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Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together Paperback – December 31, 2013
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--Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly
"If you're looking for a career coach, Pam Slim is the gold standard. Warm and wise, savvy and practical, "Body of Work" will guide you through today's complex career landscape -- while keeping your sense of self and personal passions alive."
--Susan Cain, author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"
"In the pages of this life-changing book you’ll meet people who are creating beautiful lives from the most surprising materials – bravery and dedication, yes, but also fear, shame, and illness. Their courage and Pamela Slim’s words are inspiring. This book is a gift to every reader in these tough times."
--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
“Whether you are starting out at your first job, a longtime corporate employee, or a successful entrepreneur, you can survive the new world of work by telling a story about your journey. Pam Slim shows you how."
--Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte, Inc.
"Pam Slim shows you how to thrive by building a body of work out of your experiences, knowledge, and accomplishments. A must-read for anyone who wants to achieve fulfillment, joy, and inner peace."
--Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and author of Enchantment
"Heartfelt, practical and actionable, this is the rare book that will change your life if you let it."
--Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception
“Pam Slim has written THE modern career handbook. Her advice, spunk, and spirit make it a joy to read.”
–Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor, author of The No Asshole Rule and Scaling Up Excellence
“Forget making new year’s resolutions. They are notoriously hard to keep. Instead set out on a concrete path to make the next chapter of your life more meaningful and satisfying… Begin by “finding the thread that ties your story together” suggests Pamela Slim in her new book, Body of Work.”
“You owe it to yourself to buy a copy, as reading [Body of Work] is a great way to start the new year.”
“While the book is a super easy read, the magic is not in just reading but actually digging deeper, questioning, reflecting and actually doing the exercises that Pamela has thoughtfully designed…I can confidently say that it will be one of the “game changing” books you will read in 2014.”
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If you're looking for step-by-step advice on discovering your purpose or career, you won't find it here. You will find inspiring stories and insightful questions to give your body of work new meaning and chart a future course:
"No one is looking out for your career anymore. You must find meaning, locate opportunities, sell yourself, and plan for failure, calamity, and unexpected disasters. You must develop a set of skills that makes you able to earn an income in as many ways as possible."
What is a body of work?
"A body of work is big and deep and complex. It allows you to experiment and play and change and test. It supports creative freedom. It includes obvious things, like books, software code, photographs, videos, process improvements, paintings, and stories. And not-so-obvious things, like community development, love, movements, memories, and relationships."
How do you find it? "We must tap into our deepest roots." How do you transition from one place to another? "We all need a side hustle," especially if you're still in the corporate arena.
I love that Pam doesn't embrace the Pollyanna effect. She doesn't ask us to analyze successes with a keener eye than challenges and failures. In fact, one of the greatest skills we can develop is to view adversity as a means of growth. Her advice for hard times:
1. Fall apart.
2. Honor what you have.
3. Never forget, but choose to create a new future.
4. Be supported, and support others.Read more ›
Pam's recommendations are compelling, clear, and road-tested with hundreds (if not thousands) of entrepreneurs and corporate employees that she has worked with. I appreciate that she doesn't try to force a one-size fits all set of next steps or "shoulds," but rather guides the reader through the meta-level of career planning by finding common themes, building healthy habits, navigating fear, forming a meaningful support network, and effectively sharing your message with the world.
For those who find chapter outlines helpful, the Body of Work methodology can be summed up as follows:
-Define Your Roots
-Name Your Ingredients
-Choose Your Work Mode
-Create and Innovate
-Surf the Fear
-Your Definition of Success
-Share Your Story
Making a major career transition is not a one-time checkbox that we get to simply mark complete and move on from. It's an ongoing evolution, and Pamela Slim has written THE handbook you need to navigate each one with greater ease and aplomb.
Since I started working in 1994, I've been through six or seven mergers/acquisitions. I've changed jobs a number of times. Each in a pursuit of a better arrangement. Pam Slim's newest title-Body of Work helps me make sense of the story I've lived and accept that the days of endurance and pensions are fading if not disappeared.
Allow Pam to help you connect the dots and weave the threads of your personal and professional experiences into a cohesive meaningful story. Its' a quick read, her writing is witty and fun and you'll be better equipped for the next change around the corner.
This isn't one of them.
Pam Slim has a gift of tying together stories, insight and practical tools - and in doing so helping you and me navigate our busy lives so we can live a life of meaning and of impact.
If you'd like to live a life that stands for something, then consider building a body of work.
A wonderful read for anyone, at any stage in their career, whether corporate employee, entrepreneur, or something in between.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book a lot but it seemed to lose steam about 1/2 way through. But the first half was really good and challenged me with some exercises to figure out the kinds of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave Yankowiak
I give this to everyone in my career development classes! Has a great focus. Highly recommend!Published 6 months ago by Creating Purpose, LLC
Very insightful and easy to read, while challenging some of the basic barriers to success and notions about entrepreneurship. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John Pistotti
Pamela Slim is in my head and know my life. Moreover this book helps define the others undefinable elements of my creative career path while steering me towards leveraging my body... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fave
I am a fan of Pamela Slim's work and writing, but this one really struck a chord with me. I loved the concept of building a body of work, rather than just getting a job and showing... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Angie
I enjoyed this book and read it in about 5 hours on a plane ride. Of the 231 pages, I dog-eared 44 of them - a really high percentage for me and often how I can judge how much new... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda Tapp
This book is about more than a job, it's about creating a life that has impact and meaning. It's about stopping along the way in your journey and looking for guideposts and signs... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Danielle M. Miller