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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 3rd edition (June 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577314441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577314448
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published in 1984, and now reprinted in an anniversary edition, this book contains concepts as pertinent today as they were 20 years ago. The first chapter opens with the question, "Are you as happy on Monday morning as you are on Friday morning?" Anderson, a career counselor, believes that people who love their work will be. She sets out to help readers identify their passions and determine how those interests can translate into a career that pays the bills. More emotionally charged than most career books, this volume also delves into the meaning of personal history and childhood events, and carefully considers feelings, self-perception and motivation. Points are illustrated with detailed real-life stories of Anderson’s clients. It’s not all smooth sailing for the case study subjects, who experience "the normal anxiety and fear that are part of risk-taking" and have been hit by "the need for security that can draw us back into the familiar." To facilitate a realistic transition, Anderson’s thorough process goes beyond simply identifying what one wants to do and explains how to research, network and even strike out on one’s own in order to achieve a passion-worthy career.
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Do what you love for a living: that's the advice of a revised, updated edition which continues to advise people on how to patch passions with work goals. From networking and writing resumes to achieving the perfect career and personal match, this gives solid advice. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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The chapter on how to set goals that match your passion is especially helpful.
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Nancy Anderson doesn't just show you how to find a career you're passionate about she shows you how to find a life you're passionate about!
J. Renae
Nancy Anderson writes in a clear, direct style and her wisdom and humor come through in the book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Paynter on May 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was the foundation upon which I was able to change my life from that of an frustrated CEO to an independent business woman, wife, mother and friend. Nancy's process uncovered so many "ahh hahhhhh" moments that the dots connected themselves. I found myself breathing deeper, living lighter and seeing a brighter future. All of my relationships have improved -- including the one with myself! It has been three years since I started the my "Work With Passion" journey and my life is amazingly fulfilled. I thank Nancy and her guidance for showing me the way. I now recommend this book to all of my friends. An easy way to find a better life path.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Iantorno on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Nancy Anderson's unique book, Work with Passion, is unlike anything I've ever read. It's a one-of-a-kind, hands-on, practical approach to getting paid to do what comes naturally to you. This is not a job hunt book. It's about the process that takes you to knowing your life's work, what's enjoyable for you, the job or business that uses all of your talents and skills. Doing this work gives you deep personal satisfaction, and all the money you need.

Work with Passion is different from other career books because it connects the emotional and psychological intricacies of early family life to the subconscious blocks that inhibit personal and financial success. I discovered this connection six years ago after I worked through the exercises in the book. I am still amazed by the transformation and changes that have occurred and are still occurring in my life since then. The process was slow and often painful, but it led me to freedom from the past. I've learned that the journey should be enjoyed because that's how you come to know yourself and what you love. The hardest part was letting go of what's familiar and trusting in the unknown. It's been a struggle to dissolve the myth that work should be drudgery, but three years ago I moved to Madrid, Spain and created my own business doing what I love most, language and communication coaching. The journey and process are still unfolding, but thanks to the work Nancy's book encouraged me to do, I'm at a place in my life that I had only dreamt of when I was younger.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Renae on May 10, 2006
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Nancy Anderson doesn't just show you how to find a career you're passionate about she shows you how to find a life you're passionate about!

As I worked my way through my autobiography, and the other enlightening excercises in the book, I watched the hardened exterior of my old life crack and fall away, exposing the shine of a new life as bright as freshly polished silver.

I recommend this book to anyone who is tired of being and working the way others think they "should" and to those who are tired of making excuses for not doing the work they love and living the life they deserve.

Life is precious, live it now. This book will show you how.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2000
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I would give this book my highest recommendation. It was extremely interesting to work through and the size of it is not daunting whatsoever. It gives the reader a structure and a well-thought out process to work through to define what one's passion actually is - not an easy thing for many of us! In fact, it's a wonderful book to help you define yourself - especially if you have had life changes or feel stale and in need of a change.
It's rather hard to find the perfect job until you define what lights you up on every level. When you have worked through the process, it's amazing how opportunity presents itself in just the right way!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timathea Workman on January 10, 2000
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Nancy's book not only changed my life five years ago, but has continued to enrich my understanding of why I receive enjoyment out of certain activities, why I haven't enjoyed specific jobs, how to make wise choices about opportunites that present themselves to me, and how to continue to pursue my dream. I would not have found the courage to follow my passion without her guidance. This is an essential book. It is thought-provoking, professional, and helps you see yourself and your career from a perspective unlike any other. It helps you identify ways you are limiting yourself without even realizing it, and gives you tools to overcome these unnecessary obstacles. I have given out over two dozen as gifts, and every single person has experienced significant, life-changing help from it. I can't imagine anyone not being grateful to have a copy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ingenieur on May 6, 2006
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Centuries ago, Socrates had observed that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Nancy's structured approach of obtaining and having a meaningful career through passion takes this ancient advice of self-examination to a very practical level. The first two chapters of this book are probably the most challenging because the reader is guided to write his/her own autobiography. It was just for this fact alone I'd decided to buy this book and use it in my new career path re-adjustment. I could not ever imagine that having my abridged life story `spilled' over eighty or so pages, that I could see it quite differently; sort of a perspective shift - from a frog's perspective to bird's view. But as my intuition/curiosity stirred me toward this book, the results were forthcoming. I had found and reconfirmed myself as a "solo type" in a contrast to "the partnership type" and "the team type", as Nancy classifies the basic personal traits in chapter six. No wonder my business venture with a partner ended in a hostile split (short of a fist-fight), nor was it a big surprise for me to realize the motivation for my escape from a Communist country decades ago. Surely, every person is a complex being, but there are preferred and detrimental conditions for one's own existence. Learning about passionate activities and analyzing happy moments in one's life brings more understanding what is important; we tend to habitually focus on analyzing our miseries. In this regards, Nancy accomplished through her approach and her writing style a major feat, not found in other career/personal growth books.

I'd like to mention that I am fortunate that Nancy lives in the neighboring county, and that she still offers private sessions; one-on-one in person or by the phone.
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