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48 Days to the Work You Love

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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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by B Books (first published July 1996)
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Shan
Jan 22, 2008 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
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Farnoosh Brock
Apr 13, 2013 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
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Ami
Jan 23, 2009 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
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Jordan Price
Nov 01, 2009 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
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Helen
Dec 22, 2010 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
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Chuck
Aug 20, 2013 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
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Amy
The thing is, I agree with Dan Miller on just about everything. I'm just annoyed by the way he says it. Maybe back in 1996 or whenever this was published the stories represented something new and innovative. Today it all sounds stale and overused. His mantras and end of chapter questions came across more used car-salesmen than I think is intended.
I'm sure this is a useful book and maybe I'm just reading it at the wrong "stage" of my life. I've known what I wanted to do since I was 6. But still,
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Kendall
Mar 17, 2011 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 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. ...more
Jen
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
Right, so I gave up on page 117, which I don't know how to show in the new Goodreads format with the multiple reading thing. Arg for changes.

I gave up mostly because the friend who loaned this to me needed it back, but I also gave up because I just couldn't be bothered to finish this. While I appreciate his enthusiasm for the book, I’m afraid I don’t share and wasn’t all that bummed about having to return it without having finished it.

This came out in 2005--and it shows: “The workplace today is
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Chad Warner
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: Todd Conner, Pastor Dodds
Motivational and fairly practical career advice, backed by the author's coaching experience and Christian perspective. The book's goal is to help you create an action plan for finding or creating work that's meaningful, fulfilling, and profitable, based on how God has uniquely gifted you in 1) skills and abilities, 2) personality tendencies, and 3) values, dreams, and passion. Instead of a rational analysis or series of tests to define your abilities, it teaches you to pay attention to what God ...more
Carol
Jan 29, 2012 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,
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Derek Neighbors
Oct 22, 2011 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.
Christopher Rush
Dec 02, 2011 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
Matthew
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: business, self-help
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
Mar 07, 2012 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
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
Amy Sawyer
Jun 26, 2009 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
Trevor Acy
May 13, 2011 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
Daniel
Dec 02, 2011 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
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Jim
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-book, non-fiction
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.
David
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Insightful focus on your purpose, not just strengths and personality.
Goel
Aug 12, 2010 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.
Ann Gustafson
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great step by step guide to finding the work you love. Highly recommend it!!
Janna
Nov 28, 2012 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.
Zach Ellerbrook
Mar 13, 2009 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.
Kerry Ann
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Going this book extremely helpful when decided to make a career change.
Kimball
Good book. this helped me to understand that I need to be more decisive.

I didn't know there were so many 40 day periods in the Bible.

Prayer is being present with God.

Knowing your areas of competence gives you freedom and security. Not benefits, not the government etc. Security is your ability to produce.

When we die God won't ask us why we weren't like so and so he'll ask us why we won't be like ourselves. (Like how Forrest Go said "aren't I going to be me?")

The power of knowing yourself acts as
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April Teesdale
This book was very informative. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but it was surpassed. I wasn't expecting the wealth of information I received. This book talks about where you are right now, and most of the people who read this book either are in a job or career they are not happy with or are between jobs or are not working right now. It goes into detail how you can start doing what you love or be on the right track for it in 48 days.
https://www.48days.com/useful-resources/
On this sit
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Kyle Ormiston
I purchased this book on whim when a person at a conference I was attending said it changed his life. Two months later I lost my job and was hoping that this book would lead me to the work I love. There is one fundamental flaw with this book: it assumes that you already know your goals, dreams, and passions (to use Miller’s vernacular). For those of us who have drifted through life, being recruited from job to job based on our experience, connections, or resumes, it has little to help you identi ...more
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