About three years ago, after hearing Dave Ramsey talk about how wonderful Dan Miller’s book 48 Days to the Work You Love is if you are going through a job change or career crisis, I knew I had to read it. Problem was, I’m cheap and busy. I had a lot of books on my “to read” list, and didn’t want to pay full price (price vs. value is another discussion for later this month!).
Providence smiled on me one day at a local fire sale store…I found 48 Days for about $4. A perfectly good book recommended by a trusted adviser and outrageously cheap…I bought two!
What makes 48 Days so good is that it’s not just another resume and interview tips book. Dan spends the first half of the book forcing you to probe deep within yourself. What are your motivations? What are your dreams? What are your passions? Discover those things and realize that when you love what you do for a living it’s hardly work at all.
At Dan’s core is the mantra of finding how your “talents, skills and abilities match your values, dreams and passions”. He dissects the differences between a job, a career and a vocation. And he advocates a balanced approach in living your whole life, not just the time you spend working.
The second half of the book addresses the fundamental job hunting techniques…job searches, resumes, interviews, appearance, etc. But there are two distinctions to his approach. First, he’s already led you on a journey of self awareness, so you’re more comfortable and confident. Then he approaches these often mundane job hunting tasks in new and fresh ways. Ways that make you stand out to potential employers. Ways that get you interviews and job offers.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Dan and becoming a Certified 48 Days Facilitator. He is as real and as genuine as my father and has no pretense of celebrity. His family is just as real and only enhances my image of him. He’s coached me and answered my questions many times since, and I’m honored to call him a friend.
If you want to learn how to find the work that you love, or perhaps even start your own business, I cannot recommend anyone without first recommending Dan Miller. Read 48 Days to the Work You Love. Then read his follow-up text on self-employement, No More Mondays. Visit 48Days.com to signup for his newsletter and listen to his podcast. If you invest just a little time reading and listening to Dan and following his advice, your perspective on work and life will be forever changed!
Have you read the book or had any experience with Dan Miller? Post a comment and let me know what you think!
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