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48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal Paperback – May 15, 2010

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About the Author

Dan Miller is president of 48 Days LLC, specializing in creative thinking for increased personal and business success. He is the author of 48 Days to the Work You Love and No More Mondays and also writes often for and as well as In Touch, AARP, and Success magazines. He and his wife, Joanne, live in Franklin, Tennessee.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Revised edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433669331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433669330
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan Miller is the author of the bestselling 48 Days to the Work You Love book, workbook, and audio program. As a life coach, he has guided people through the anguish of unexpected change to the exhilaration of meaningful work and increased time and financial freedom. Dan has appeared on CBS's The Early Show and MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. He lives the life he describes, combining work and play, with his wife, Joanne, on their nine-acre sanctuary near Franklin, Tennessee.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Brooke on October 3, 2012
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I read Jon Acuff's book Quitter in the spring. It was an interesting book that had many pointers that I could use. Maybe people referred to Dan Miller's book as having more substantial and sequential instructions on how to accomplish your goals. So I got his book next. First lets be clear. This book is not a magic wand or lottery ticket. Its not going to automatically give you what you want. What the book does accomplish is to help you realize why you aren't happy with your job and how to determine your innate potential.

Miller destroys the myth that work sucks, everybody hates their job and everyone is looking forward to retirement. That was the way I was raised. It was the way my parents were raised, my grandparents, we can go on and on. Reading the book helped me understand my feelings better. Then it went beyond that. He does give you guidance on how to go about doing what you love.

I have to disagree with the gentleman who gave the book a 1 star because he "couldn't quit his 6 figure job because...." and Dan Miller doesn't give him a solution. Its not really his job to help you figure out how to make as much money and pay off your debt. Its really his job to help you realize what you really want to do and how to go about getting that job. He gives a great example of the ER doctor who wanted to drive trucks. I'm betting he had as much debt and made as much money as the attorney. The ER doctor doesn't quit his job completely and throw away all of his schooling, he worked part time on the weekends in the ER, when he wanted to and spent his week days happily driving a truck.

It really comes down to what do you want to accomplish and what are the steps necessary to do that and this book meets that criteria. So you can spend the rest of your life talking about what you can't do or you can change course and realize what you want to do.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By R. Blue on January 14, 2011
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I thought this book was a little behind the times with some of it's language. When suggesting a booming economy and unlimited opportunities (not quotes or exact wordage) it was obviously talking about a different era. On the other hand he offers great advice and some interesting interview questions for the applicant. I specifically like his negative view on objectives as a section for your resume. I would definitely suggest this book and while your at it read the power of who and Fired to hired all back to back and you will be on your way to the work you love.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Hirst on February 27, 2013
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Cliché sounding, I know.

But I was a miserable employee of an IT company for a few years. I used the methods in this book to land a better gig, and then transition into fully working for myself doing something that better aligns with who I am.

This book is more of a workbook than a lecture. But it totally works, step by step. I actually received 8 interviews in a week after using the principles in this book to perform my job search. I had my pick of the litter :)

But beware - If you follow the steps in this book, do the work, and change your thinking, you'll likely change your life. And some people just aren't good with change.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Erik on September 3, 2011
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First, let me say I would recommend readers aim to finish this book in 3-5 days. That will allow for more time to dedicate to the job search process. There's really no reason to only digest a single chapter a day.

I think Dan Miller provided an excellent overview of how times are changing and we need to get on board. He explained how the idea of a secure job is becoming something of the past and people need to take more initiative themselves for finding meaningful work.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that Miller gives PRACTICAL insights. Many professional development books are all fluff, but not this one. He discusses the current trends in cover letters, resumes, the interview process, salary negotiation, and much more. Miller also includes personal accounts and examples which help emphasize his points.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Stieffel on January 2, 2012
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This book will help you if you're looking for a traditional job. It contains advice on resume writing and job search tactics, and a thorough section on interviewing skills.

But if "the work you love" is nontraditional--freelance work or self-employment--look elsewhere. Despite the author's admission that "the new normal" includes more such work, the job-hunting sections assume that "work" means a place on a corporate payroll. There are only two chapters about self-employment. The first spends a lot of time convincing you it can be done--but doesn't give details about how. The other offers a bunch of anecdotes, but no tactics for starting a business or advice for freelancers.

The sections on self-discovery -- figuring out who you are and what kind of work might be "the work you love" are also pretty flimsy. So look elsewhere if you're trying to discover what work is a good fit for you.

Some parts of this book are quite inspirational, but ultimately I can't recommend it. In addition to scattered typos ("tot" instead of "to" -- in all-caps, no less -- an r missing from "unfotunately"), there's a clear lack of proofreading and fact-checking. The average time Americans spend in a job is variously given as 2.2 years and 3.2 years. One of them may be right, but which?

Most troubling to me is the repetition of the myth that claims Sir Ernest Shackleton placed a terse classified ad to recruit a South Pole expedition crew. It only takes a Google to learn that this anecdote is unsubstantiated, despite the best efforts of members of The Antarctic Circle organization to prove it. [...] Miller's inclusion of this misinformation leads me to wonder what else in the book may be incorrect.
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