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48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal Hardcover – July 1, 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 CBN.com and Crosswalk.com as well as In Touch, AARP, and Success magazines. He and his wife, Joanne, live in Franklin, Tennessee.
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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.
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.
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.
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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Just one of the greatest books I have read. So many amazing stories, I reference it all the time when communicating to others.Published 2 months ago by CPatton
I can't remember how many times we've bought this book, because we keep giving them away to friends and clients who are going through life changes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Molly Vincent
The book totally changed my job search habits and helped me to be more of an initiator in the process. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alyse Hammonds
A bit on the religious side, some good advice...
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This book is full of assumptions that the reader is a radical christian. Ontop of that there is basically no real content. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lela
Great book for someone looking to move up in your career, or start your own business. A lot of good ideas and direction on where to go if you looking to move up in the work place.Published 4 months ago by southernguyandgal
48 days to the work you love is a good read with some creative ideas however 48 days is not enough time to find the work you love. This takes time and trial and error.Published 5 months ago by LOOTPOST