. I always think (rightly or wrongly) that this type of book has to lure its readers in and I don't think it does that yet. Here are two things you might want to think about:

1. Style - to my eye, chunks of the first chapter read more like a business report than a book;

2. Use of cliches - like "a whole new ball game" which I know has been commented on previously. The fewer cliches the better to my way of thinking- invent your own analogies (far classier);

Hope this is of assistance.


nsllee wrote 1297 days ago

Hi Julian

This was a refreshing read after all the fiction on this site. I like your natural down-to-earth writing style and the subject matter is certainly one of the most important for people in our society. It's funny, really, how rarely the question of finding the right sort of work is touched on when it is probably the thing that we all spend most of our time on. Definitely worthwhile to meditate on and you have certainly thought the subject through thoroughly. Backed.


thebenet wrote 1297 days ago

You're right Eric,
sorry about the repetition of that phrase. I will do my best to reduce it to the barest minimum; and thanks for the critique as well as for supporting my work. I am very grateful.

thebenet wrote 1297 days ago

Thank you Pia,
you've quite spotted me - the kind of person I am. I guess that means I have put myself into this book quite well and yes I really do have a challenge reaching out to the kind of people who would need it the most. However I hope to persevere until I can reach my goal. I will look seriously at the breaks - diagrams, illustrations, examples - to help make it more interesting and less burdensome on them. Thank you very much.

Eric Laing wrote 1297 days ago

Not my usual genre...that's for sure! But this is well laid out and done with a good deal of care an thought, that much is immediately evident. I'm not sure the philosophy here would truly fit for all. Some people lack the capacity to see the logic here applied. But, as I said, this is definitely out of my realm of thinking and so I'll not attempt to debate what I may well be ignorant of.

I'm sure there are others who will find this book useful if not enlightening.

One small suggestion...I noted the phrase "a whole new ball game" a few times. My rule is that the use of tired or cliched phrases is often one use too many. To use another, that's just my measly two cents, however. :)

All the best. Back.

Pia wrote 1297 days ago

Julian -

What's Worth Working For - this is like a meditation on sane living, on right planning, on genuine value and balance ... There are rich people who are so rich they cannot even sleep ... The ability to look at what one already has would be a blessing for many ... although the idea has become rather alien to our branded must-have-the-newest-gadget culture, resulting in a pervailing sense of lack and insufficiency. With you clarity and wisdom you voice seems to come from an island of peace. I imagine you are trusted man, and a good supporter of family and friends. How to reach your readership, those who will benefit from your voice, may be a challenge. Someone pointed to structure. Maybe something to break up the text, illustrations, or your examples styled more as lively anectodes. Food for thought. Wishing you the best success.

Backed, Pia (Course of Mirrors)

Tom Bye wrote 1298 days ago


I CONCUR with one of the comments' that your bookd is very thought provoking and intelligent piece of wrtiing indeed.
i moves so swiftly along with nuggets of positive informatioln that i found myself turning the pages at a mile a minute'
It's a very; engrossing read with everything yo u say making sense.
like the line 'what is the point -if there is nothing to live for;' yes and esssential engredient to survive in this hars at time world of our s

rab14 wrote 1298 days ago

I've read ch.1 and 3 of your thought-provoking self-help book and find it intelligently written. There are a few editting points that could tighten up the narrative but nothing too off-putting. I liked ch 3 regarding the differences between a house and a home regardless of wealth. My only problem now is when can you come around to fix my dishwasher that is three months out of the guarantee period! Good Luck .K.J.

JupiterGirl wrote 1299 days ago

Hello, thebenet! I perused your third chapter per your request. You've got some fascinating ideas and you certainly give plenty of back up to support them. Perhaps a counterpoint for arguments sake and then the resulting outcome which in turn, proves/ supports your views. I think you're doing a great job, keep up the editing and best of luck! Shelved. JupiterGirl (Twins of the Astral Plane)

thebenet wrote 1299 days ago

Hello everyone,
I just uploaded the third chapter and have done some editing on the second one as well. I would appreciate it if you could go through and let me know what you think about it.
Thank you.

thebenet wrote 1299 days ago

Indeed Niobrara,
I Intend to address most of that in chapter ten (hopefully to be titled "A Coorporate world"), but thanks for bringing it up; it means I am on the right track.
And thank you very much for backing me. I am so grateful.
Best regards

Niobrara Kardnova wrote 1299 days ago

Liked the title, the pitch and the break down of work to its most basic level. Wished you'd considered more alternatives, such as restructuring to a non-capitalistic form of society; how to deal with the advantage society offers one class of people through its debt and labor laws, etc. I do think the simple idea you profess of taking the time to weigh the options in quantity and quality of work vs. reward is one that many people could benefit from. Backed.
Niobrara Kardnova (Family Irregulars)

thebenet wrote 1300 days ago

Hi Neville,
thanks so much for reading and backing my book. I really appreciate it.
I am supposed to be attending a lecture this morning, but will get back to reading yours as well when I return.
Enjoy your day.