50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Mar 7, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Like lots of college grads, Daniel Seddiqui was having a hard time finding a job. But despite more than forty rejections, he knew opportunities had to exist. So he set out on an extraordinary quest: fifty jobs in fifty states in fifty weeks. And not just any jobs—he chose professions that reflected the culture and economy of each state. Working as everything from a cheesemaker in Wisconsin, a border patrol agent in Arizona, and a meatpacker in Kansas to a lobsterman in Maine, a surfing instructor in Hawaii, and a football coach in Alabama, Daniel chronicles how he adapted to the wildly differing people, cultures, and environments. From one week to the next he had no idea exactly what his duties would be, where he’d be sleeping, what he’d be eating, or how he’d be received. He became a roving news item, appearing on CNN, Fox News, World News Tonight, MSNBC, and the Today show—which was good preparation for his stint as a television weatherman. Tackling challenge after challenge—overcoming anxiety about working four miles underground in a West Virginia coal mine, learning to walk on six-foot stilts (in a full Egyptian king costume) at a Florida amusement park, racing the clock as a pit-crew member at an Indiana racetrack—Daniel completed his journey a changed man. In this book he shares stories about the people he met, reveals the lessons he learned, and explains the five principles that kept him going.
 

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Review: 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America

User Review  - Jeff Yoak - Goodreads

I didn't think the storytelling was extremely good here, but this was a great concept and an awesome adventure. Sometimes the events are compelling enough to make the book worthwhile. Read full review

Review: 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America

User Review  - Kyle R - Goodreads

I saw Daniel Seddiqui speak at a university nearby which inspired me to pick up his book. I admire the willpower it must've took to work a different job in a different state each week for over a year ... Read full review

Contents

2 Hitting Rock Bottom and Rebounding
35
3 Turning Obstacles into Openings
55
4 Not Just about Me Anymore
83
5 Halfway Point Is Getting Rough
109
6 Hitting My Stride and Taking Control
131
7 Returning a Different Person
157
8 New Curves and Bumps in the Road
171
9 Adapting to New and Different Cultures
201
10 Hitting Curveballs
219
11 Finishing a Journey and Embarking on New Dreams
249
A Lesson from America
267
About the Author
273
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About the author (2011)

Daniel Seddiqui graduated from USC with a BA in Economics in May 2005. But after going on over 40 interviews and receiving no job offers, he decided to try a different strategy – to set out on a journey across the US in which he would work a different job in every state. Daniel successfully completed that journey and has been featured in major media outlets nationwide and internationally. He is currently a speaker and tours the nation speaking to mainly younger university audiences about his experiences and learning.

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