Whistle While You Work

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

“What do I want to be when I grow up?” “What was I born to do?” are questions no longer asked just by children. Authors Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro interviewed hundreds of people who, unhappy with their present careers, have embarked on a search for their life’s “calling”—trying to discover what it is they truly want to do with their lives.

The authors utilize a “calling card” exercise—a list of 52 “callings” culled from hundreds of interviews from people from all walks of life. These callings come directly from people’s experiences and represent their talents, aspirations, and things that make them feel happy and fulfilled. For example, are you the type of person that likes to build things, fix things, or solve problems? Are you most happy selling, managing, or creating? This technique is an extremely effective self- examination exercise. By clearly defining what it is we are most passionate about and where are true wants and needs lie, we can discover those things we truly value in our lives.

As effective as the calling card exercise is, the real value of Whistle While You Work: Heeding Your Life’s Calling lies in the personal stories of people who suddenly realized that what they were doing—the jobs and careers they had chosen—were in fact not their life’s calling. The chronicles of these personal journeys from mere “job” to a “calling” are fascinating stories of personal self-discovery. They powerfully remind us that life is not a rehearsal; we have so little time on this earth to make our mark and to contribute something worthwhile to others, and to live a meaningful life.

For those at a point of serious reflection and self-examination, this book will help to light the way.