Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The One-week Job Project: One Man, One Year, 52 Jobs by Sean Aiken 9780345508034 Pub: Villard Books, Trade Paperback original, 5/4/10 $15.00

I heard this guy interviewed on NPR a few months ago and thought this sounded fascinating and potentially hilarious. Plus, I love books where someone does something nutty for a year. Here's the description from Goodreads:

A year and a half after he graduated from college, Sean Aiken found himself struggling to answer the question “What should I do with my life?” His mother suggested teaching. His older sister told him to apply for an entry-level corporate position. His father said, “It doesn’t matter what you do, just make sure it’s something you’re passionate about.” Taking his father’s advice to heart, Sean created the One-Week Job Project and launched himself on an epic journey to find his passion. His goal: to work fifty-two jobs in fifty-two weeks.

After the launch of his website, oneweekjob.com, the offers began pouring in. Sean’s first gig was—literally—jumping off a bridge, as a bungee operator in British Columbia. From there he traveled across Canada and the United States, reinventing himself as a firefighter, an aquarium host, a radio DJ, a martial arts instructor, an NHL mascot, and a snowshoe guide. During the course of his seven-day stints, from a Florida stock-trading floor to a cattle ranch in the wilds of Wyoming to a real estate office in Beverly Hills, Sean found time to make new friends and even fall in love. Whether choosing a spring fashion line, brewing beer, or milking a cow, Sean continued to ask himself and others about what success really means and how we find happiness—all while having the adventure of his life.

Inventive and empowering, witty and wise, The One-Week Job Project is a book that will give you the courage to follow your passion. Or, as Mark Twain said, “Explore. Dream. Discover.”


Jill said...

What an interesting concept! I love the idea...this book's going on my list!

Lori said...

LOL....I just asked my son what he is going to do with his life. Typical teen..."I don't know" I might get him this book. Thanks.

Here's Mine.

Carin Siegfried said...

Lori, good luck with your son. My brother who graduated from college in June then moved to Chicago has had a job for a total of 1 month before quitting. He's supposedly there to become an actor, but he's only auditioned once. I think he'll get pretty motivated when his savings run out, but it's sad that meanwhile he's going to run through a large savings account that could have really been a nice nest egg for him in the future. Oh well. They won't listen to advice, will they? Maybe I'll get him this book, too!

Kristen said...

You know this is going on my wish list, you enabler you.

Suko said...

What an adventurer! Does he find his calling? Maybe he'll be a writer?!

Carin said...

This book sounds awesome. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up and I'm 32. I might have to put this on my list!

Sean Aiken said...

Thanks for the kind words!

It's a great read... then again, I'm a bit biased ;)

Kimberly said...

This sounds great - thanks for the suggestion! My waiting pick is here: www.bit.ly/c50sMM

Anonymous said...

it is a great read I was part of it