The Problems of Work

Scientology Applied to the Workaday World
Narrated by: Harry Chase
Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
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Life is composed of seven-tenths work, one-tenth familial, one-tenth political, and one-tenth relaxation. Here, then, is Scientology applied to that crucial seven-tenths of existence.

The Problems of Work contains the senior principles and laws that apply to every endeavor, every problem of work. For they are the discoveries which lay bare the core of these problems and explain the very fabric of life itself.

The breakthroughs detailed here include:

  • The Anatomy of Confusion - and its cure
  • The Doctrine of the Stable Datum - the most fundamental law of work and living
  • The Anatomy of Control - and how to turn "bad control" to good
  • The Anatomy of Life as a Game - and the rules by which it is played
  • The "Secret" of Efficiency
  • The most fundamental elements of life - Affinity, Reality, and Communication
  • And the rock bottom cause of exhaustion, with the powerful Scientology processes that return the energy of youth

Here, then, is not only technology to bring stability to the workplace, but the magic processes to return joy itself to all of life. For this is Scientology.

©2007 L. Ron Hubbard Library (P)2007 L. Ron Hubbard Library

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This book is a gem!

I’ve been through so many books about business and how to get ahead, etc.and this one was a completely different take on it. It wasn’t just motivational stuff but actual tools and understanding I can use on a day-to-day basis. I feel I have a bigger picture of what’s going on instead of being stuck in the day-to-day grind. More like I’m looking down on the chessboard instead of being a pawn on it. The narrator was also easy to follow and listen to, I definitely recommend this book.

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Be patient with the sales pitch

What did you love best about The Problems of Work?

L. Ron Hubbord was a sales man for Scientology, and this book is definitely a sales pitch. If you can ignore all that, there are many insightful gems of knowledge in this book. He brings up many points that are well worth the read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Problems of Work?

He speaks of the character of mankind, and our true desire to be productive workers being the sole source of our happiness. When a man has no work (work being productive purpose, not a job) he is malcontent, unhappy, and disruptive. The many ways this can present itself from early childhood through adulthood is an interesting read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's short and I was doing chores, so yes it's an all in one sitting listen. I will probably listen to it again, so that I may have a chance to renew several of his viewpoints in my memory.

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I am not a Scientologist, but a person who is interested in hearing and considering different viewpoints. This book contained several solid, well thought out ideas that I found I agree with; however following every pronouncement and idea with a sales pitch on how only a real Scientologist can help you reach true understanding in the ideals set forth by the book is a major detractor. Ignoring that, it was an enjoyable read.

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Simple yet powerful

It is a short book that goes over basics of how life works and how it relates to your work. I was surprised how much I was able to improve some of the aspects of my work by using some of the principles in this book. Highly recommend it to any people who think that spiritual state affect your job performance.

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I loved it!

I really feel like this book has helped me with solving the mysteries of work and how to do well in work! I feel more confident and able to work now with this information!

I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with, not happy with or feels they are in need of some help as work is concerned.

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Worthy of your time!

A super solid listen. Simple practices & perspective for effective communication & focus! I am grateful for the chapter on how to address & break through workplace exhaustion. I listened to the communicate/tone chapter twice. You can google the tone chart to help you understand the book; however. it is not a necessity like the more complex charts LRH references in Dianetics.

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Great book a must read for everyone!

Really great book. Definetly recommend to business owners and employed people. The concept of how to handle confusions is very helpful along with the ARC triangle and the other philosophies in the book. Get this definetly worth it!

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Must listen to if you have a Job.

There are many things that you can use from this book that can help you with your life. It for sure has helped me and continues to help.

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Great message about work and jobs

This was a great message about work and jobs. Very interesting viewpoint as well on the subject. Highly recommend for anyone who is in the workplace today.

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It Helped Me a Lot

If you could sum up The Problems of Work in three words, what would they be?

Practical methods of increasing efficiency and energy level.

What did you like best about this story?

Its practicality and philosophycal approach.

Which character – as performed by Harry Chase – was your favorite?

There's just one:)

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

When I heard about the technique of "Stable Datum" for handling confusions, I told myself-wow, it's so simple and yet so powerful!

Any additional comments?

It's a book that goes deeply into the core of people's inability to work and shows how to handle it. I definitely recommend it:)

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Magic stuff. Gives the natural laws of work and make it so understandable. Will greatly enhance my work experience.

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  • 12-11-17

BEST KEPT SECRET FROM THE WORLD

If you could sum up The Problems of Work in three words, what would they be?

Simplified, wholesome, and un-bias.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This book provides the foundations for improvement; for life, relationships and business.

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It's extremely short, but it explains various topics in enough detail that it equips you. This should be the first self development book anybody should get their hands on. It will save you time, emotion anguish and financial anguish.

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  • 09-06-17

A straightforward formula for work

A great listen in something that is so fundamental in our lives and particularly liked the explanation of control and how this is so important for satisfaction in work