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Nancy Anderson is a career and life consultant based in the Sacramento/San Francisco Bay Area and the author of the best selling career guide, Work with Passion, How To Do What You Love For a Living (New World Library, 1984, 20th anniversary edition, 2004), and Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond: Reach Your Full Potential and Make the Money You Need (2010). She was a Regents Scholar at the University of California, Riverside where she graduated magna cum laude with an interdisciplinary degree in English and Political Science.

Following graduation, Nancy co-founded two career consulting firms in San Francisco, and then established her own practice. Over the next few years she wrote her ground-breaking book, Work with Passion. The approach outlined in her book is more psychological than that of typical career counseling procedures, since it pays close attention to how family influences affect one's career, relationships and self-image.

In the years following publication, Nancy continued to refine the intuitive process she uses that guides her clients into the right niche in work. Step one is to eliminate distractions, such as clutter and habits that waste time and energy. The next step is to write an autobiography that begins with grandparents and parents' beliefs about money, work and relationships and that ends in the present day. Writing the story in chronological order reveals the meaning of the life, shown by the choices that always ended in failure, and the choices that always led to success. These choices hold the key to the passion. The remaining chapters in both books show how to find the job, business or creative project that matches one's values and strengths.