The following is an article contributed to The Weekly Book Scan by career coach Nancy Anderson. Anderson is the author of the new book Work With Passion in Midlife and Beyond (New World Library, 2010). Buy the Book >
By Nancy Anderson
Joanna was an administrator in a public health agency when she came to me for help with her career. She had two graduate degrees, a large income, and a prestigious title. But endless meetings and the time it took to implement her ideas drove her crazy. To cope with her frustration, she overate and drank too much alcohol.
When I asked Joanna what she did when she was not working, she said she got up early on weekends to organize her house and garage. She loved organizing so much her neighbors asked her to get their homes and garages in order.
“Why don’t you do that for a living?” I asked.
“What, clean houses and garages?” Joanna asked. “My doctor father would have a fit if he thought I was going into such a lowly business. Don’t forget he paid for my two graduate degrees in health administration.”
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By Mary Martinez, National Association of REALTORS® Manager Library & Digital Information Repository
Real estate professionals downloaded over 16,000 digital books from the Virtual Library eBooks Collection at Realtor.org in 2009 — and 2010 is off to a record start with 800-plus downloads in less than the first two weeks of January.
Why the surge in digital books interest? Recent enhancements to the digital library include increased lending limits (up to 6 eBooks can be checked out simultaneously — up from 3), integration with Twitter and Facebook, and now mobile access. With Windows Mobile (5 or newer), members of the National Association of REALTORS® can now wirelessly download audiobooks to their Smartphone, Blackberry®, and other web-enabled devices using OverDrive® Media Console for Windows Mobile. Android™ device owners can install a beta version of OverDrive Media Console to download OverDrive MP3 audiobooks.