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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (December 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609805924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609805923
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Work from the Inside Out: 7 Steps to Loving What You Do, by Nancy O'Hara (Find a Quiet Corner), a former publishing executive and a practicing Buddhist who now conducts corporate seminars and retreats on mindfulness, applies the Zen precept of doing things for their own sake, as opposed to for an end, to our work lives. Her seven broad steps include "Understanding and Acceptance" and "Disciplined Attention." She suggests specifics such as asking ourselves at the end of each day if we blamed someone else for something we didn't accomplish, or making a list of the aspects of our work situations we don't like and then assessing if it's within our power to change each one. )

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From Booklist

The seven steps eluded to in the title are understanding and acceptance, seeing clearly and letting go, realizing this is it, balance, disciplined attention, seeing things as they are, and you're already there (meaning that while your work is never done, in any given moment it is complete and perfect just as it is). O'Hara, the author of Find a Quiet Corner (1995) and Just Listen (1997), is a student of Zen Buddhism who conducts corporate seminars on mindfulness at work. She promises readers that by following her advice they can discover a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment on the job that will penetrate all other areas of their lives. Her words are worth paying attention to. George Cohen
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More About the Author

Nancy O'Hara is a meditation coach in real life who kills people in her fiction. She is the author of six books on the subject of mindfulness and meditation, including the bestselling Find a Quiet Corner, and two novels in the Alex Sullivan Zen Mystery series. Along with her writing, Nancy shares her experience through her Mindful Life Coaching practice, meditation classes, workshops, and retreats.

She lives in New York City with her perfectly imperfect husband, trees outside her windows and noisy upstairs neighbors.

Visit Nancy:
On her website: http://nancyohara.com/
On FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/NancyOHaraAuthor
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZenMysteries
On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/274164.Nancy_O_Hara

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Harvey on February 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Nancy O'Hara's book is an excellent guide to finding satisfaction at work - including your current employment (for those who prefer to stay or do not have an option to leave) or planning on new employment/career.
The book is a slow read - there are numerous exercises which take time and are meant to be part of the self discovery process. I recommend reading the entire text first before doing the exercises; it will help you better understand the logic and flow.
If you're looking for a quick fix or career guide, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking to change your own attitudes and action toward your work, this is ideal.
I found it excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "dessertcat" on January 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
It took me awhile to finish reading this book. Not because it is boring, but I'd rather to read it thoroughly. I'd like to enjoy the exercise Nancy offers us, to take one day at a time, to take one step at a time for even the smallest change I decided to make. I successfully made an honest confession to myself and finally found a path of life that I was longing to find, both on my career decisions and personal life. This is a simple book that requires your patience, sincerity, honesty and compassion to get through our denial stage and to finally find our "true" decision out of so many choices in life. Read it full-heartedly, be honest and consistent... then, you'll find your way!
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This was a great book to help me put work in perspective with what life should really be about. I would recommend it to anyone that is struggling with defining meaning outside of work.
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