The remarkable and inspiring true story of one guy who transformed his uncertainty about the future into action.
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 embarked on an epic journey to find his passion. His goal – work 52 jobs in 52 weeks.
After the launch of his website, OneWeekJob.com, the offers began pouring in. His first gig was—literally—jumping off a bridge, as bungee operator in British Columbia. From there he traveled across Canada and the United States, reinventing himself as a firefighter, aquarium host, radio DJ, martial arts instructor, NHL mascot, and 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 the nature of success and the real meaning of 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.”
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A terrific read for young people wondering what to do with their lives, and for anyone looking to change his or her life for the better.
—KEITH FERRAZZI, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Never Eat Alone
A life-changing, cross-continental, action-packed adventure. After reading The One-Week Job Project, you’ll know how to get the most extraordinary things out of life, and how to score some choice jobs along the way!
—KYLE MACDONALD, author of One Red Paperclip
The One-Week Job Project will inspire a new generation of young people to stay true to themselves and define their own roads in life.
—MIKE MARRINER, author of Roadtrip Nation
Sean shares hilarious stories and valuable advice from mentors in pubs and tattoo parlors, on dairy farms and movie sets, and in kitchens and cubicles. I loved the opportunity to tag along on Sean’s year of career enlightenment without having to sleep on 55 coaches and trek more than 46,000 miles. I think you will too. The One-Week Job Project is a great read and a terrific resource for anyone looking for inspiration on the job.
—PAMELA SKILLINGS, author of Escape from Corporate America