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Find Your Calling Love Your Life: Paths to Your Truest Self in Life and Work Hardcover – March 9, 1998

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We all search for our life's work--not plain old jobs, but "bright and shining careers that will help save the world in some way, once we discover and cultivate our inner talents," say Martha Finney and Deborah Dasch. The pair wrote for a variety of business and trade magazines before they found their own life's work in Find Your Calling, Love Your Life. Instead of offering lessons on how to find a worthy career, they open the floor to allow 20 people who've found their callings to speak for themselves. There's the special-effects director who describes his long path to a job that combines grueling hours with childlike fun; the married couple who learned they had to be entertainers as well as businesspeople when they decided to open a sailboat-charter company; and even a used-car salesman, who tells how he survived difficult times and found dignity in a profession that gets little respect. While Studs Terkel's Working used similar interviews to provide a new perspective on the American labor force, Find Your Calling, Love Your Life has simpler ambitions: find out how people with good jobs went about getting them. The book also provides windows into the lives of interesting characters we'd otherwise never get to know.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684831694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684831695
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,690,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The daughter of a covert CIA operative, Martha grew up traveling the world and learning life's lessons from a man who was totally committed to his work. From those beginnings, Martha's own life's calling was set in stone -- to explore all the many ways people discover the work they love, land the jobs that they want, and, in turn, help make their companies successful.

Having spent the first part of her career as a journalist, she's now a consultant, speaker and author specializing in employee engagement and career management. She's especally excited about her new book, Rebound: A Proven Plan For Starting Over After Job Loss, and the forthcoming book, Unlock the Hidden Job Market, which she cowrote with the fabulous Duncan Mathison.)

She divides her time between Silicon Valley and Santa Fe, where she shares her honeysuckle-vine covered adobe writer's cottage with three cats, deadlines and a cherry red KitchenAid stand mixer. (Man cannot live on great jobs alone.)

Martha's work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post,, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers around the United States.

Her books have been translated into Mandarin, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Which just goes to show that everyone wants to love their work.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "stlawrence" on July 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Dasch and Finney have compilied a series of inspirational short essays that are supportive of those in search of their calling. I especially enjoyed the variety of perspectives presented.
Not a how-to book, you'll have to ponder and reflect to appreciate the full value of this text. Find Your Calling would be stronger, if the authors contributed more of their expertise to help readers develop an understanding of the process one goes through.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I just LOVED this book. What a delight. The authors have a light, fresh, relaxed writing style that really shows off the subjects of the book. So many different people, all sharing one thing: they've found a livelihood they love. It was wonderful to read about so many different people, doing different types of work -- but still sharing a warm commonality. They've all found their calling. Makes me realize that there's hope for me, too! I'm getting another copy for a good friend who's graduating from college soon -- she'll need this!
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