SOURCE: Dotted Lines Press

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December 27, 2010 06:55 ET

"Love Your 84,000 Hours at Work" From Dotted Lines Press

Author Makes Cross-Country Quest for New Job

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - December 27, 2010) - Andrew Harrison was living the "good life" in Charlotte, NC, earning a six-figure salary and working less than 40 hours per week. To the shock of his boss, friends and family, he quit his lucrative job to travel around the country and interview people who were excited about their work -- a feeling he had never experienced.

"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!"

In his quest for a new job that took him more than 95,000 miles and 145 interviews, Harrison has produced "Love Your 84,000 Hours at Work: Stories on the Road from People with Purpose and Passion" (Dotted Lines Press, 2010) featuring unique interviews and advice from 34 inspiring Americans, including:

  • The founder of the 401(k) program
  • A housewife who went back to school and became the first-ever female Arkansas supreme court chief justice
  • A Harvard-educated lawyer turned sports columnist
  • A maintenance man with a degree in aerospace engineering
  • A NASA astronaut who was once told she was not tall enough to be a stewardess
  • A first responder to the 9/11 attacks
  • A strip club manager
  • An 87-year-old financial planner who still works every day (by choice)

"In the spirit of Jack Kerouac and Studs Terkel, Harrison hopped into his car to search for himself through the stories of others," reported Cleveland NPR affiliate, WCPN.

Harrison's journey launched his own fulfilling career as an author, speaker, consultant, adjunct college professor and continual "seeker." He hopes his book will be an inspiration for others wrestling with similar life questions.

"Yes, there truly are people who love their work," states Harrison, "and you can become one of them."

Media please note: High-resolution photographs are available, and interview opportunities can be arranged. Please visit www.84000hours.com, www.iamontheroad.comwww.youtube.com/user/iamontheroaddotcom and www.vimeo.com/15056803 for more information.

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