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48 Days to the Work You Love is not so much about finding a new job. It is more about learning who we are really called to be. According to the author, failing to make that fundamental discovery 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 leading career counselor M ...more
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Shan
Feb 06, 2008 Shan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Recent grads or people looking to make a drastic career change
Having heard so much about this book and being on the waiting list at the library for over a month to read it, I expected it to provide a profusion of insight and inspiration. I got both, but only in manageable bite-size pieces.

Had I read this in college when I thought I knew what I was doing, it would have had a greater impact on me. Now that I'm in my thirties and I know I don't know what I'm doing, any chance of epiphany was demoted to a mere ping of intrigue. Not that I didn't enjoy this boo
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Helen
Don’t be scared when I tell you I am a huge fan of Dave Ramsey. Really, you don’t have to be scared because this book review is only about a book he consistently recommends to callers on his radio show. Now, I’m not looking for a job as I am quite happy with the one I have, but I am intrigued by Ramsey’s consistently suggesting books to his callers and he pretty much always has a specific title matching each caller’s particular challenge. I wanted to check the quality and caliber of his suggesti ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Dan explores this question over and over: What if you were "allowed" to do what you most enjoyed every day?

Millionaires who love what they do and they certainly didn't start out as millionaires. They started out doing what they love to do. :) (That is my conclusion ;)).

"Few obstacles exist beyond those in our mind and even though not all change is positive growth but all growth requires change - change is predictable and inevitable, impersonal and relentless."
From the book.

The concepts are very
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Ami
I'm skimming this one. It's turned out to be really vague, which I first realized when I discovered that the book, while suggesting you take 48 days to work on it, is not actually broken down into 48 day sections. Nor does it give you many concrete ideas on *how* to find your vocation, just that you should.

It does have some good quotes, both scripture and secular (it's a heavily Christian-oriented book), which are comforting and inspiring. Also, some of the points he makes serve to reassure me
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Jordan Castillo Price
I'm a fan of Dan's podcast but I wasn't fond of the book. There were some generalities in the text that felt like filler to me. An example, about the way people act when dissatisfied with their job (p. 45) "I see women stop going to church, spend money they do not have, read romance novels rather than inspirational material, and snap at their kids when asked an innocent question."

I guess instead of this vague anecdotal stuff, I'd prefer some sort of fact, such as, "78% of people polled who exper
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Kristen Stieffel
It's just another job search manual.

This book will help you if you're looking for a traditional job. It contains advice on resume writing and job search tactics, and a thorough section on interviewing skills.

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 abo
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Dundee Library
Once upon a time not too many years ago, people would start a career that typically lasted until they retired, with few job changes. Nowadays, the statistics are that people will have roughly 16 jobs during the course of their working careers. How does one navigate the work force with so many changes and new jobs emerging while still putting one’s own talents and giftings into use? Miller encourages individuals to make measurable goals and life plans. He uses scriptures for some of his basis plu ...more
Carol
This book would be great for people who have no idea what they want to do with their lives, people who have no idea who they are, and people who don't know their strengths and weaknesses. It would also be good for people who want to start their own business.

Who it's not good for: people who already know what they want to do and need help breaking into a difficult job market. This is me. So needless to say I didn't find this book extremely helpful. I appreciated the resume tips, job hunting tips,
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Christopher Rush
To be fair, Dan Miller provides some good information and strategies for people who are looking for a job or wanting to transition to a better job sprinkled somewhat haphazardly throughout this verbose book. Sending a letter of intention, then a resume with a cover letter, and following up with a personal phone call is a better way to go about looking for a job than just sending out resumes or filling out electronic applications and waiting for the calls to come to you. Fair point. Unfortunately ...more
Matthew
An interesting book. You have to be in the right mood to use it.

The title of the book says "48 Days," but there are no specific tasks that are meant to be done each day. Rather, 48 days is a general timeframe during which the author expects you to make meaningful progress.

Each chapter starts with inspirational quotes, and I'll probably remember some of the quotes long after I forget what it is in the book. (Is that a good thing? Probably not.) In any case, it is good to read a book written from
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Anthony
Very easy to read book with a lot of valuable insight, especially the practical tools regarding job searches, i.e. resumes, introduction letter, etc. However, like some of the other reviewers have stated, it is oftentimes too general. It does not discuss HOW to find the work you love, but just that you SHOULD find it, which I found disappointing. Also, I paid for Dan Miller's personality assessment on his website one week ago, and was quite disappointed - for $28 you get a 29 page printout of yo ...more
Trevor Acy
48 Days is more workbook than just book which perfectly fits its purpose of allowing you to identify for yourself what it is you were meant to do. It is not about getting a better paying job but rather how to align your interests and skills with a vocational calling. After completing the 48 Days schedule I was left with a 28 page document full of questions and answers. I recommend sticking with the schedule since it allows time for reflection on that day's lesson but I'll be the first to tell yo ...more
Amy Sawyer
The book is not well written in the sense of being enjoyable to read and intellectually stimulating. It took me awhile to get over that, and actually I don't think I really did. BUT it had some really good information about finding a vocation that you have always wanted and for whatever reason haven't pursued. There are some good job hunting strategies, but mostly this book is a "pump you up" type of job-self-help book. I would recommend it just because when you are pursuing career options, this ...more
Chuck
This was a very good book. I liked it more than the remainder of this critique indicates.

I do have some criticisms though. I would have liked to have seen more practical substance. Miller's chapter on resumes was excellent and I liked the chapter on interviews. The appendices were great practical exercises.

I feel Miller spent to much time discussing whether I was an eagle or an owl or whether the spokes in my wheel of life where balanced. These were interesting, but the first five chapters coul
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Daniel
I've been working through this book for awhile, but that's because it has so much good material in it. Dan Miller knows how to help you delve into your passions and dreams and make them into a career you can enjoy.

Since being familiar with Dan Miller's work, I have recommended this book to many of my friends. It teaches you how to go about using direct methods to find a job that you will love. This is a required book for anyone who is tired of working at a J-O-B and who is ready to find work tha
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Ashley Teagle
I chose this book because I was looking for a Christian centered approach to my work life. I think Dan Miller offers a lot of great advice but I didn't feel like religion was as involved as much as I would have liked in this book.

Dan Miller is also a life coach, so there were lots of little shout outs to his website throughout the book, which I thought was distracting. The book also felt a little dated at times.

Overall, I think the advice given is still applicable, however. Miller suggests reade
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Kendall
I had owned this book for about a year before reading it. I don't even remember where I got it. But I will tell you, this book was one of the main reasons that I am no longer in a rut! As a direct result of reading this book, I applied for a job at About.com and started my own website (www.lifewellread.com). It encourages you to find the career path that you were meant to have based on your personality and individuality. It also just gives you hope for the future. Sometimes thats all we need.
Derek Neighbors
Way too preachy (from a Christianity stand point) which is disappointing as there is some really quality stuff in side. If you don't mind stuff that overtly laden with Christian view points this is definitely a good read. If you are in the job market and actively submitting resumes and/or interviewing this book is probably a must read. If you are not happy in your current job this is probably worth reading.
Jim
I read this a little while ago and saw it again while packing things up for a garage sale. A few years ago, I might have attempted to find and do something I love, but now, with the economy so shaky, I am just thankful that I have a job. This sort of self-discovery (self-indulgence) is better left to boom years. I suppose if I ever lose my job I could apply some of these, but the things I like to do don't pay well.
Lauren Sheil
Poorly titled.

You would think with a title like "48 Days to the Work You Love" the author would actually give you something like 40 or so steps to take in discovering your calling and setting out to make it happen. But no, this is just another run of the mill self-help, self-motivation book that leads down the same path as so many others like it and gives no discernible reason for it's title.

There is nothing new under the sun but if you are looking for a reaffirmation of what you probably alrea
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Janna
I thought this would be just a "how to" book. I guess the forward by Dave Ramsey should have given me a heads up. Will have to file this under inspirational.
Goel
good book. It helped prepare me for interviews and gave good ideas on resumes and how to look for a job.
Zach Ellerbrook
If you truly want control of your career instead of having your career control you, you'll read this book.
Ann Gustafson
This is a great step by step guide to finding the work you love. Highly recommend it!!
Karen
I'm not sure I completely grasped the distinction between the words "job", "vocation", and "calling", but I think I got the point anyway. I did appreciate his effort to fight the common Christian habit of casting every decision in an over spiritualized way. (As in: not making a decision because we're waiting on God to tell us EXACTLY what to do. See: Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung for more on this.) I hear Dave Ramsey recommend this book all the time. I'm not sure it's the panacea he seems t ...more
Kerry Ann
Going this book extremely helpful when decided to make a career change.
David
Insightful focus on your purpose, not just strengths and personality.
Zhi Han
This book begins with motivational material and then presents some very useful job-seeking tips. I feel it is less on the inspirational and more on the practical side.

I have the audiobook version. It is not very good quality for two reasons. One is Dan reads very fast in a pretty bland tone. It weakens the story. Second is that it needs edits, it contains a lot of lip noise. The whole audiobook sounds like Dan just rushed through the book in one take without a stop. I am sure the book was not w
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Lee
first of all, i'll confess i did not follow all of mr. miller's instructions. i tried. oh, i really did try. and i made it more than half way through successfully, but then i hit a wall and just got plain sick of this book. i had to put it down for 3 months before i could pick it up again.

now with that said, it's a decent book. it offers some genuinely helpful job hunting advice. i appreciate that. i feel better prepared for when my next resume update and job interview come along. however, what
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Paul Sidwell
Great book about helping you find, change, or create the work you are doing into something more meaningful. This book is based upon the belief that God has placed all of us here for a purpose, and in working within our greatest strengths and doing things that give us the most energy (instead of draining us), we will find the most fulfillment and success.

There are several things that need changing:
First, this edition is missing day 41. I had to search online for that day's activity. Found it pret
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