No More Mondays: Fire Yourself-and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work
Join the revolution!
This book is a challenging read, not because of any difficult words or concepts, but because it challenges you to change your perspective on work. Ultimately, we are rewarded with the reality of a process within each of us to fulfill our God given calling (vocation). Dan Miller balances his own personal experiences with examples of others which hit home, no matter what your background. Crisis points occur within all our lives. Is there a right or wrong way, or is it simply a journey to discover our life long purpose on earth? In summary, Dan writes, Ã¢ÂÂWhile I certainly donÃ¢ÂÂt advocate confusing Ã¢ÂÂwho we areÃ¢ÂÂ with Ã¢ÂÂwhat we do,Ã¢ÂÂ I believe that our work can be our best gift to ourselves, our friends and family, our communitiesÃ¢ÂÂand the best expression of our purpose here on earth Ã¢ÂÂ¦ But as long as we view work as simply something we have to do to pay the bills, we keep ourselves from embracing our talents and gifts, from recognizing our visions, dreams, and passions.Ã¢ÂÂ There are nuggets throughout this book you wonÃ¢ÂÂt want to miss as it assists you to find true satisfaction in the work you do. I believe you will stop living for the weekend and start living for Mondays! Will you join the revolution? I did.
July 29, 2011
For a specific audience
The book started off really slow and even into the second chapter the author was telling me what the book was going to teach me or what I was going to learn from this book. Just show me already!
I was born in the late 1980Ã¢ÂÂs and feel like my generation is more likely to follow most of the guidelines in this book. This would be a great book for the baby boomer generation. They are very loyal and thus tend to stay with a job even if they hate it.
I donÃ¢ÂÂt think the economy is helping people be able to find their true calling. When you have a family, you have to be able to make ends meet. If this means that you have to work at Subway to pay the bills while you hunt for a job that you love, so be it. I also think this economy is a great excuse to start fresh. Go back to school and hone in on a talent that will lead you to your dream job. Like the book says, Ã¢ÂÂtake personal responsibilityÃ¢ÂÂ.
Overall, I donÃ¢ÂÂt think the book was for me. I would recommend it to someone in their 50Ã¢ÂÂs or 60Ã¢ÂÂs or to someone who lost their job in this economy.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
June 16, 2011
I recently had the opportunity to read No More Dreaded Mondays by Dan Miller through a service at WaterBrook-Multnomah calling "Blogging for Books" which offers people the chance to own copies of books in return for a review on their personal blog (good or bad).
I will admit I picked this booked based solely, at first, on its title. Because like it states on the very first page of its introduction, who hasn't dreaded a Monday before? And why, instead, do we look so forward to weekends? This book challenges that the reason is simply because many, if not most, are not doing what they love. They feel they could be doing more, and that their current position (literally and figuratively) isn't feeling the void inside that longs to be filled.
This book also states there are many reasons for this: we could simply just not know where to start, we could have circumstances in our life that we think are unclimbable (but never are) or we could simply be used to placing the blame on someone or something else, instead of going ahead and realizing your own personal responsibility for where you are.
This book is great, and it tell you exactly what you need to know, without mincing words. There are sections on everything from finding work that fits you and how to find what works for your skills and abilities specifically, to not waiting waiting for chance to come or expecting anything to happen to you, but getting out there and doing it, and using what you have instead of concentrating on what you don't (among many other things).
My favorite part of this book were the stories told randomly, throughout the book (even if some of them were a little "unrealistic to real life" like the one about the man who didn't graduate high school, had no education, but loved working on cars and now makes $l.2 millon because he "found his niche"). I also enjoyed the inspirational quotes. the back of the book also includes a resource section full of start up suggestions, things you need to know, and long list of websites to help get you started.
This book is for anyone, whether you're happy where you are and are just looking for an added spark in your life, or you want a complete transformation. I suggest anyone get this book, maybe it's not a "win all" for everyone, but its one of those that can't hurt to pick up and glance at.
May 2, 2011
Challenging the Status Quo
I had some mental barriers when I began reading this book, because I don't often read business books. Fortunately, the first chapter broke some of those. He doesnÃ¢ÂÂt promote a college education; he emphasizes determining what your passions and skills are and effectively using them to contribute to the marketplace. No need to be tied down to a 9-to-5 job sitting behind a computer, Ã¢ÂÂdreading Mondays,Ã¢ÂÂ when you could be doing something you love. He addresses common concerns like Ã¢ÂÂWonÃ¢ÂÂt I lower my income if I do that?Ã¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂThatÃ¢ÂÂs too uncertain for meÃ¢ÂÂ both directly and through examples. His examples arenÃ¢ÂÂt obscure ones either; he uses both everyday people he has interacted with as well as famous people, those we all recognize when we hear their names (like Thomas Edison).
Another great thing about the book is the format variety. He has small Ã¢ÂÂRevolutionary InsightÃ¢ÂÂ tidbits as well as quotes from a variety of people throughout the book. This breaks up the monotony; itÃ¢ÂÂs enjoyable to read because it is not simply 12 point Times New Roman text on every page.
I had several qualms throughout the book though. The book as a whole focused on Ã¢ÂÂyou.Ã¢ÂÂ What Ã¢ÂÂyouÃ¢ÂÂ can do, how Ã¢ÂÂyouÃ¢ÂÂ can succeed, steps Ã¢ÂÂyouÃ¢ÂÂ can take to break out of Ã¢ÂÂyourÃ¢ÂÂ mold. And this book is advertised as Christian? Yes, there are Christian cliches sprinkled throughout (Ã¢ÂÂAs a man thinketh in his heart, so is heÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂGod-givenÃ¢ÂÂ to name a couple), but the book it not what I consider overtly Christian. This bothered me. For example, in a sentence on page 74 talking about whether choosing not to have a victim, Ã¢ÂÂlife happens to meÃ¢ÂÂ mentality, Miller says, Ã¢ÂÂYouÃ¢ÂÂll know you are in the driverÃ¢ÂÂs seat.Ã¢ÂÂ Another example on page 98 where he talks about changing your perspective on the situation so you can see new opportunities, he says, Ã¢ÂÂI choose to believe that everyone is out to bring me happiness and help me reach my goals.Ã¢ÂÂ Whoa! A bit of egotism, selfishness, and just plain error in that sentence Ã¢ÂÂ man is sinful from birth, and no one is Ã¢ÂÂout to bring me happinessÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ each seeks his own (Rom. 3:10-12)!
So, while I have benefited from this book in many ways, from his perspective about what a Ã¢ÂÂjobÃ¢ÂÂ can look like to how to create a plan for developing a home business (as I begin to brainstorm about post-graduation home businesses and adoption fundraisers), I cannot recommend this book. ItÃ¢ÂÂs too fluffy and Ã¢ÂÂmeÃ¢ÂÂ centered. I suppose most business books are that way (though I wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt know; that would be my assumption), but if thatÃ¢ÂÂs the case, I guess I wonÃ¢ÂÂt be reading much of that genre. ItÃ¢ÂÂs not all about me or even about what I can accomplish for God. ItÃ¢ÂÂs about what HE chooses to accomplish through me Ã¢ÂÂ the glorification of Himself.
I received this book for free via WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The perspectives above (not quoted from the book) are entirely mine.
April 27, 2011