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"Beautiful sequencing of proven principles - bursting with passion and wisdom." -- Dr Steven Covey author The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

"I've always believed you should bring your heart to work. Step by step, Nick Williams shows you how." -- Anita Roddick, O.B.E.,Founder, The Body Shop International plc

"Nick Williams has written an inspirational book. If your work is something you want to forget as soon as you finish - then think again. Nick will help you to find meaning, hope and soul in whatever work you do - a book for our times." -- Reverend Donald Reeves, former Rector of St. James's Church, Piccadilly, London, Founder of the European Churches Network and author of Down to Earth

"Nick Williams is a wonderful man, and his book delivers a wonderful message." -- Susan Jeffers, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, End the Struggle and Dance With Life, and Dare to Connect

"Nick Williams shows us a heartening and optimistic way forward." -- Dorothy Rowe, top psychologist and author of many books on mental health

"Nick is a visionary at work." -- James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy and Salle Merrill Redfield, The Joy of Meditating

"The Work We Were Born To Do is a joy to read. It sparkles with inspiration and delight, and is packed with ideas which will help you discover your life's work - and create a life that you truly love. Whether you hide under the bedclothes on Monday mornings, or just feel bored or dissatisfied at work you need this book!" -- Gill Edwards, author Living Magically and Stepping into the Magic

"This book overflows with the richest wisdom of the heart and positive skills for self appreciation, open-hearted living, and success. Nick Williams gets to the core of the power to make our lives what we would have them be. Read this magnificent work, enjoy, grow, and soar!" -- Alan Cohen, author of The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Joy is My Compass and Handle With Prayer

"This inspiring book provides the map and compass that will guide you to that sought after destination of being able to fulfil your true potential, through your natural vocation. Use it!" -- Colin Turner, corporate speaker and author of The Eureka Principle and Swimming with the Piranhas Makes You Hungry

"Whatever you do, you can use this inspiring guide to discover purpose, meaning and passion in your work ... and still pay the bills." -- Paul Wilson, author of The Little Book of Calm and Calm at Work

From the Author

The author, Nick Williams, hello@heartatwork.net , This book was born out my personal experience of being in a well paid job in computer sales and marketing, but being unhappy because it wasn't really me. I knew it was no longer for me, and although I was terrified, I found the courage to quit and follow my heart to create a new career that my heart was in.

Over the last 10 years I have created this new career - inspiring individuals and organisations to be more authentic in their work, and bring the best of themselves to it, in order to have true fulfilment in their work. I am the founder of the Heart at Work Project in London, and have been a director of Alternatives at St. James's in Piccadilly. My book details my own personal journey of the joys and challenges of major life change, has dozens of cases studies of people who have created the work they were born to do, and is also a practical handbook to give you the ideas, inspiration and tools to do it yourself, including the biggest one for most of us - money! The book also helps you change within your existing work. I don't claim quick fixes - for me this process can take some time, focus and effort, but the rewards of the joy of finding and expressing our spirit and the fulfilment are worth it. I do believe we are most likely to be truly successful - personally and financially - when our heart is in what are doing.

All best wishes, Nick Williams

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (November 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862045526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862045521
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Williams combines inspiring writing with practical exercises that I found life affirming.
"craigwilliams"
I found myself skipping paragraphs through mumble jumble before I could get to the meat of the book.
Psychedelic Musician
If you are confused, dissatisfied, unhappy, or depressed about your current career - read this book!
Debbie L. Ebner

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Votaw on October 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
As the instructor of a course related to this subject, I read everything out there on finding your "true vocation." I have found Nick Williams' approach to be the most comprehensive and heart-centered of all that are currently published. Nick approaches finding the work you were born to do as a task not separated from the rest of life, but rightly so, a question of "living" rather than "working." As his many practical exercises convey, our culture needs to change the way we think about work; the way we've confronted this problem in the past has not brought about joyful results. Nick's suggestions for self-discovery allow for the possibility of work being a joy rather than a job. If you choose one book on this subject, I would definitely go for this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Winter on July 31, 2000
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If you suspect that you haven't yet found your right livelihood, don't read this book...use it as a workbook. Nick Williams covers all the insidious barriers to making our work the joyful experience it was meant to be. I plan to recommend this book heartily to participants in my workshops, newsletter subscribers and strangers on airplanes. And while it may be best read slowly, every chapter will open new insights. Even though I believe I am doing my right livelihood, I am finding a new level of enthusiasm and confidence thanks to Nick Williams' guidance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Debbie L. Ebner on May 17, 2000
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If you are confused, dissatisfied, unhappy, or depressed about your current career - read this book! Nick Williams has put together a valuable path of self-discovery for his readers. This easy to read book requires your participation through exercises which take you personally through the thought process necessary for uncovering your dreams and desires. There is indeed a happier, more fulfilling way to live your life and balance your career. Take the time to enjoy this book and uncover your hidden secret to happiness and the good life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tedi L. Patterson on June 21, 2000
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I've been looking at many books that address job satisfaction. This book hit the nail on the head -- but not the way I expected. Surprisingly, it's not the job that's the cause for crisis, but how you're letting your mind approach work. Not to say that Williams doesn't think that you can't find work that is more fulfilling to you. But he does suggest that you begin by discovering the small joys in your current work -- and they are there.
One reviewer said this was a great mid-life crisis book, which profiles me, but I wish that I had read this book 20 years ago when I began my career.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jan Wheatcroft on December 10, 1999
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Nick's work on this book certainly shows his love for his subject. It is easy to read and the practical exercises helped me discover my new creative and fulfilling heart-centered career. It is like having Nick Williams as your personal guide to intrapective, honest and authentic decision making. A must-read for anyone wanting to discover their purpose and move into new life-enriching areas and be empowered to take "the risks" in making changes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Psychedelic Musician on February 25, 2006
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You have to wade through this monstrosity of a book to get to the gems. I found myself skipping paragraphs through mumble jumble before I could get to the meat of the book. There are other books out there that will give you food for thought without a lot of new age catch phrases and self important pondering. Greg Levoy's Callings or Barbara Winter's Making a LIving Without a Job are more concise and informative choices. You don't want to spend your time reading--you want to spend your time doing!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "craigwilliams" on April 13, 2000
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Working in the field of Personal Development as I do, it rare to come across such a truly inspiring book. Nick Williams combines inspiring writing with practical exercises that I found life affirming.
The book helps individuals uncover how they can make a difference and ovecome the fear and barriers that stop us putting this into practice.
For anybody struggling to break free from the chains of their current work read this book. It can change your life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jan Wheatcroft on December 10, 1999
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Nick's work on this book certainly shows his love for his subject. It's easy to read and the practical exercises helped me make tough decisions to change my attitudes and led me to work in my new creative and fulfilling heart-centered career. This is a personal book that makes you feel that Nick Williams is with you as your guide to intraspective, honest and authentic decision making. A must-read for anyone wanting to re-evaluate their current work experience.
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