Dan Miller is back with a follow-up to his 48 Days to the Work You Love, in which he provides sage words of wisdom relating to finding happiness at work. Here, in No More Mondays: Fire Yourself - and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work, Miller builds upon the same theme, convincingly furthering the argument that there is no need to dread Mondays—and if you do, then it is time for a change.
The book sets the stage for his proposed new way of thinking by illustrating that securing a long-term stable job—with a promise of continued employment and a comfortable retirement—is no longer a realistic goal. Instead, employers are faced with competing pressures to downsize and do more with less, which translates into a changing dynamic with little loyalty to employees. Based on this new reality, employees need to redefine the way they view their jobs and learn to deliver the results that employers (and in some instances customers) require.
Miller provides a significant amount of tangible advice, including a discussion as to whether a particular personality is a match for a career as an “eaglepreneur.” People who fit in this category, he says, possess a wide array of skills ranging from the video-producer creative types to those who find solace in caring for the elderly. People who fit into this category want to work on their own but do not want to be saddled with the traditional costs associated with a business such as leases, loans and employees. Instead, eaglepreneurs create multiple streams of income based a new model (most conducive to today’s environment) where there is little overhead and expenses. It is this framework that is most appropriate for modern times and provides people with greater control over their ability to achieve financial success and eliminate the uneasiness associated with the start of a workweek.
The majority of Miller’s book illustrates his skill at succinctly providing a wealth of advice one would expect from a career coach, life coach, and friend all in one place. The resulting combination is a book that is just as entertaining as it informative. No More Mondays is packed with stories, anecdotes and advice that provide a roadmap people can follow to replace the dread associated with Mondays with a warm embrace of the challenges of the week ahead.