Loved it! An insightful book that helped me see the world beyond deadlines and the 9-5.

Alice Bennett, AEB Reviews

This is a must-read for the vast majority of people feeling trapped in the career treadmill!

José Luis Lopez Pino enlightening and thought-provoking book that challenges the reader to question their own assumptions, not just about work but life in general.

Kirsty Steel

Do you feel like what you're doing is not really meant for you?
Would you rather be doing something else entirely but don't know where to start?


In our lives, we don't ask ourselves enough questions. Along the way, you may lose track of who you really are. You mistake your identity for your job. Deep down, however, you know you were not meant to be living like this.


Daniel has been through the journey of switching careers. Now, he wants to help you find the best next step for yourself through introspection.

Meet the Author

Daniel Voigt Godoy is an Amazon best-selling author. His technical books are used as textbooks in universities in the United States and Spain, and his papers have won four consecutive awards (2012-2015) at the prestigious National Treasury Award.

He wrote You're Not Your Job to help you ask yourself lots and lots of questions to get where you want to be.

It is the book he wishes his past self had at his disposal. Hopefully it can be useful to you on your own journey!

Sometimes you dream about leading a very different life.

You've been saving money to one day, finally, live the life you want.

You tell yourself, time and again:

"I just need to stick a little longer, and then I will leave this behind me."


But you never do.


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(The Start of) My Own Story

I started asking myself 'What am I doing?' a few years ago when I was about 43 years old. It felt like some sort of midlife crisis at first. My wife and I had moved to another country five years before, and I wasn't quite happy with my life there. It never felt like 'home', I never belonged there. Objectively speaking, my career was going well and I was making good money. But I didn't care about the job I had, I was going through the motions. It felt off, and it was making me feel anxious about the future. I lost my mom to cancer when she was 47 years old. In my mind, that could be my fate too. What if I only had four more years? Am I wasting the time I have left?

From the chapter Your Journey

you're not your job

This is an opinionated book and it offers Daniel's own perspective on the subject.
He wrote the book he wishes his past self had at his disposal.

Here is a sneak peek at its table of contents:

  • Introduction
  • Your Journey
  • The Hero's Journey
  • The Price
  • Time
  • The Pursuit of Happiness
  • Money
  • The Unknown
  • Conformity
  • You're Not Your Job
  • Enjoyment
  • Choices
  • Success
  • Small Bets
  • Procrastination
  • Transformation

At age 21, you have roughly 60 years of life ahead of you, so time looks cheap. What is one measly year if you have 60 more to spend? It's almost three times as much as you have lived. Or six times more than the time passed since you became a teenager. That's a lot! You're very rich in time, but not so rich in money. So you trade one for the other, it makes sense, right?


Many people only reevaluate their choices when the price they have been paying for them rears its ugly head. It doesn't have to be that way, though. You don't need to wait for disaster to strike to choose a different path, even if you're already halfway through your current path.


Taking a new, unknown path, especially when you've been treading for so long on a well-known path, is very hard. Not only do you have to overcome your fear of the 'unknown unknowns' and trust your future self to handle them effectively, but you also have to challenge your current self's identity. How do you define yourself? Who are you?

From the chapters Time and Conformity

The Questions / Appendixes

Here you can freely download both appendix A, the list of "Ask Yourself" questions, and appendix B, the list of questions from the "Transformation" chapter.

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Print them out and write your answers or fill out the PDF forms, and keep them for later reference.

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About Daniel

Daniel Voigt Godoy is a husband, a brother, and a son. In the last 25 years, he had many jobs — developer, data scientist, teacher, writer — but he's none of them. He is an avid learner and he has a curious and restless mind.

At age 46, he was finally able to switch gears. It took him several years and lots and lots of questions to figure out what was the right path for him. Now, he's finally at peace and happy with who he is while living his life the best he can.

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