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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577316940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316947
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I just heard the newly released statistics — fewer than one half of Americans are satisfied with their work. This book is a wise, practical, and valuable source of guidance and inspiration — for seeing more clearly, as well as for taking action.”
Marc Lesser, author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less

“Nancy Anderson brings us guidelines that inspire us to work on ourselves first, so that we can be strong and resilient enough to manifest the livelihood of our dreams and create a better world.”
Linda Bloom, coauthor of Secrets of Great Marriages

“A complete course from a master career consultant. People pay Nancy Anderson thousands of dollars for her caring insight into their lives and careers — and it’s worth every cent. She shows you how to create success in your own way, on your own terms.”
Marc Allen, author of Visionary Business

About the Author

Nancy Anderson, author of the bestselling Work with Passion, cofounded two career counseling firms and then established her private practice. She has hosted her own radio show in San Francisco, appeared on numerous television and radio programs, and spoken to civic, business, and professional organizations. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

More About the Author

Nancy Anderson is a career and life consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and the author of the perennial best selling career guide, "Work with Passion, How To Do What You Love For a Living" (New World Library, 1984, 20th anniversary edition, 2004). She was a Regents Scholar at the University of California, Riverside where she graduated magna cum laude with an interdisciplinary degree in English and Political Science.

Following graduation, Nancy co-founded two career consulting firms in San Francisco, and then established her own career consulting business. After publication of Work with Passion,Nancy continued to refine the intuitive, practical approach she uses to help her clients find the right niche in work.

Once clients have cleared away the obstacles to passion, such as fear of criticism, poverty, and self-doubt, many say, "But this [the right work] is so obvious, Nancy, why didn't I see it before?" Her answer is "the truth is always obvious once we see it."

For more information, visit Nancy's website: www.workwithpassion.com.

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So I will make necessary ajustment for happiness.
RUTH DAVIS
Her passion for her work shines through in the volumes of relevant research, the richness of her real-life client examples and the depth of her experience.
VisaVis
Work With Passion in Midlife and Beyond is a must read for everyone over the age of 40 (or approaching 40).
Elana Feinsmith

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Cahill on May 31, 2010
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I have just finished reading WORK WITH PASSION IN MIDLIFE AND BEYOND by Nancy Anderson. It is a fitting companion to the digital age. Like the Ethernet, it reaches far beyond the individual into the world arena and even beyond that. It is not just a self-help book spouting a to-do list necessary to get a job. It is a comprehensive (and entertaining) exploration of the universe of PURPOSE. It still presents a precise, well-thought-out, step-by-step process to discovery which will uncover skills, talents, and passions. And when these are fulfilled, they will lead to satisfaction and good for all.

One of the most delightful elements of the book is Nancy's humor ("which makes the medicine go down...")? "'...monkey see, monkey do' does not just apply to primates who live in trees." (pg. 47). "... he would sabotage success by procrastinating (ah, I see you know where this is going.") (pg. 61). Nancy smiles a lot: "I said, smiling..." (pg. 131 etc).

Running through the book like a fiber optic cable is the theme of encouragement - but counter-balanced with reality checks. Nancy warns the reader about those who would sabotage the reader because they are not willing to change themselves and want to prevent the reader from doing so. The blindsiding could come from the reader, too, says Nancy, like experiencing a feeling of guilt, which can interfere with progress.

The most forward-looking part of the book is the power of its spiritual dimension. From the quotes at the beginning of each chapter to statements like: "Trust the holiness of your heart's affections," the reader is encouraged to grow and experience the blessings that come from that growth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eve Y. Visconti on July 29, 2011
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Wouldn't it be great to be able to do what you're most passionate about in life and make enough money at it so that it could be your primary source of income? You might say, "It's impossible," or "It's too late now." Nancy Anderson would passionately disagree with you. She also makes her living saying so!

In 1984, Anderson wrote Work with Passion: How to Do What You Love for a Living. It was a bestseller. She started her own career counseling business, has hosted her own radio show, and has spoken to numerous professional groups. Clearly, her message strikes a chord with those who hear it.

With the first generation of Baby Boomers inching toward retirement, Nancy's message has taken on new meaning for those who are struggling with what to do with the rest of their lives. Should they retire? Can they afford to retire? If retirement isn't in the cards, what's next? Staying on the same job (if one's so lucky)? Changing careers? Scaling back? With all these burning questions coming up, Nancy Anderson's book is right on target. Maybe it's time to do a major reassessment of one's life. Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond: Reach Your Full Potential & Make the Money You Need is a great place to start.

Based upon the wisdom she has acquired over the years, and derived from the stories of her clients, Nancy Anderson has put forth a step-by-step process for moving into working with passion and making an adequate living doing so. At the heart of her message is in order to work with passion, self-knowledge is key.

This eight-chapter book starts with and features case studies throughout and builds upon those stories to provide her prescription for discovering one's unique passion and how to bring it into an adequate living.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elana Feinsmith on May 23, 2010
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Work With Passion in Midlife and Beyond is a must read for everyone over the age of 40 (or approaching 40). For only $15 you will get captivating career and life advice from page one. There are many things that make this book great.
1. It is written in an easy to read style with wisdom coming from contact with "real" clients. By reading about someone else's story it makes it easier to learn about oneself.
2. It shares information on human and career development I have never seen anywhere else. I had many "Wow!" moments.
3. The way it is written leads the reader to the perfect amount of introspection, which can lead to growth and change.
4. There are many great ideas to implement, like clearing out things you don't love from your life. I have been working on this a room, or part of a room at a time and feel great about it. It is so much better to spend money on a organizer if one needs the help to get organized. She even suggests you get the family involved and use the money for what you sell for a family treat. It is great that she is encouraging people to get rid of things which is counter culture to the focus on buying new things, and can save you money. She even suggests finding a buddy to work with if you can't hire someone to help organize or figure out your career.
5. Great references to other relevant literature and sources.
6. Every chapter is well thought out and I gained knowledge and insight from.
7. This book will help you identify what is stopping you from creating the fulfilling life you want to have, so you can Work With Passion in Midlife and Beyond.

I definitely recommend this book if you are looking to do what you love for a living and are over 40. It is worth much more than $15 in the hours of career and life counseling you will receive from it.
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