How to Find a Job You Love

Forty-eight days is long enough to assess what you are passionate about, check out your options, devise a plan and act on it, Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary writes.

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Michelle Singletary, in her Washington Post/Bloomberg column, uses Dan Miller's book 48 Days to the Work You Love to discuss finding a job you are passionate about during a time of high unemployment. She says it takes vigilance and focus.

For the longest time, I've felt blessed to earn a living doing something I love -- helping people navigate their personal finance issues.

But it's because of my work that I meet a lot of people who don't like what they do. They complain and yet do little to change their situation. I made a promise to myself that if I ever stopped loving my work, I would quit my job. Of course, I made that promise when I was unmarried and childless, and when the unemployment rate wasn't hovering near double digits. I'm now in the camp of get a job before you leave a job, even if you're unhappy. (The exception is if your working conditions are causing serious psychological and or physical problems.)

Half of U.S. workers are unhappy on the job, according to Mercer, an outplacement and consulting firm. Its recent survey of 2,400 workers found that nearly one in three is seriously considering quitting. Another 21 percent aren't about to quit but are nonetheless discontented.

Read Michelle Singletary's entire column at the Washington Post/Bloomberg.

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