In Financial Peace University, Dave Ramsey says that your income is your most powerful wealth-building tool.
But you can’t build wealth if your income isn’t what it needs to be if it’s not supporting the needs of your family!
There are three books that will help you tremendously on the road to a new job. And they’re not your typical career books, either.
48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller
I met Dan at the two-day Coaching with Excellence event he held in September 2012 at his office outside of Franklin, Tennessee.
Dan started teaching the 48 Days material as a Sunday School class about 20 years ago. The response was so overwhelming that he quickly moved it to a weekly community seminar format. It was in those weekly sessions that he heard the real-life stories and developed this material that has now guided thousands of people into meaningful, purposeful, and profitable work, both in traditional employment and entrepreneurship.
48 Days to the Work You Love will help you to re-discover your most effective skills and talents, engage in day-to-day work that is well-suited for you, and share with others what it is you truly do best. You may find that you’re already in a work role that is best suited for you, or, if not, develop the skills to effectively move on to a new job. You may even start a new side venture or draft a plan for a new business.
This is not a typical career book, and it’s not just for the unemployed or underemployed. Dan takes time in the first several chapters to discuss foundational issues. He explains through the Bible why we work in the first place, and digs into personality traits and histories for clear alignment of vocation, career, and job/work.
Dan Miller promotes a holistic view of looking at life. As a Christian he clearly integrates his faith into his writing and teaching. This gives refreshing clarity that you won’t find in most other personal development books. He promotes wellness in all aspects of life.
What You’re Really Meant to Do by Robert Steven Kaplan
This book does not spell out exactly what the reader is to do. Instead the author acts as a coach through the book, asking very specific questions to help you work through the process.
Kaplan has some great questions that help you process the stories from your past. One exercise is for you to write out your own definition of success.
The four primary narratives that Kaplan helps you construct are:
- your basic story,
- your success narrative,
- your failure narrative, and
- your injustice narrative.
In other words: what were your childhood influences and environment? What has gone really well in your life that you are proud of and that you tell others? How do you usually frame your experiences when you think about failures? In what ways have you not experienced justice, and how does that continue to affect you?
Then, you move forward: tell a story of your future 10 years from now.
Even though I’ve just briefly touched upon them here, the act of writing out these stories is very powerful.
With books like this, you must answer the questions as you go along, otherwise there’s no point in reading the book. It won’t do you any good to just read through it and not work through the exercises. These questions will help you understand yourself better as you’re looking for a new job.
80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall
80/20 Sales and Marketing is a great read in itself. It’s the supplementary materials that Marshall provides with the book purchase that really put the icing on this one, and not just icing on one cake, but several.
Because I ordered the book directly from the author, Marshall provided a lot of bonus items on the web for free, including his really cool Marketing DNA Test.
Another of those digital resources is an audio recording from a live presentation he conducted, “The 80/20 Approach to Business Startups” with an accompanying six-page handout, “Self-Inventory, Market Size, and Giftedness Worksheet.”
“Everything you do in business, and your business USP, flows from your Personal Unique Selling Proposition. The better you understand yourself, the greater the ease with which you function in the marketplace.”
In this presentation, Marshall blends these two ideas together. USP + 80/20. In other words, what are the key things you must know about yourself before you begin any business endeavor (or new job)?
As You Search for a Great New Job, No Opportunity is Wasted
“I know sometimes it’s scary to think that you might do the wrong thing. It’s terrifying to imagine wasting your ‘one shot.’ But let me assure you, nothing you do will be wasted. Every decision you make, every path you take, has the ability to contribute something you need to succeed at your dream.” —Jon Acuff, Quitter, p. 81
Don’t Ask, “What Do You Do?”
Use “What Do You Do Best?” Instead
Take some time, right now, and answer these questions. These are some of the best questions to get you started.
- What did you enjoy doing as a child in your free time? What do you do today that, while you’re in the middle of it, you have no awareness of time passing by?
- What do you constantly wish for or daydream about? Is there some passion sitting dormant in your heart that’s asking to come out and express itself?
- Who are the people that you look up to? What is it about them that you like to emulate? How do you like to help other people?
- Ask your closest friends: what do you do better than other people? What is your unique capability?
- What topics and themes are constantly recurring in your life? What threads can you trace back for years as you look at your experiences?
When you are doing work that fits into who you are as a person, you’ll have less stress, adequately provide for your family, and build wealth that will add to your legacy.
You can find a new job that will fit you well. Stick with it!