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Product Details

  • Kindle Edition: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (March 4, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780440501602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440501602
  • ASIN: 0440501601
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Filled with inspirational examples...infinitely more appealing than those sterile books telling us how to become a millionaire before we are 35."
--Rev. Richard N. Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?

"[A] gently reassuring guide for all who yearn for work that will express their particular creative abilities."
--Library Journal

"Provides a much needed spiritual yet practical approach to following your heart and making a living."
--Michael Toms, Host, New Dimensions Radio Series --This text refers to an alternate Kindle Edition edition.

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Discover how to tune in to your inner world and your unique talents; evaluate and build your self-esteem, banish your out-moded network of "shoulds" and liberate yourself from an unfulfilling job with this step-by-step guide to finding work that satisfies your passions. --This text refers to an alternate Kindle Edition edition.

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I gave this book two stars not because of the writing, but because the title is misleading.
Pandora
People seem to want to know how to identify what they love, how to turn that into a career and how much money they should expect from it.
Ronald J. Conlon
The key is to realise that doing what you love is not a luxury, but a necessity in living a truly prosperous life.
Jusuf Hariman

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97 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McMahan VINE VOICE on October 27, 2004
Format: Kindle Edition
Why don't we do what we really love. Why do most of us choose 'the bird in the hand' over the 'many in the bush'. Sometimes, it has little or nothing to do with money. Maybe it has to do with something internal to ourselves- our fear of failure, or the unknown or rejection. In short, we need to question ourselves as to why we do what we do.

The simple and short answer for most people is money. Whatever it is that we currently do either pays the bills, pays the most, or is what we felt at some point in time was the most, if not the best, we could get. It has nothing to do with our likes, our desires or our talents. Many people fall into a situation one way or another, or are lured into something by hook or by crook. Ask yourself if something like this even remotely applies to you:

You spend your entire life judging your own worth based on the opinions of those you look up to, hold in high esteem/regard, and yet they have absolutely no respect for you, your ideas, your perspective, or even you as a human being. You spend a great deal of time doing things for the benefit of others, yet you yourself do not reap any of the benefits or rewards.

You do what others tell you to do, and get only what they think you deserve, and not what you want, or more importantly, need. They could care less about your wants, or your needs, and all that matters to them is that they get what they want from you.

You stay in toxic, hostile, life-draining situations out of fear, because you do not know what to do next, or because this is what you know, this is what is secure, and take the paycheck (always with a large serving of abuse), only to end up at the mercy of those who, quite literally, could not give two s---s about you.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Pandora on April 15, 2007
Format: Kindle Edition
I gave this book two stars not because of the writing, but because the title is misleading. If you're looking for courage to quit your high-paying but soulless job for more soulful work--and maintain your standard of living--this book won't deliver.

Perhaps a better title would be DO WHAT YOU LOVE, THE MONEY WON'T MATTER. That would set a reader's expectations more in line with the book's message. The cases in the book were not monetarily successful. However, they show that if you follow your heart, the money won't matter. The things that money can buy when working a soulless career, such as vacations, clothes, cars, and so on lose their appeal as a reward, because what you DO is the reward. You no longer need what money can buy because you have what money can't buy: love.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Philip Battaglia on June 5, 2000
Format: Kindle Edition
A few years ago I was in a working situation, whereby I lacked congruence. At the time personal congruence - i.e. mind, body, spirit enthusiastically moving toward the right fitting goal - meant nothing to me. I just thought I lacked success. Working hard showed no reward. Somewhere I got this book. At first, I found the beginning a bit lukewarm, however, when I began to highlight later quotes,I soon realized that this Sinetar gal was onto some hot liberating insights. I gathered no reward from my hard work, because I was working hard in the wrong livelihood- not using my innate talents and momentum. As Americans we blindly accept the creed of the work ethic. Working smarter is a better creed. As someone said,"If hard work makes wealth andhappiness, than ditch diggers should be happy millionaires." Doing what you love gets youworking eagerly and joyfully. People see me now in my propercareer and always comment on my high energy level.I'm complimented for "working hard." It's more like I'm having a ball. The book helped.
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95 of 108 people found the following review helpful By rampageous_cuss VINE VOICE on July 27, 1999
Format: Kindle Edition
Anybody who recalls Joseph Campbell telling Bill Moyers "follow your bliss" has the gist of this self-help book. Sinetar throws in a few exercises for figuring WHAT you really love, but the basic idea is that old, old observation that you are likelier to be successful if you are working in a field you care about than if you are just punching a timecard.
'Likelier to be' is not, however, a word that comes easily to Sinetar and some folks will find the blind optimism of 'The Money Will Follow' a bit hard to swallow. Needless to say 'Trust in Allah but tie up your camel' is an adage always to be borne in mind when following this sort of advice, and everyone knows people who've done what they've loved and the money never appeared, let alone followed. It's to challenge this kind of pessimism that Sinetar has written her book, and she makes an engaging cheerleader.
There are lots of similar works and personally I think Napoleon Hill presents a better case, but Sinetar is a bit more up to date. Worth reading as an adjunct to other job-search books (like 'What Color is My Parachute'.)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Elephant admirer on November 20, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
The title of this book could be "Why Some People Do What They Love And Others Don't." It's not a guide to actually moving towards the state of bliss she describes, it's just a kind of descriptive summary of the fact that there are two kinds of people, those with high self-esteem, who, unsurprisingly, live really great lives including ones with careers that are rewarding and satisfying, and those with low self-esteem, who are afraid to take risks and pursue their dreams. Thank you, but isn't that already evident? And she doesn't explain what to do about that. If you read the book with low self-esteem, this isn't going to help you become someone with high self-esteem, nor will it help you find the career of your dreams. Her subtitle "Discovering Your Right Livelihood" is also inappropriate because she doesn't have any exercises or tips or advice. Most of the book is anecdotal: people she has talked to who have changed their lives by changing their careers. But she still doesn't tell readers how to do that. It's ok to skim through the book and take what you like, sort of like "Chicken Soup for the Soul" if you're looking for inspiration as to WHY doing this is good for you; but it's no how-to guide nor even a psychology or spiritual affirmation book to comfort or help stimulate you.
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