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48 Days to the Work You Love Paperback – January 1, 2007

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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 holds a master's degree in psychology and draws from his business experience to help others develop more focused, balanced, truly successful lives. Dan and his wife live in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805444793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805444797
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Did you know heart attacks increase by 33% on Monday mornings, more people die at 9am Monday than any other time of the week, and male suicides are highest on Sunday nights, just before the weekly grind? Dan Miller does, and impending death is just one of the reasons he wants you to find better work.

Dan Miller's 48 Days to the Work You Love provides a combination of the things you already know but need to hear again, and need to know but don't. This book will do more than help you strengthen old resolutions; it will teach you how to make meaningful changes in your career--and in the way you view work altogether.

First, Quit your Job

48 Days persuades the reader to leave the job that isn't working (no pun intended), and find something better. "Job Security" is no longer an excuse to stay where you are over-worked and underpaid. While in the early 80s the employment philosophy was work for a good company and they'll take care of you for life, today loyal workers are often (not fired but) "laid off", "downsized", "right-sized", "reorganized", reengineered", "put into the mobility pool", freed up to "pursue other opportunities", "uninstalled", and are often on the receiving end of "a cost containment exercise" (email other creative terms to Miller at work@48days.com). Why the change? Fifty years ago it took a lifetime for technology to make your job obsolete. Today it takes 4 or 5 years. Therefore, as Miller explains, "everyone lives on the edge of job obsolescence and the threshold of career opportunity"

Miller is so for you quitting your job that he writes, "You must develop a sense of what you can contribute that goes beyond 1 company or organization.
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Format: Hardcover
In reading this I was reminded of the old saying, "To thine own self be true." I first thought that this was a book on how to find a new and better job in 48 days.

Instead it's a book on self discovery. It's how to find, look at, and understand your own skills, abilities, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions.

Once you understand where you are and where you're coming from, you have the basis for making some decisions about where you want to go. Then you can use this knowledge to find a better job, to start a business or whatever.

Dan Miller then covers the fundamentals of finding the new job, or the new business. It's an interesting combination of a self-help and business advice.
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I listen to Dave Ramsey every day and read his books, I really think he's on the ball with his advice and helping people a lot. I can also understand why he advertises and endorses Dan Miller; Miller's heart is clearly in the right place and Im sure he's amazing as a one-on-one job counseler. But this book isn't anything special. I just got off the job hunt and I have to say that much of this advice can be found for free, on the internet, and is part of the whole college experience (which is about finding what you like to do and studying it in further detail). The book mainly says, "look and find out what you really want to do", "go find companies that do it", "let your enthusiasm show" and "negotiate shrewdly". Yes, this is all good advice, but its mostly common sense - you dont need to spend $20 to learn this advice.

So, you know, maybe Im too young and optimistic, but I really dont see the point or need for a book like this. Dave Ramsey, yes absolutely - everyone should listen to him. But Miller and his book - no, unless you go directly to him for job counseling. This book is much too general and non-commital to be of much use.
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Format: Paperback
Unfortunately I have to echo the other negative reviewers of this book. I, too, got it on the recommendation of Dave Ramsey and was sorely disappointed in the fluffery of it. There is only ONE reference in the ENTIRE BOOK as to what the "48 Days" are. He says God worked major changes in the lives of people in 40 days and he (Miller) gives you "8 extra days." Really? That's it? It seems that if you are going to call your book "48 Days to..." you'd better have a very clear plan for those 48 days.

And the questions at the end of each chapter have NOTHING to do with the chapter you just read! In fact, some questions are REPEATED at the end of multiple chapters. And what do you do with your answers? There is absolutely no direction.

As others have said, this seems to just be an overblown marketing tool to go to his website and buy everything else. I didn't learn anything new from this book. "What Color is Your Parachute?" is infinitely more helpful and well written.

To top it all off, tucked inside the pages of my copy was a fake $100 bill that says, "Bummed that this wasn't real?" with a link to a website that will "show you how to make it real." I'm sure Miller cut a deal with these folks to "advertise" in his books. Tacky and classless.

I'm returning my copy tomorrow.
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Having previously read Richard Nelson Bolles's classic What Color is Your Parachute, I was shocked at how much of the material in 48 Days to The Work You Love was a re-worded version of Parachute (first published commercially in 1972). In some sidebars Miller credits Bolles, but so much of the material (and format) is so dangerously close to plagarism that I intend to write a letter to the author and publisher asking for an explanation. This is especially galling since I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey and cannot believe that he is promoting this book unless he's never read Parachute.

The saddest part is that I actually like the original material Miller presents on "life goals", embracing change and work-life balance. Unfortunately, his presentation is so repetitious, disorganized and thinly developed that I didn't get much value from his ideas.

I'm particularly annoyed that there's no 48-day plan presented in the book! I'm not kidding. Apparently Dan Miller sells workbooks that include the arcane mysteries of "The Plan", but I only discovered this after reading the entire book! As it turns out, this "book" is more like a marketing pamphlet for Miller's "Plan workbooks"). Can you say "refund"?

The only way you could possibly be happy choosing this book over Bolles's Parachute would be if you think Miller's trite animal metaphors and seemingly random Bible quotes (perhaps monkeys typed them?) make up for this book's awful shortcomings. If you've never read What Color is Your Parachute this book will be helpful and insightful, but you would have been better off reading the original.
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