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Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow

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Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow
Paperback, 213 pages
Published March 4th 1989 by DTP
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I've owned this book for years, have recommended it to many, and have NEVER read it.

I just finished and I think I may start again tonight, I liked it that much.

I think the strongest impression it left me with is the notion that yeah, being happy in your work is critical and attainable. It's not icing on cake....and being happy to 'just have a job' is not acceptable if you don't want it to be. Also, finding your true calling is noble and this 'vocational integration' can and is the root of much h
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Beneath all the deep psychobabble that doesn't actually tell you how to go about doing what you love or really how to figure out what you love in the first place there are a few nuggets of insight and wisdom but they are unfortunately too few and far between to be worth much.
Jerrine Regester
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
I plucked this book off my bookshelf when needing a last minute read to take on a plane ride. This is not so much of a review as a highlight of a few of my favorite quotes and ideas. I see Marsha Sinetar has an updated version of this book (2011) but was curious to reread a book (1987) that meant something to me 25 years ago when I was trying to figure out my "right livelihood" and found myself drawn to Buddhism and the concept of "self-actualizing". I now use many of these concepts and ideas as ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
The idea and message of this book are great. I didn't find a whole lot of practical advice, personally. It was more of an inspirational read. And maybe that is my fault for thinking there would be practical advice. I also found it getting a lot into the psychology of why people do or do not pursue their passion. This might be the right book for some people, but for where I am at, I didn't find it very useful.
Elizabeth Lund
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is not a nuts-and-bolts book. It takes what I might call a "classic" psychological approach (more theoretical than research-based) to various psychological issues that may affect people's work (for instance, low self-esteem). The organization is pretty loose, and it never really answers the question of how the "money will follow." Great title and maybe the right book for some people, but not for me.
Jared Gillins
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-improvement
2.5 stars. First, the book probably could have been half as long.

Second, I didn't find a whole lot of practical, implementable information or advice in here. The author has a lot of ideas and philosophies about what an individual's right livelihood might be and how to go about finding it, but when it came down to figuring it out for myself and putting her philosophies and psychological analyses into something I could DO to move toward a better career, I was at a loss. There were some insightful
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, freelance
Открывал с опаской, т.к. подобных "рецептов быстрого обогащения для начинающих дауншифтеров" :)) сейчас превеликое множество. Но книга увлекла, и оказалась неожиданно глубокой!

Предупреждение №1: про "достаток" :) в книге практически нет ни слова! Это книга-тренинг - очень глубокая психологическая самопроработка с целью выявления своего истинного призвания. Это не столько про "работу", сколько про самореализацию, про выбор "образа/дела своей жизни". Книга очень грамотная с точки зрения психологи
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
I found this book inspirational when I first read it, I suggested to the owner of the Tattered Cover that they invite her as a speaker, which they did.

During that talk in Trinity Church main sanctuary Marsha said, "I try and answer my own phone calls, stay in touch with my readers. People are calling about this book and they are saying, 'Marsha, thanks for the book, it has changed my life. Now I'm doing what I love... but...'" (audience laughs, we all laughed because we were all thinking the sam
What a great book! You have to take your time reading through to soak up all of the thoughts and concepts presented. I found this book at an important time in my life. I was having spurts of depression because I was in a job that was restrictive and had no way of moving up.

While working through this book I was able to identify my values and goals and find the courage to step through my fears to find fulfilling work and a more positive mindset on what work is supposed to be.

So many times i see
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it offered keen insight on ways to think and plan for building a new career in something that truly inspires you. It was relatively short but filled with very relevant and diverse stories of people following this journey. And it offered very practical steps to take to pursue the path over time....not a do this and get rich type of approach. I expect I'll be journalling ideas from this book for sometime and I recommend it to those searching for what to do next!
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a good basic primer on aligning your dreams with reality & looking at vocation as more than just a forum to earn money. My Dad sent me a copy when I entered film school. It was probably the first time I really took a deeper look at what I spend my time doing, why, & how to create fulfillment & be financially abundant at the same time.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book had a few decent suggestions for introspective activities to help the reader get into the frame of mind to change but ultimately, at only 200 pages, the book could have been far shorter.
Briar Graovac
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
I would give 3.5 if I could. A friend of my mom's gave me this book, which was very kind. It's not the kind of book I'd normally read--I have learned to have a great deal of skepticism about anything vaguely self-help-ish--but despite containing all the blind spots of most self-help books, this was enjoyable, and I did scribble down some questions from it, so obviously I took away something. A lot of the advice seems very familiar to me, but fair enough, it has a solid basis in some contexts, an ...more
Jim Foreman
Feb 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I got as far as chapter 3. I found the author unrelatable. A lot a of writing with very little to no insight.
Maggie Duval
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
My mom gave me this book when it came out in 1989, and every 7 years or so, I re-read it. This is not a how-to, "life-coachy" book, it's more of a meta/40,000 foot/bigger perspective view of life and a philosophy of how to approach it. The life she espouses is where I find myself today.

This book, while about 200 pages, is not a quick read. I recommend it in small doses, allowing her words to percolate in your subconscious and sparking insight at unexpected, serendipitous times.

Thanks again, Mom!
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: one in need of a jump start or direction
Recommended to Teresa by: saw it; couldn't resist the title! :-)
When I was in graduate school the first time (back in the late 80's) I found this book while browsing the homemade shelves of a delightful "Mom and Pop" bookstore around the corner from my apartment. (Back in the day before B&N and mega-book stores and, yes, Amazon.)

It continues to find its way to my "to-read" book shelf for several reasons; as I have read and reread this book several times. Over the years, I periodically skim through it for its highlighted lines, dog-eared pages as well as
Diana Nagy
Excellent Excellent Excellent Read. Marsha Sinetar is a genius! This book was pub'd in the 80's and is so relevant to today. Not kidding. This book contained so much great information for me that I have nearly ever single page turned over the book is triple its size from all the dogeared pages. Don't skip out on this book....Even if you are already doing what you love (I am) it will help you love doing what you love furthermore! Try it out. Definitely one of my faves of the year!
This is a good book when you're trying to get the inspiration or courage to change. It's very spiritual and "pick me up" which is something everyone needs before they take action.

That said, this book won't really help you in developing a plan of action towards that goal. If you want that, try Barbara Sher
or Zig Ziglar or Tony Robbins.

Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who are bored!
Started out awesome. I really enjoyed this book through chapter 4, after that, it became cheap pyscho-babble. A lot of things I disagreed with and I got bored and quit reading.
Read at your own risk; but, the title should more aptly read, "Do the job you were truly meant to do and the universe will take care of you". This is NOT!!!!! a book on how to be wealthy.
Linda Atnip
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the time I read this, I was deeply inspired to follow the author's rules. Although I diligently applied them to my own life, my results never quite achieved the goals I had set. However, the information is on target and is very helpful in jump starting an individual when they feel stuck or at a crossroads in their life.
Laura Lynch
Oct 18, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is about discovering yourself and trying to determine a career path. Many of the examples were of people who stumbled upon their calling. The crux is self-analysis and believing in yourself once you have discovered your true interests. The author includes tips on banishing "shoulds", dealing with resistance and liberating yourself from an unfulfilling job.
Jennifer Robb
Apr 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I've had this book for a long time, and it appears I got it from a library used book sale. I'm sure the author has good points to make, but I didn't last through 3 chapters because her method seems based on Buddhist teaching (and this contradicts my personal worldview). I did find her own story, which she relates in the introduction inspiring.
Barry Davis
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting title and informative book, although more focused on the concept of self-expression in the world of work than on practical methods to achieve the results. The author’s point is well-taken, however, particularly in this age of vocational insecurity. Why not do what you love?
May 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book at a critical time of transition in my life. It gave me the perspective and the courage to pursue my dream of going back to grad school to become a therapist. I recommend to clients who are unhappy in their vocational life, and who are in career transition.
Candelaria Silva
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was one of the first self-help, personal empowerment books I ever read. While I don't think money will always come if you do what you love - I do know that one should include one's passion in one's life. The book makes some very useful points.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Immensely valuable.
Julie M
some great insights in chapter 8
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My mother bought this for me as I was completing college, and still didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up! It has led me to the path that I am now on. I would highly recommend this book!
Robert Cymbala
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
The beginning chapters of this book was great. The last two chapters I didn't find as helpful.
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