In 2009, the U.S. unemployment rate approached ten percent. Today, when new work is found, it may not be traditional. Studies estimate half of the American workforce will soon consist of freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, entrepreneurs, "electronic immigrants", and so forth.
Are you ready for the new normal? Dan Miller has seen it coming for years. But his thriving vocational best seller, 48 Days to the Work You Love, is not so much about finding a new job as it is learning about who we are really called to be in relation to our vocation - whatever shape that career may take in these changing times.
According to the author, failing to make that fundamental discovery of calling is why so many people find themselves in jobs they hate. But now, thousands upon thousands are finding the work they love, thanks to practical advice from this leading career counselor.
Conversational and creative, Miller helps the reader understand one's God-given skills and abilities, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions. Doing so helps us recognize clear patterns that will point toward successful decisions along the career path. Step by step, this updated edition of 48 Days to the Work You Love reveals the process for creating a Life Plan and translating that plan into meaningful and fulfilling daily work. Let the countdown begin!
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I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I like them.
I found this book to be very helpful, I tend to be at a job for about a year and then I get discouraged by something or someone. I start to look around for some other job, I mean there must be something better out there right? I find a job that promises better pay, better benefits, whatever.
A year later, I'm out looking again.
This book asks great questions about what you like to do, and in different ways than the typical-
"What would you do if you didn't have to go to work?"
kind of questions. So there I was, at my workstation, trying to figure out what i wanted to do with my life. and i looked back on my little scrap of paper and realized-
I am DOING work that I love.
Now, it might not be this job but Mr. Miller makes a great point in separating job, career, and vocation.
He gives great information on how to decide what you enjoy doing, and then how to find a way to
Whether it is to start your own business, start several "side jobs", or how to land the job at the company that you really want to work for.
Couple this book with
by Jon Acuff
by Dave Ramsey
I listened to the entire book. I thought about moving on and not finishing the book, but I wanted to give it a fair listen. It's okay material. Nothing earth shattering. TONS of lists...almost too many and there is no way to remember all of the lists he presents. I am not in the place that most of this book focuses on, but there were some universal principles that I was able to get out of it and apply. If you're looking for a new job, this book is for you. If you're like me, and already love the work you do, this may disappoint you.
The narration was rather bland.
I don't feel like my time was wasted, but I won't listen to it again.
I might try another book by Dan Miller but his reading of 48 Days was very bad. It sounded like he had a throat lozenge in his mouth most of the book and you have to listen through constant swallowing noises.
Once I was done with 48 Days I felt like I had gotten a bit of a pep talk for my new job search (which was good) but I also felt like a lot of the suggestions in the book were outdated information. These days companies funnel you into their online application system and don't seem to leave you other options for getting a foot in the door but Dan categorically throws out online application systems and tells you that you'll never get a job using them.
The sounds of excess saliva in his mouth and constant swallowing noises.
Someone looking to change career paths.
I have listened to authors who deal with similar subjects, self-development and productivity. Personally, I felt the material had a decent base in motivation and productivity ideas, along with ways to encourage growth. However, as a non-religious atheist, I found there was a bit too much God talk, personally. This obviously will depend on the reader/listener, and I do not have anything against that style in general, however if the reader is not of an Abrahamic faith, 3 hours or so of this audiobook could get a little tedious. By hour 4, I had mostly stopped paying attention. The end of the book, concerned with more practical details, got a bit of my attention back.
Disappointing is the incorrect word. It was fine but the theme of his story was obscured by the reliance of determining what "God's plan" for the reader is.
Other reviewers have mentioned this:
His reading was actually pretty decent. I loved David Allen and Stephen Covey reading their books. Miller is close to them but I'm pretty sure he had a sore throat at the end. You can hear something in his mouth, probably a lozenge.
It provided a little motivation, weighed down by a bit too much theology for my tastes. However, for others it will likely re-ignite fires and such.
Don't just spit out questions without working through the answers. 48 days? God worked changes in 40 days and we get 8 extra days. For what and why? No plan whatsoever. Strip out all the bible references and get to the point!
Something written by an atheist.
Maybe by letting someone else read the book.
It might have had some points but I couldn't sift them out.
I was looking forward to listening to this audio book. I'm a Dave Ramsey fan, but quite honestly I have never really enjoyed religion thrown in my face. I am a faithful person, but that is a personal thing. This book starts out with the premise of helping you find your way to the job you love, but I cannot sit through someone quoting scripture repeatedly and bible passages. I was looking for a self help book, not a lesson in the Bible. These topics should be mutually exclusive. This book is fine if you don't mind a lot of religious themes.
Less religion, more substance.
This is a book I will be listening to often
Dan gives examples of his information to make the point better.
This helps remember lessons taught by my grandparents.
Yes, I will be listening to 48 Days to the Work You Love again. Dan Miller presents sound advice on how to match your talents with your career choice. He also offers plans for resume building and job seeking.
"At last a book on Jobs that doesn't start Steve !"
Firstly I do have to start with a word of caution. Dan continually references the bible throughout this book and offers a strong Christian perspective. I would urge the listener not to be put off by this as the principals he discusses are in any event great principals, whatever your religious persuasion or otherwise. For the most part this is fine although once or twice it does border a bit on a sermon (complete with a bit of a dig at Tom Cruise/ Nicole Kidman!) . The book is also largely written from an American perspective. OK, so now the reasons as to why this warrants 5 stars. 1/ Dan reads very well, he has a very soothing, down-to-earth and yet also very passionate voice- he's a joy to listen to. 2/ Not many people have written about this subject and yet it is a very important subject that affects everyone on the globe to some capacity 3/ Dan turned his life around and is open and honest about what happened and what he gained from this experience 4/ there is a lot of sage advice here based on experience.
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