48 Days to the Work You Love: A Book Review
48 Days to the Work You Love is one of those books that you can read and use again and again. I have read a lot of different leadership or motivational books and this one is by far my favorite. When I stumbled across this book on Amazon and read the reviews I was pretty skeptical but I felt really trapped by my current position so I decided to give this book a try.
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Why I loved the book:
- It was Actionable This book did not give you vague ideas on how you can get where you want to go. It gave you specific ways to attain your goals. It gives you a concrete strategy to get the job you want or start a new business of your own. Mr. Miller does not claim it will be easy, and in fact I am sure it won’t, but he does give you a clear path to get where you want to go
- It Doesn’t Exaggerate Many of the books I have read about jobs, leadership and the like sometimes read more like fantasy books. They give you the idea that if you just improve your leadership skills the job offers will coming flowing in. In today’s business world this is a gross exaggeration, yes your leadership skills are important, but you will still have to be motivated enough to go out and chase down those jobs you want and you may have to get additional training to do so. 48 Days to the Work You Love does tell you that you can get where you want to go, but it is focused advice with real expectations.
- It is Encouraging Most books in this genre of books are encouraging, that is what they are meant to do, but this book made me feel like attaining my big goals were possible. Dan Miller also has a website with podcasts and a newsletter that continues to provide you encouragement and give you ideas after you finish the book. It is kinda like having your own personal life coach. If you would like to check out Dan’s website click here.
- It Focuses on YOU This book is not about making you a CEO, an Entrepreneur or a world leader. This book is about figuring out what is best for YOU. It encourages you to seek the things you are good at, to find what works for you. It does not worry about what the world, your parents or spouse think you should do. It focuses on discovering YOUR God given talents and using them to put you into a job that you love.
I felt really trapped in my previous job and this book helped me focus and create a plan. When I talked to my husband about my plan he was scared. Honestly, I was scared. Leaving a management position at a fortune 250 company is pretty scary. I still had bills to pay and while he makes a good income, things would get really tight for us if we didn’t have my income as well. So we did what any good couple would, we talked about it, we went over my plan and we came up with something that would work for both of us.
I gave myself a date, I spoke with my supervisors and I was off to work on my plan. I ended up staying with my company but transferring back to my old job. This gave me a lot more time off to work on the things I need to do and gave me a secure income while I do it. For me the goal is authorship, so that means spending most of my free time writing or researching my novel. It also means learning about tax law, the different types of publishing and how to find an agent. The hours are long, but I am so much happier pursuing something that I find enjoyable (and hopefully profitable).
If you are in a situation where you hate your job, or feel like you are working a job that doesn’t fit you, I encourage you to check out Dan Miller’s book and website.