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Suggested Readings

I did a lot of reading during this phase. Maybe it was because of the career choices I was making while I was going to school. I found the following books which all provided a different perspective on work, career and life goals.

The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked by Ernie J. Zelinski. Wholesm Publishing Corporation, 1997.

This is a GREAT book. The author's basic premise is to stop working so you can do what you love, and start doing what excites and inspires you. Along the road look for ways to sustain yourself financially doing what you love - even if when you start you don't see how you possibly could. According to Zelinski, success involves following your passion and trusting. This book was very inspiring and encouraged me to think outside the parameters of "how will I pay the bills" doing this. Don't be limited in what you dream. I know, the bills do still have to be paid. Zelinski suggests that money not be the primary motivation for why you do something.

Work Less: Live More by Paula Brook. Doubleday Canada, 1997.

This is another book about finding ways to work in the world that utilize your passion.

Listening to MidLife. Turning your Crisis into a Quest by Mark Gerzon. Shambhala Publications, Inc, 1996.

Not for everyone, but if you have returned to university because you are in mid-career transition, this book will give you some ideas about how to rethink what may appear right now to be a crisis.

Live the Life you Love: In Ten Easy Step Lessons by Barbara Sher. Dell Distributing, January 1997.

Sher is a great motivational speaker and author. This book is a template for realizing the "impossible" and an encouraging resource for those hoping to live their dreams.

Updated February 18 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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