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48 Days to the Work You Love

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,194 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
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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Published January 1st 2007 by B&H Books (first published July 1996)
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Feb 06, 2008 Shan rated it liked it
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
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 13, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business-spirit
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
Jan 28, 2009 Ami rated it it was ok
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
Dec 22, 2010 Helen rated it really liked it
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
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
Jordan Price
Nov 01, 2009 Jordan Price rated it it was ok
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
Mar 17, 2011 Kendall rated it it was amazing
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 and started my own website ( 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.
Feb 25, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Aug 26, 2013 Chuck rated it really liked it
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
Derek Neighbors
Nov 24, 2012 Derek Neighbors rated it it was ok
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.
Charise Falk
Apr 07, 2016 Charise Falk rated it it was amazing
This was a great book for me as it came during a time of great career upheaval. I agree with the reviews that state that most of Dan Miller's career advice is for people applying for traditional corporate jobs. I sure as hell won't be sending an intro letter, resume, cover letter, a pushy follow up call to the manager, a demand for an interview, a thank you letter plus harassing phone calls every 4 days to my local bookstore that hasn't even posted a job opening, which would be a dream job for m ...more
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
Christopher Rush
Jan 16, 2012 Christopher Rush rated it it was ok
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
Feb 19, 2012 Matthew rated it liked it
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
Mar 07, 2012 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2011 Trevor Acy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2009 Amy Sawyer rated it liked it
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
Jun 19, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 12, 2011 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, my-book
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.
Apr 07, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
This book was eye opening. It actually prompted me to reevaluate what my 'calling' was. It's motivated me in a direction I hadn't even thought about before. The author is a Christian and will throw in Bible verses and examples but he is far from heavy handed with it, so for those of you who might be turned off by that, don't be. His words and stories and advice can definitely reach out and inspire all. He even has a website associated with this book so you can download worksheets and plans and o ...more
Susan Donoho
This book is a very nice approach to anyone needing to explore their life, who they are as a person and develop a career path that brings joy into their lives. It can be a frustrating process, though, so reframe this time into a positive one.

I have spent years in prayer, bible study, lisenting prayer, for God's direction in my life. When we find it - remember - there are people who will still oppose - when they view God's kingdom from their own self centered perspective instead of understanding
Lauren Sheil
Jul 05, 2014 Lauren Sheil rated it it was ok
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
Mar 10, 2013 Janna rated it really liked it
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.
Brent Soderstrum
Jun 23, 2016 Brent Soderstrum rated it it was amazing
A great book to get you to think out of the box. If you are unhappy with your job in anyway this book will get you motivated to make the effort to improve your situation. Lots of ideas that I am not sure I am comfortable with such as calling the potential employer after submitting your resume and being very persistent. Those methods do make you stand out from the crowd of other job applicants. Some good ideas for your resume, cover letter and interview.

I read this book after putting together a l
Mar 06, 2011 Goel rated it really liked it
good book. It helped prepare me for interviews and gave good ideas on resumes and how to look for a job.
Zach Ellerbrook
Mar 13, 2009 Zach Ellerbrook rated it really liked it
If you truly want control of your career instead of having your career control you, you'll read this book.
Ann Gustafson
Aug 04, 2013 Ann Gustafson rated it it was amazing
This is a great step by step guide to finding the work you love. Highly recommend it!!
Sep 29, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: business
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
Jan 13, 2013 Kerry Ann rated it really liked it
Going this book extremely helpful when decided to make a career change.
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“Next time you meet someone, try asking, “How are you making the world a better place?” rather than the normal, “What do you do?” 3 likes
“Better questions to ask regarding a career or job choice would be: What was I born to do? What would be my greatest contribution to others? What do I really love to do (and when I’m doing it, time just flies by)? What are the recurring themes that I find myself drawn to? How do I want to be remembered?” 3 likes
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