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What is Your Life's Work?: Answer the BIG Question About What Really Matters...and Reawaken the Passion for What You Do Hardcover – May 3, 2005
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Recent research suggests that 75% of all American workers are disengaged from what they do every day and are seeking new work: they've lost sight (and their employers have lost sight), says Jensen, of what really matters most to them. After advising people on bringing simplicity to their lives, Jensen now uses letters written by people from all walks of life and career stages to show how one can recover that sense of purpose. He presents a wide variety of viewpoints and wisdom illustrating the five discoveries that can come from writing a letter expressing the important life lessons one has learned and taking stock of one's values, from "finding yourself" to "finding joy, serenity and fulfillment." Jensen does a wonderful job of pulling together meaningful, often moving letters gathered in the course of his consulting work, many of them missives to children or grandchildren that reflect hard-earned knowledge: a former police officer and prison guard "bequeaths [her] spirit of unrest"; a one-time Microsoft executive writes to her mentees that "I was so completely seduced by the excitement [of work], the adventure... I often forgot I had a body, that that body had limits...." While not every letter in this book will resonate with every reader, there is an abundance of meaningful philosophy, insight and advice. (May)
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“The most powerful book about life at work that I have ever read.” (Stephen C. Lundin, aka The Big Tuna, Ph.D., author of the best-selling FISH! book series)
“The candor and human decency expressed in this book should be benchmarks for every decision made on every job.” (Karen Katen, President, Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals)
“What Is Your Life’s Work? reminds us how short and precious our lives are, helping us recover our own wisdom...” (Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation and What We Ache For)
“Unique, heartfelt, and practical approach to finding the courage to do more of what’s important and less of what isn’t.” (Julie Jansen, author of I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This)
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In an age when it's been said that the art of letter writing is dead, this book dares to raise the subject of we can best find a balance between work and the rest of our life. The intense passion conveyed in most of the letters helps bring this subject to life in a way that is sure to help anyone rekindle their own inner fire, and regain a sense of what it is we're all working for that really matters.
Bill Jensen is a self-described simpleton dedicated to fighting corporate stupidity. Living a simple life in this complicated world is challenge enough, but this brave soul has committed to an even deeper mission. Cutting through the stupidity, bureaucracy, and politics, you'll discover that corporations are comprised of people. People. Ordinary, heart's-in-the-right-place people. These people have feelings, experiences, perspectives, and stories to tell. They have vital messages to pass on to others.
Jensen has collected those messages. Thousands of them, in the form of letters. Written documentaries from the depths of consciousness of the writers. Some are short, some long. Some deep and profound, others relatively shallow. Each has a message. This book is a collection of samples of the letters Jensen has collected. They are assembled on these pages, not to be read necessarily from cover to cover, but to be selected and absorbed at will. Picking and choosing letters, as the author suggests, is not easy-you'll probably read most of them anyway.
The letters are organized into chapters representing what Jensen calls his Five Discoveries: Finding Yourself, Finding the Lessons to be Learned and the Questions to be Asked, Finding the Choices that Really Matter, Finding the Courage to Choose, and Finding Joy, Serenity, and Fulfillment.
The book concludes with a valuable chapter on getting started with your own understandings and choices. This publication is a learning, a sharing, an inspiration to look more carefully at your own life to see what really matters. Curl up with this book next week-end.
Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik (1826-1887).
"We cannot go back and make a new start, but we can start and make a new ending." (as quoted by Mac Anderson in "Companies Don't Succeed...People Do!")
"The thing about reality shows is they offer the same appeal of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, but it's all a game. There's a happy ending." (source unknown)
This is a powerful book, because in a sense, it captures the epitaphs of the living.
It demonstrates that the specter of death loses much of its power over us when we purposefully reassert our right to a Life worth valuing -- when we carry our predecessors' collective example, something greater than ourselves, forward into posterity.
Being actively present lets us regain the perspective needed to take back control of the steering wheel, and extract ourselves from the ruts of regretfulness (rear-view mirror).
Jensen establishes that it takes courage to re-examine one's Life as being more than just the recovery period between bouts of work: more than a faint dance of light across terminals, screens and filters that eclipse the precious moments in our midst, never to be recaptured.
According to Jensen ([...] "Everything a company does uses a portion of its people's lives, and it is a leader's responsibility to make sure that their time is used wisely . . . Time stolen from you at work means less time for whatever really matters to you." He also mentions challenging our limiting belief system, and not settling for experiences pressured upon us by others.
In other words, it's imperative that we create a space for our inner voices to surface, and our gifts to be appreciated. If we don't respect ourselves by setting boundaries and defining for ourselves what matters, no one else will.
While we all take great pride in our accomplishments and accumulated experience at work, we also have to know when not to hide behind it as an excuse. When we maintain a self that is distinct from what we do to make a living, we can more easily accept and embrace the life lessons that others are willing to share with us.