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To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love: The Spiritual Dimension of Entrepreneuring Paperback – December 15, 1995

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From Library Journal

Sinetar (Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow, LJ 5/1/87) appeals to the entrepreneurial spirit in this inspirational tome for dissatisfied workers.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The author's "spirituality" of entrepreneuring amounts to a popular Confucianism for twenty-first-century capitalism. This does not mean that Sinetar introduces readers to Chinese religion (though she does cite the I Ching) but rather that she defines spirituality as an embrace of roles necessitated by one's position within a social and economic system that has taken on a covertly religious significance. Spirituality is a matter of embracing who one is and being where one is in the context of an economic system that is market driven and incapable of generating enough "jobs" in a conventional sense to go around. The upside of this is that it turns corporate downsizing into an opportunity for personal growth. The downside is that it obscures social and economic forces associated with the downsizing. There is a long tradition behind this kind of spirituality, associated in the West with the Benedictine development of "vocation" and the largely unconscious boost it gave to capitalism. Books like Sinetar's are destined to play a similar role in the development of "twenty-first-century minds" suited to economies (more than spiritualities) of entrepreneurialism. Steve Schroeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (December 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312141416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312141417
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #975,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has been one of the most valuable books I have read on the topic of creating meaningful work. Sinetar artfully illustrates how entrepeneurs find their true vocation in their own wholeness--work as a natural expression of their authentic selves. The catch is...this takes time. Time in reflection. Time in retreat. Time in honest evaluation of one's values and skills. Meaningful, fulfilling work is a spiritual journey and I fear that, in our fast and faster world, a book about slow and stop will be overlooked. I actually purchased this book in 1998, but put it down because it didn't seem to "apply" to me. Picking it up again in 2001, I was ready to hear the truth about creating the work that I had always wanted.
I'm happy to say that I'm well on my way. I highly recommend this book as a light for your spiritual path.
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What? The last reviewer of this book says the author wasnt focused? If she was anymore focused on the emotional, mental and spiritual processes that go about in keeping us from reaching our "soul" purpose, our brain would fry! Filled with lots of quick inspiring stories of ordinary people who made their dreams come true. She says "Responsible choice involves consequences not the least of which are relinquishments along the way. (page81) If you could just get that it would be worth 100 times the price of the book. She talks about how the creative process can even trigger chronic fatigue and other stressors. She clearly guides us thru the "What do I do next?" panic attack we have when we get stuck or defeated. Even better than her 1st book and that was great! As a personal consultant and coach I am always greatly interested in hearing how books effect people. Email me at:mince38@yahoo.com and let me know how you are enjoying this wonderful book. Personally, I would buy it for any person who is not living the perfect life they want! Its the 2nd best birthday gift you could give someone. In fact, we could even start a message board on this book.

Marc
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Seems the "skills" and reality side of Do What You Love.... these are stories that show everyday people --not superstar Trump types -- in various stages of starting their own small ventures or shaping the life and values they love. Especially relevant to me is the story of Esther, the eighty-something woman who returned to ministerial college at seventy-something and now runs a little spiritual direction business out of her home. More power to Esther and anyone like her. Good stories for adult ed. course, too.
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In "To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love," Marsha Sinetar devotes a chapter each to exploring the attributes that she believes an entrepreneur possesses: inventive inclination, authentic focus, meaningful purpose, "figuring-out" skills, risk-taking effectiveness, strategic outlook, and high spiritual intelligence.
An "inventive inclination" is simply creativity combined with resourcefulness. Unleashing your inventive powers, she claims, involves asking "what," not "how." It's being open to possibilities.
Once we open our mind to creative possibilities, it's necessary then to focus authentically on who we are at heart. "Authentic people are activated by their inner truths," she writes. "When we're authentic," she claims, "others usually perceive us as such and will often go to great lengths to help us succeed ... When we're real, we're believable, credible." Authentic focus also requires focusing on our energy. "What good is it to identify your fascinations and goals if you're too tired or stressed out to pursue them? ... Vitality also translates into widened opportunities. People like to be around us when we're centered and enthused." By focusing on their own needs, Sinetar writes, entrepreneurs find ways to address others' needs and thereby profit.
"Meaningful purpose" delves deeper into the spiritual dimension of entrepreneuring. It involves both posing and answering the question, "What exactly do you want out of life?" "No one can tell you what your purposes are," Sinetar writes. It involves moving slowly, gaining balance, poise, and self-understanding. "This is a spiritual stance," she writes. She encourages her readers to grow in their "down" times and to develop discernment, which involves strict self-discipline.
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Often we read passages from how-to books which do not consider the true depth of enlightenment in the workplace. Marsha Sinetar in her book, does not try to prescribe a sollution yet rather lets the reader think outloud about the potential that is awaiting us in a place of Positive relection at the workplace.I found her approach refreshing and on the mark, her open ended questions are helpful and realistic. Less puffery than other "spiritual books"
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Well written, powerfully concise and to the point.

For anyone who has been or is in a career transition, in the midsts of finding and/or creating a business of their own, for anyone who has been looking for the "answer" in what to do next and how, for anyone who has been exploring and trying all kinds of stuff but hasn't found "that thing" that you can call fulfilling work - READ THIS BOOK!

Marsha Sinetar puts what you are going through in a very affirming perspective.

Any crap you may be going through may actually be your gold!
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