Today, our expert guest is Dan Miller, author of the New York Times bestselling book, “48 Days to the Work You Love.” He’s been a guest on CBS’ The Early Show, MSNBC’s Hardball, and Fox Business News with Dave Ramsay. His own weekly show is consistently ranked #1 in the Careers category on Apple Podcasts. He’s a frequent speaker at conferences and more than 140,000 people subscribe to his weekly newsletter. Everything Dan does aims to help people find or create the work that they love.
The message of 48 Days started at a low point in Dan’s life. He’s always been an entrepreneur, and during an economic downturn, he was put into a difficult position. He began teaching Sunday school classes to keep himself in service, surprising himself with how popular those classes became. He did not expect so many people to be unhappy with what they did for a living. In working himself out of a hole, he discovered that it was a near-universal need across industries.
If you’re in that place of not loving the work that you do, how do you start the process of 48 Days?
- Start from the inside. 85% of the process is looking inward, identifying your unique skills and abilities, your personality tendencies, your dreams and passions, and getting a clear focus on what’s special about you.
- Once you’ve identified those, you can start to focus on the application. What kind of work environment — whether it’s a job or a business you create — will integrate the things you now know about yourself?
Along with finding work that you love, you need to be aware of common career mistakes to avoid. Don’t get too comfortable with the status quo. People are constantly changing, growing you should allow your career to do the same.
The Biggest Helping: Today’s Most Important Takeaway
“It’s never too late to have a new beginning. I talk to 27-year-old attorneys who say, “I never should have done that, I made a mistake.” And they imply now they just have to coast into the grave when you’re not old enough to ask the right questions, yet. You’ve got tons of time to reevaluate, redirect, realign. And then, somebody who’s 65 who’s been forced into retirement says, “Well, now I’m confined to 30 years of sitting on the front porch drooling on myself.” A lot of people at that point have the first real understanding of their greatest gifts and can turn that into the most productive two or three decades of their life. It’s never too late to have a new beginning.”
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