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Don't Keep Your Day Job: How to Turn Your Passion Into Your Career

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  669 ratings  ·  155 reviews
The pursuit of happiness is all about finding our purpose. We don't want to just go to work and build someone else's dream, we want to do our life's work. But how do we find out what we're supposed to contribute? What are those key ingredients that push those who succeed to launch their ideas high into the sky, while the rest of us remain stuck on the ground?

Don't Keep You
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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Dec 31, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc, non-fiction
I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that this is a business book, and not just intended to help navigate your practical realities with your other passions, but that’s me. For instance, I personally was distracted by the little picture of pointe shoes on the cover. Not just any pointe shoes but Gaynor Mindens, which are the shoes I currently wear! (Either they’re Gaynors or they’re just wrong – all pointe shoes have drawstrings that you tie at the top, except for Gaynors which you ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was delighted to receive a galley of Don't Keep Your Day Jon from #netgalley. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the book. Reading about others success in following their passions was inspiring to read, but the book doesn't motivate me. If the purpose was to read about how others have followed their passion was the goal, then the book succeeded. The book is unrealistic for the regular person. Following your passion is great, but we must be realistic while doing so. There is great advice in the boo ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Featured in the #1 spot in 2019 "Get Motivated" podcasts on Apple Podcasts • Nominated for a Webby Award for Best Business Podcast

From the creator of the #1 podcast "Don't Keep Your Day Job," an inspiring book about turning your passion into profit

The pur
Genevieve Trono
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't Keep Your Day Job appealed to me as someone who has turned my hobby of portrait photography into a career in a more unique way. I now worked a digital photo editor for other photographers which has allowed me to use the parts of photography I really enjoy without going the more traditional route of having my own portrait photography business.

Don't Keep Your Day Job really resonated with me in so many ways. The book was super engaging and read like a Jen Sincero book which, I personally, r
3.5 stars

it’s defiantly a motivating book in the sense that you get a huge amount of people that took their jump and actually managed to achieve what they set out to do and they share small snippets of that journey and how those could possibly help other also achieve their dreams.

what i found for almost all of them can be said in this:
- they had the opportunity and decided to go for it
- it took a lot of hard work
- a huge amount of luck and being at the right place at the right time for most
C. S.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Much more practical than I was expecting. Also, less "if you don't like what I have to say you're beige!"

I liked that there was a section on personal finances and further resources. While some of the profiles seemed both a bit too niche and a bit too aided by luck more than anything else, the overall settled, down-to-earth tone of the book read better than other "quit and follow your dreams" books I've read lately.

Definitely worth a read for anyone yearning for a life-change, if only for a dose
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Truth is hard to take sometimes. It's far easier to criticize others' work than it is to get in the arena & do the hard work of building your life into the life you choose & love. This book is full of truths. Some are really hard to deal with because they require us to do the tough work on ourselves, on our perspective, on our choices, on our passion(s).

Some of this book will delight & inspire you, and yet other parts will be a call to action in your own life. Some of it will give you stark con
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
I received an advance review copy through Netgalley; all opinions are my own and honest.

DNF @ 51%

There are some interesting ideas, a few of which are even original and insightful, but the bubbly writing honestly made me feel exhausted (maybe it reflects the podcast's style? I wouldn't know) and some of the "advice" was a little too out there for me:

After all, what you seek is seeking you.

So the writing isn't the best, and the anecdotes / examples were hard to take at face value when I could
Alicia Bayer
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't find this book as inspirational as I'd hoped. The people profiled pretty much gave up their lives 24/7 and went to extreme lengths for years in order to make a living in the fields they desired, but at such an extent that I guess I would prefer to keep my day job and just do my passion on the side if I needed to go to the same lengths. :) I actually found it more depressing than motivating. My own passions are writing and mothering (okay, along with a hundred other things), and I've man ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ng
There are a lot of self-help/ career advice books on the market, plus a constant stream of positive, inspirational web content on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. I have about 10 unread Muse emails right now, as a matter of fact. So a book would have to be really special to set itself apart. This book really does not.

The author tells you her story pretty much right off the bat, plus brings in some other successful people. Yet there's a bit of tone-deafness and maybe a lack of appre
Carey’s Reviews
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
3 Stars! This book is a little inspirational but also a bit depressing too! I liked all the inspirational stories of people that turned their passions into their career, but it also made me feel like I haven’t done my best in life since my dream career is still just that... a dream! If you’re looking for real guidance and steps to follow, this isn’t the book you want. Maybe it gets better though- I didn’t finish the whole book.
*I received this book to read and review at no charge from the publis
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read Elizabeth Gilbert's, 'Big Magic' and was content with creating for the sake of creating. I was disheartened on a deep level that I didn't want to admit that Gilbert's book popped my bubble dream of making my passion project into a career. Heller resurrected and made my dream bubble even bigger. I felt like this was a mixture of 'The Secret' and business advice. I've since followed Heller and social media and appreciate her free advice and tips for creating and building my dream career. ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

This book might say “ don’t keep your day job,” but it isn’t telling you to quit your current job. It suggests that you “try out” your new endeavor and when the time feels right to quit your day job. Do that. Don’t quit your job before you know if your idea is going to sell and make you money.

This is a very inspiring book based on a podcast series created by Cathy Heller. There are a few workbook questions to answer but not really enough to get any of us to bound forward in our purpose
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, since I’m in love with Cathy’s podcast, I expected to like her book, but I also thought it would likely be redundant for podcast listeners. I bought it as a thank you to Cathy and received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I’m still working through it, but so far I have been so pleasantly surprised! It’s definitely not a rehash of the same content from the show, but it enhances it so well! Reading it has felt like watching the pilot episode to a grand adventure where I’ ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the perfect time for me to read this book. Cathy's suggestions and words of encouragement are as realistic and they are practical. Fortunately, I can relate to many of the chapters, and Cathy's text is reassuring that my steps are correct and that I am doing them correctly. There are also several offerings as to what to do next. There is more to life than doing things you don't want to do for a job you do not like, and Cathy provides permission to get out and to get out now.

And it is al
Felicity Rose
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think this book was published under the wrong genre.

It says it will help your career/ how to manage/ build your dream job into reality ..

But it's more of an "Inspirational" book or Hope speech telling you you CAN have your dream job ..not HOW to..

So it wasn't helpful to me.
Jan 08, 2020 added it
I listened to this on audio- the best part is it really motivates you to start projects before they’re going to be perfect. If you need a good kick to make the beta version of your thing, definitely check this one out.
There’s a few weird chapters about like being afraid of money which is not a problem for me! I think money is just fine, just putting that into the universe!
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed reviews about this book. The first part of this book started with what I call the "Rah-Rah" section, which was focused on inspirational garbage on being your own boss. Nothing that was practical on the how to of doing it. Then Ms. Heller got down to the nitty gritty of the how to. Unfortunately, towards the end, she wandered back into the "Rah-Rah". Most people going into business for themselves already know they want to do it. The practicality of the how to navigate a side gig is w ...more
Andy J.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cathy Heller knows about career breakthrough. Anyone would be ultra blessed to have the kind of career breakthroughs she has strategically orchestrated for herself. But this book is about more than that. This book is a risky beautiful leap on Heller's part because it's her real heart and her real path and everything she really believes in. Although I'm often scared to boldly share my opinions on "walking your path" as Cathy does here, the ideas in this book really affirm so much of my experience ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was provided a free copy eARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was not familiar with the Don't Keep Your Day Job podcast prior to reading this book. I have listened to a few episodes since. Listeners of the podcast will be familiar with the tone and structure of each chapter. It is very similar to the way episodes are formatted. Heller uses a very conversational tone and often talks about her journey as a music writer, consultant, and motivator. Some of the information is r
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting, inspirational book for anyone who is trying to find their passion or feeling a little uninspired in their day to day life. I really enjoyed reading about how others built their success by finding their passion.

The author alternates between stories, inspiring quotes and short activities. This made the book interesting and impactful. I really enjoyed reading this book.

I received an ARC copy of this book and have provided my honest review.
Nicole H.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting. Very interesting. Unless its about archaic history or dead languages or mythology, I don't typically read nonfiction ... but I was drawn to this book for some reason and I'm ultimately glad that I took a chance on it. Now ... will I ow it in hardback? Paperback? Probably not. The ebook version will suffice because while I liked it, it wasn't mind-alteringly good and I'll probably never reread it.

That being said, I feel a little wiser and ready to make a move toward stabilizing my f
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cathy's podcast has been life-altering for me, so I was extremely eager to get my hands on this book. If you're a podcast listener, most of the concepts here will be familiar, but having everything laid out in an organized, easy-to-digest format like this is invaluable. I read DON'T KEEP YOUR DAY JOB in just a few days, but I know I'll be returning to it often for wisdom and inspiration. This should be required reading for anyone with a creative passion, whether or not you want to kick your day ...more
Shari Suarez
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cathy Heller is a songwriter and she has a podcast with the same name of the book. I was worried that this book would be another generic self-help book or geared more towards Millennials and Gen-Z. I was pleasantly surprised to find that neither was true.
This book will fire you up to find what you're passionate about and do something that you love. There are interviews with people from many different worlds as well as journal prompts at the end of each chapter that are very helpful.
Laura Samson
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This woman has changed my life in more ways than one. Started her podcasts in January and have listened almost every day since. I have gained confidence back within myself and have noticed a dramatic change in my overall outlook on life.
This book is no different except it’s more of a “guide” - something in black and white to refer back case you need a reminder that you have what it takes to kick ass- just forge forward!
Delanie Fischer
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cathy's wisdom and passion comes through in this book. She truly cares about helping people and she has brilliant ideas. Great read! ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
Full disclosure, while reading Don’t Keep Your Day Job, I was also reading another self-help book about unlocking creativity and potential. The second book was written by someone I adore and idolize and I found myself comparing the two often. That being said, my opinion on Don’t Keep Your Day Job may have changed slightly had I not been reading a similar book that I found much more entertaining. So I guess, take all of my feedback with a grain of salt…

Don’t Keep Your Day Job: How to Turn Your Pa
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Why this book: The publisher’s agent asked me if I’d read and review the book and I agreed. I’m glad I did. They sent me a copy and here is the my review!

Summary in 3 sentences: The author Cathy Heller hosts a well subscribed and highly regarded podcast of the same title as this book, and the book is a compilation of much of the wisdom from her own life and from her interviews with her many guests on how to create a profession out of a hobby or extracurricular passion. She encourages her reader
Ricky Johnson
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a regular listener of Cathy Heller's Don't Keep Your Day Job podcast over the past two years. The desire to quit my day job and satisfy my entrepreneurial spirit has been in me for a very long time. Unfortunately, I've had a lot of self doubt, which has kept me from diving in completely...that is, until now! This book is the final piece of the puzzle and has given me the confidence to push harder than ever to turn my passion into a career. The book is very motivational and helped me ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Here is my upfront disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review of its contents. (I also pre-ordered several copies to give as gifts – not free).

Don't Keep Your Day Job is an inspirational, encouraging, and, most importantly, actionable, guide on how to build the life you want by not only pursuing, but monetizing, your passion.

This book addresses the common problems of: not knowing what your passion is; impostor syndrome (not feeling like you're qualified); perfect
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