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48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal Paperback – May 15, 2010
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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 is the author of 48 Days to the Work You Love and No More Mondays and also writes often for CBN.com and Crosswalk.com as well as In Touch, AARP, and Success magazines. He and his wife, Joanne, live in Franklin, Tennessee.
Top Customer Reviews
Miller destroys the myth that work sucks, everybody hates their job and everyone is looking forward to retirement. That was the way I was raised. It was the way my parents were raised, my grandparents, we can go on and on. Reading the book helped me understand my feelings better. Then it went beyond that. He does give you guidance on how to go about doing what you love.
I have to disagree with the gentleman who gave the book a 1 star because he "couldn't quit his 6 figure job because...." and Dan Miller doesn't give him a solution. Its not really his job to help you figure out how to make as much money and pay off your debt. Its really his job to help you realize what you really want to do and how to go about getting that job. He gives a great example of the ER doctor who wanted to drive trucks. I'm betting he had as much debt and made as much money as the attorney. The ER doctor doesn't quit his job completely and throw away all of his schooling, he worked part time on the weekends in the ER, when he wanted to and spent his week days happily driving a truck.
It really comes down to what do you want to accomplish and what are the steps necessary to do that and this book meets that criteria. So you can spend the rest of your life talking about what you can't do or you can change course and realize what you want to do.
But I was a miserable employee of an IT company for a few years. I used the methods in this book to land a better gig, and then transition into fully working for myself doing something that better aligns with who I am.
This book is more of a workbook than a lecture. But it totally works, step by step. I actually received 8 interviews in a week after using the principles in this book to perform my job search. I had my pick of the litter :)
But beware - If you follow the steps in this book, do the work, and change your thinking, you'll likely change your life. And some people just aren't good with change.
But if "the work you love" is nontraditional--freelance work or self-employment--look elsewhere. Despite the author's admission that "the new normal" includes more such work, the job-hunting sections assume that "work" means a place on a corporate payroll. There are only two chapters about self-employment. The first spends a lot of time convincing you it can be done--but doesn't give details about how. The other offers a bunch of anecdotes, but no tactics for starting a business or advice for freelancers.
The sections on self-discovery -- figuring out who you are and what kind of work might be "the work you love" are also pretty flimsy. So look elsewhere if you're trying to discover what work is a good fit for you.
Some parts of this book are quite inspirational, but ultimately I can't recommend it. In addition to scattered typos ("tot" instead of "to" -- in all-caps, no less -- an r missing from "unfotunately"), there's a clear lack of proofreading and fact-checking. The average time Americans spend in a job is variously given as 2.2 years and 3.2 years. One of them may be right, but which?
Most troubling to me is the repetition of the myth that claims Sir Ernest Shackleton placed a terse classified ad to recruit a South Pole expedition crew. It only takes a Google to learn that this anecdote is unsubstantiated, despite the best efforts of members of The Antarctic Circle organization to prove it. [...] Miller's inclusion of this misinformation leads me to wonder what else in the book may be incorrect.
Dan was definitely a part of the success my family had of paying off over $150k worth of debt and cash flowing over $30k worth of medical in 3 years.
I recommend Dan's book to anyone who is looking to gain the employment they desire.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very helpful in narrowing the focus of what you enjoy and practical steps to make your new career happen. I highly recommend it.Published 5 days ago by Shannon Smith
Great book, easy read. I highly recommend journaling with it and answering all of the questions.Published 10 days ago by Crystal Barnes
Great read on tips to get yourself organized when looking for your dream jobPublished 2 months ago by John W. Mohler
Super good advice! Still working the program, but a great read. Would recommend to any high school senior.Published 3 months ago by Ryan