How To Find The Work You Love
"Boldt teaches you how to proactively take control of your career by setting
your feet in the direction you've always wanted to go. Life then becomes
a mission, not a burden; a contribution, not a cage of unmet dreams."
—Stephen R. Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
In today’s work environment, doing the work you love is the critical factor in personal fulfillment and economic success. In this book, Laurence Boldt helps you find the courage to begin the quest for your life’s work, leading you toward a breakthrough understanding of what you could and should do with your life.
"Provides a thoughtful context for reflecting on the deeper meaning and purpose of work."
- Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin,
authors of Your Money or Your Life
"This thin self-help manual provides an elegantly simple approach to defining what you want from life and work. Clear your mind to consider the author's provocative, introspective questions, and you will likely walk away with new insights and ideas to rebuild your career."
- Richard Leider, author of The Power of Purpose
"Boldt presents his formula for finding one's "calling," the work one is put on the earth to do. The author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living explains how to find a new and rewarding career, introducing simple job-hunting strategies that emphasize four key elements—Integrity, Service, Enjoyment, and Excellence. This book is terrific! Highly recommended!"
- Dr. Mary D. Bell, Success Coaching
If you're tired of taking career assessment tests and want a fresh perspective on discovering the life you were meant to do, pick up this book [How to Find the Work You Love.]
- Heather Mundell, Certified Professional Coach
"I love this book! It's short, concise and extremely thought provoking. Laurence Boldt has done a fantastic job of getting to the heart of the matter when it comes to career choices and finding a sense of vocation. So many of us wonder "what am I supposed to be doing with my life?". If that's you, pick up this book--it will start you on the track to figuring it out."
- Deirdre M. Dufour, VIP Coaching
"A Different Job Handbook: Finding the work you love is . . . is a process of opening yourself and beginning to pay attention to what you respond to with energy and enthusiasm." It is also a matter of connecting to a greater good, according to Boldt, author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, who assumes that the work you love will naturally benefit others . . . Boldt seems to think that most people expect to little, not too much, from their jobs. Through a series of shrewd "focusing questions" (What were you doing the last time you were so absorbed that you lost all track of time?)" he helps you build a profile not only of the work you want to do but who you really are. Inspiring."
"If you are committed to finding work you can love, Laurence Boldt’s book will provide a structure in which you can find the clarity you need. Like many others in the field, Boldt believes that the answers lie within us—and that we must find the space and courage to address the fundamental and challenging questions: "Who am I?" and "What am I here to do?"
"Getting clarity involves focusing on:
- Integrity: work that emerges from our own values, visions and intuition.
- Service: work that provides us the opportunity to give our gifts in a meaningful way.
- Enjoyment: work that is natural and fun.
- Excellence: work that inspires you to do your best.
"Buy the book, get some paper and a pen, and carve out some time to wrestle with the questions he poses! You'll come away many steps down the road to work you love."
- Working From The Heart, Inc.
"Falling Water's single best-seller for three straight years, How to Find the Work You Love is a remarkable guide that presents simple yet highly effective strategies to help you find the courage to start the search for a new career and to tap into your own best resources to discover what you really want and are really good at doing."
"How to Find the Work You Love is another great book by the author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, this, in contrast, little book is helpful for those in the passion search process who enjoy working with open ended questions."
- Centerpoint Resources,
"How to Find the Work You Love is a beautiful book by Laurence Boldt that focuses not on the mechanics of the traditional job search, but on understanding who you are, what you believe, what you feel is important—and taking this knowledge to discover creative, independent and fulfilling work. The book can help any reader to feel validated when that pesky bug in their ear says, 'There's gotta be something more from work than this. I am capable of more. I deserve more.' Indeed, we all do."
"One of the best available books on the subject: I have read dozens upon dozens of vocational guidance books over the last ten years (the latter ones out of curiosity, after having surveyed so much!) By this, I can say that How to Find the Work You Love is one of THE best vocational guidance books on the market today. You will not find one great magical answer with this book. However, such an ultimate Eureka experience is not the result of reading ANY career guide. But let's face it: there is a lot of nonsense out there. How to Find the Work You Love is a breath of grounded fresh air amidst the hocus-pocus career fantasias hitting the shelves over the last ten years. This book is inspirational to me; and also practical, well-organized and developed, and even somewhat CONCISE on top of it! IMHO, the best summary of sound exercises, commentaries, questions and advice are in this little book. One of the VERY few career guides I seriously recommend."
- Amazon.com Reviewer
"This book could change your life! Outstanding! This excellent book helps you clear away all the self-limiting thinking that's keeping you from finding your life's purpose. It will also help you discover your right livelihood through a series of insightful, though-provoking questions. You will love this book; it's fun to read, and VERY inspiring. It's far different from most any other self help book you have probably read before. Also, BE SURE you get the cassette version, too . . . listen to it in the car, while exercising, or anytime you need a great pep talk. This book gives you more than hope . . . it gives you a path and vision to achieve your purpose in life. Get it!!"
- A reader from Memphis, TN
"Truly Inspiring. This book helped me discover what I really want to be doing with my life . . . Boldt's inspirational prose motivated me to return to school and make a major career change, something I've been needing to do for a long time. He includes a lot of questions to help you clarify your decisions: What was I born to do? What is the best use of my life? What am I ready to dedicate myself to? By answering these questions, I found the knowledge and strength to change my life for the better. A concise little book that's worth reading and studying over and over again."
- Reviewer from Minneapolis, MN
"A great book for those interested in finding work love: I found this book to be a great help and a wonderful inspiration. It packs a powerful punch for such a small book. There are many useful quotes and nuggets of advice from the greats in history who decided to pursue what they love rather than stay in a 9-5 job that they hated. In our crazy, I want it now, fast paced, materialistic society where money seems to be the bottom line, many of us have forgotten that we all will be dead some day. What a waste of time it is to stay in a job you hate. The author of this book doesn't assume that finding work you love is going to be easy. I can't say that I had a revelation after reading this book (which I first read about a year ago and read again last week) It's not as if you immediately go and find the work you love after reading this book. What is valuable though, is the wonderful insight it gives you on the possibilities. This may be difficult for many who have been weaned on getting everything quickly. I advise you read it, then make up your own mind."
- A reviewer from Monserat
"Find Your Creative Passion: At 154 pages, this book is a short and an easy read. You can tell that the author is also a lecturer because the book seems like it makes a few basic points that could have been projected on a screen using PowerPoint slides. This book is not an intellectual analysis of data, but more like an inspirational pep talk.
"You are practically presented with an outline in each chapter, complete with bolded headings and sub-headings. This book is also filled with poignant quotes from notable people spanning the ages of history. This approach is appropriate and effective for this subject matter.
"The thesis of the book is simply find what taps into your creative passion in life and you will find the work you love. The book actually does give you a methodolgy to follow to uncover what at first seems to be an amorphous task. The "Focusing Questions" the author presents throughout the second half of the book is an opportunity for the reader to reflect and think about how this can make sense for him or her.
"The title of the book may be a little misleading. "Finding the work you love" is not referring to actually getting the job. The title is referring to finding within yourself what it is that you would love to do for your life's work.
"The audience for this book could be anyone from the high school or college graduate to the senior citizen. Anyone who is not sure what contribution they want to make for the rest of their lives might benefit from a bit of focused insight and reflection. Even if you are sure about what your life's work is, the book could still be valuable as a reinforcement that you are on the right path for you."
- David Heier,
"Short and Effective: For anyone whose ever tried to read "What Color is Your Parachute?" multiple times and has tossed it aside an equal number because it really didn't help, I recommend "How to Find the Work You Love."
"Instead of focusing on what color tie to wear or whether to send that follow up thank you card to your prospective employer, Laurence G. Boldt instead starts with the big questions and systematically focuses them down into simple, yet effective criteria to pursue the work you love. The first 2 chapters examine the paradigms and obstacles that get in the way of doing the work you love. The third chapter offers a basic formula for finding the work you love:
- Decide what you are looking for
- Decide to keep looking until you find it
- Decide when you have found it
"He then defines "it" with 4 simple criteria: Integrity, Service, Enjoyment, Excellence. The following chapters examine each in more detail, mixing in focusing questions here and there. The questions range from 'When you were a child, what did you most love to do?' to 'What is the purpose of your life?' to identifying ways you can earn a living doing what you love and identifying those in your life most/least supportive of your dreams.
'The epilogue briefly guides you on where to go, now that you've found work that you love. This is the best "job" book I've ever read. It never does get to what color tie to where, but I refer back to it again and again for that right-brain focus. If you are more of a left-brain type and prefer more concrete structure and less abstract questioning, I recommend "Zen and the Art of Making a Living" by the same author. It still has the abstract bits, but there are a lot more tools that help you develop specific career strategy and plannning."
- Amazon.com Reviewer