• The Problems of Work

  • Scientology Applied to the Workaday World
  • By: L. Ron Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Harry Chase
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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By: L. Ron Hubbard
Narrated by: Harry Chase
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dianetics, with over 22 million copies sold

With 70 percent of our time spent at work, difficulties on the job can impact every facet of our lives.

Contained in this book is not only technology to bring stability to the workplace, but the groundbreaking processes to return joy itself to all of life.

Here is a book that does what you don't expect a book to do. It tells you HOW. It tells you the basis of things, and the most basic of things is life itself. This then is a book about life.

In this book, learn how to:

  • Gain the confidence to achieve the life you've always wanted
  • Increase stability in the workplace and at home
  • Improve communication skills—the key to achieving success
  • Understand your underlying motivations and master control over your emotions
  • Dramatically increase efficiency, competency and productivity
  • Discover the secret principles to have true happiness
  • Learn the cause of exhaustion and how to restore the vitality of youth
  • Create fulfilling relationships

“I must say how much I enjoyed this book, this text, these ideas, and their workable solutions. I feel refreshed. I know how to handle exhaustion. I know that this work thing must be created and that work itself is a game with freedoms, barriers and purposes. I would rate it 5 out of 5. I appreciate the materials and even the packaging. I really, really enjoyed this learning journey."" (L.R.)

“My way of looking at people and the physical universe has changed, and I feel that my responsibility has increased a lot too. The fact of having this knowledge can be an influencer of environments and people. I will read this book several times because each time we perceive more things. The book showed me that we can help, uplift, empower people and change the environment around us.” (R.G.)

“I am using The Problems of Work to help me with communication. I will be a lot more efficient at work and be able to accomplish more. I am also using it to relieve my exhaustion from work. The Take a Walk method is great, this is helpful, especially after work.” (T.B.)

Gain practical tools you can use to bring about greater security, competence and efficiency in everyday life.

With over two hundred million copies of his works in circulation and dozens of international bestsellers, L. Ron Hubbard has inspired a movement spanning every continent on earth. All told, those works comprise some 5,000 writings and 3,000 recorded lectures and, as such, stand as the single most embracive statement on the human mind and spirit. His breakthroughs have helped millions lead more successful lives and achieve true happiness. 

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

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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.

Any additional comments?

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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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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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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Very good book about work!

I think Scientology is a very interesting philosophy and I deeply enjoyed this book about the problems of work.

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I’ve read this book 3 times. I’ve listened to it more than 30 times. Each time I listen to it with a different point of view depending on the activity I’m in engaged in. The section on exhaustion has helped me tremendously. It has helped me deal with confusion in the work place. I highly recommend it. Use the glossary and a good and simple dictionary for studying.

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Super Helpful Data!!!

I have been suffering with some common work related issues. Now I know exactly what to do about them!!!!

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Great short read

Great short read with a new perspective on a workaday lifestyle. Everyone should read this book.

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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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  • Deniz Adagören
  • 05-06-21

Life changing

Very good life changing knowledge no matter if you are a scientologist or not this will benefit you.

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  • N . Farrelly
  • 11-11-21

Excellent advice

A well narrated book! Lots of helpful information!!
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to be the best they can be!!

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  • Anthony Albert
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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