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Full of practical insights and actionable research findings, Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work guides readers–in all kinds of jobs–through a thoughtful and research-based path to transform their relationship with work. Dik and Duffy have powerfully captured the dynamics of meaning in work in ways that underscore the importance of meaningful work in any job.” —Amy Wrzesniewski, associate professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

About the Author

Bryan Dik, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Colorado State University and cofounder and chief science officer of Career Analytics Network/jobZology. His research is primarily in the area of career development, especially perceptions of work as a calling; meaning, purpose, religion and spirituality in career decision-making and planning; measurement of vocational interests; and career development interventions. He serves on the editorial boards of six research journals, including Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Journal of Career Assessment. He is recipient of the 2010 Early Career Professional Award from the Society for Vocational Psychology, and is coeditor of two other books: Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality and Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace.

Ryan D. Duffy, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Florida. Ryan’s research is primarily in the areas of vocational psychology and positive psychology. Topics he has studied include calling, job satisfaction, well-being, work volition, work values, and the interface of spirituality and work. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Career Assessment and Journal of Counseling Psychology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Templeton Press; Reprint edition (September 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599474468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599474465
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent read and very informative. I picked this up based on a friend's recommendation, but I had to write a review because I think the concepts are so powerful. These authors are clearly onto something when it comes to improving your life at work. They offer practical strategies, and as I read this book, I could think of specific people I work with who seem to be using these strategies to great success. It's just that I never understood why before reading this book. The book doesn't shy away from the spiritual element of a word like "calling," and it gets into some interesting research that demonstrates how people who find and follow a call can be happier at work (and outside of work as well), even if the job they have isn't perfect. I think there's something in this book for everyone. I'm very happy in my job, but I still loved the book. I think it would be a particularly helpful book for someone who is thinking about a career change or shift, or even someone looking for fulfillment in retirement, because the book discusses ways to pursue a calling outside of work as well. I see this book as one that could gain traction in the business community as well, because satisfied workers are productive workers, and this book definitely provides a formula for understanding and achieving job satisfaction.

I recommend this book and look forward to more from these authors.
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Excellent! Well-researched, clear, theoretically and theologically-based while also offering pragmatism. The authors also do a good job of taking a realistic approach and not simply idealizing calling, purpose, and meaning.

Dr. Tracy Brower, author of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations
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Make Your Job a Calling is well-written, thoughtful, scientifically informed, and inspiring.

The book draws on "centuries of wisdom... from theologians and philosophers, but it is built on contemporary theory, a rapidly growing body of scientific research," and the writers' experiences as vocational psychologists. As a psychologist myself, I believe this book presents a meaningful contribution to the field. I hope it reaches the hands and minds of many. It includes a historical perspective on the meaning of work in our lives, a precise definition of the term "calling" and research on the benefits for people who perceive their work to be a calling, and points to ponder along with writing exercises to help the reader make personal use of the material presented.

We all face times when we feel a bit lackluster about the demands of life at work. This book will facilitate a return to enthusiasm, or perhaps for some even spark a sense of meaning and purpose for the first time. For those fortunate enough to already feel that their job makes use of their individual gifts, contributes to the good of the world around them, and lends personal satisfaction, this book will give you a deeper sense of that experience.

Whether you seek a strengthening of your current perspective that your work is a calling, need a boost in the level of meaning you draw from your work, are trying to decide on a career path, seek spiritual guidance to enhance the way your view your job/career, or want a secular perspective on vocational pursuits, this book is well worth the read. I plan to share this book with many of my family members, friends, and clients!
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One of the most important books on the market today for all people looking to identify their goals, needs and wants for a happier work/life balance. Dr. Bryan Dik is the gold star standard in delivering world class class, civility and kindness!
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I would give this a higher review if I were a Christian and if the theological message of the book were clearly noted on the cover. Had I noticed that this book was published by templeton press I wouldn't have purchased it. It is one thing to write from a Christian perspective, it is quite another to veil a book as being psychological in nature then immediately writing a piece of that is clearly promoting Christian spirituality. It would have been easy to clearly indicate this on the cover or at least by the quotes and reviews on the back, the fact that they say nothing about God or Christianity on either cover but systematically promote it in the pages is dishonest and intentionally misleading. I feel like they got my money by misrepresenting the nature of the book. Templeton foundation and templeton press are notorious for trying to bend science and psychology and to insinuate Christian theology within it to give their faith a sense of legitimacy. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't such an obvious propaganda ploy. Templeton if you guys were so confident in Christian doctrine why do you have to use such deception to try and wrap it in a science wrapper. Your beliefs should hold up on their own stop trying to ride the coat tails of actual empirical scientific scholarship. You get no extra credibility by shuffling your dogma within the pages of science and psychology. Only read this book if you already bought in to the Christian dogma or if you are a good critical thinker and can easily parse out the bs from the actual wisdom. Their is no need to invoke God to look at your work as a calling or take pride in your work. This book was a tremendous missed opportunity to discuss real human reasons for improving your perspective toward work. Thesis: how to turn you job into a calling, believe that you are doing gods will, they wasted a lot of paper. That is the whole point of the book.
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