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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 38 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: ACX
- Audible.com Release Date: November 3, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P6NZNA8
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Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
Whether you are just starting into this new world of work, are moving into a new industry or job, or just want to take a good look at how you're currently building your body of work, this book is a must read. It's the book I wish I would've had earlier in my life and I'm so happy to have it now.
Pam's words are memorable and so is Pam herself as a speaker and overall awesome woman. I'm looking forward to seeing what she'll teach us next!
Pamela weaves examples of real stories of people trying to find their place in today's world of work with her own work experience. This book is a guide for anyone who is serious about doing meaningful work in today's fast-changing workforce.
With regard to the title of this book, Pamela Slim recalls, "After decades of watching my dad work, I realized that he was not just building a career (although he was a very successful professional photographer), he was not just being a volunteer (although he spend hundreds of hours of unpaid time on community projects), but he was creating a deep and rich body of work that not only had great meaning and significance to him but also created considerable change and value in his community."
She makes skillful use of several reader-friendly devices in Chapters 1-7. They include various exercises to complete, examples anchored in real-world experience, and boxed vignettes and FYIs to illustrate key points. These devices achieve two separate but related and critically important objectives: They enable her reader to interact with the material provided in her narrative, and, they facilitate, indeed expedite frequent review of key material later.
These are among the dozens of subjects and issues of special interest and value to me, also listed to indicate the scope of Slim's coverage.
o How do you build a body of work? (Pages 12-13)
o The ingredients to make effort effective, and, Identifying one's ingredients (37-42)
o Work modes in the new world of work (55-59)
o How to expand your comfort zone (61-64)
o There Are Four Parts to Your Creative Process (81-89)
o The 20X Rule (97-99)
o Four skills needed to cope with fear and uncertainty (106-125)
o Avatars, ecosystems, and watering holes (134-139)
o Five ways to ask for help with marketing your business (151-152)
o Success in the new world of work, and, Body of Work Success Framework (162-169)
o Your definition of success (173-175)
o The two critical stories for career success, and The Persuasive Story Pattern (187-194)
o How to communicate clearly (199-206)
o The skills Pamela Slim's father used to create his body of work (218-220)
I agree with the concluding remarks that Pamela Slim shares with her reader: "Viewing your career as a body if work will give you more choice, financial security, and creative freedom. The world is not going to serve up neat career tracks anymore. You cannot guarantee that your business or nonprofit will survive in a constantly changing economic landscape. But you can choose the kinds of projects that are worth completing and the type of life that is worth living."
Presumably she agrees with me that choosing the kinds of relationships that are worth having is at least as important as choosing the kinds of projects that are worth completing. All of "creative and brave people" she discusses in this book, and especially her father, built a body of work that was primarily the result of service to others, of on-going efforts "to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world."