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By KJ Mullins     Dec 27, 2010 in Business
Loving what you do for a living is important. For most North Americans, they will spend 84,000 hours at work, according to author Andrew Harrison.
Harrison had it made: a six-figure salary working less than 40 hours a week. It was a surprise to his family, friends and boss when he quit that job to find people across the United States who were excited about their jobs. He wanted to understand the joy of work, a feeling he had yet to discover, so he crossed the nation interviewing inspirational people.
"The tipping point for me came when I did the math," explains Harrison. "I figured that most people work from age 23 to age 65, which is 42 years. I multiplied that by 40 hours per week and 50 weeks per year, and came up with a total of 84,000 hours at work. The numbers shocked me. I realized that if I was going to spend so much of my life working, I'd better enjoy it!"
As he crossed the country "Love Your 84,000 Hours at Work: Stories on the Road from People with Purpose and Passion" was written and a new fulfilling career path was carved out for Harrison. That journey lead Harrison to true joy changing his life. Today he tells about that passion to others, the new American Dream -- loving your career that you love.
He found that some of the most inspirational people who loved their work didn't start in the career that gave them joy. The first female Arkansas supreme court chief justice had been a housewife and a man wit a degree in aerospace engineering had found joy as a maintenance man.
Harrison hopes his book can inspire others to find their joy in work.
"Yes, there truly are people who love their work," states Harrison, "and you can become one of them."
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