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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Balloon View Ltd (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954715594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954715595
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Nick Williams passion and expertise is helping people to find purpose and fulfilment in their work, and for twenty years he has traveled the world inspiring people to a work ethic of joy. He is the author of five books, speaker, coach, mentor and broadcaster, as well as the subject of more than a thousand media features. He co-founded www.inspired-entrepreneur.com, which supports people creating successful businesses around the work they love. Nick is also invited to work with many household name companies like IKEA, BT, Merrill Lynch, McKinsey, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Yo Sushi and many universities, as well as spiritual organizations.


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Most of the case studies were simply out-of-touch with modern life. Felt like I was reading an instruction manual for bored millionaires.
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Quote from the book, "We are here to live the truth of who we are, which is more magnificent than anything we can imagine, but try telling that to your boss or mentioning it at your next interview!" And there's the problem. All the examples of people realising their potential/dreams are stories of people with lucrative jobs that do not fulfil them emotionally, who give up to become healers/gurus/counsellors and join the self-help community. If everyone took the advice in this book, we'd all starve to death at a Mindfulness workshop. It's pleasantly written, but essentially there are lots of exercises that will leave you with a piece of paper with your dreams/personal statement/navel-gazing ruminations on what you think God wants you to do and no idea of how to actually quit your job without going bankrupt. There is lip service to the idea that you can work purposefully in your current job, but this is better and more practically expressed in Cal Newport's "So Good They Can't Ignore You." The spiritual aspect is also very unfocused, a New Age-y hodge podge of Christianity, Buddhism and well-worn quotations that appear on inspirational desktop wallpaper the world over. I suspect a lot of people approaching this book will be confused, and dissatisfied with their current job and lifestyle, and would benefit from some soul-searching followed by practical changes, but I don't think this 400-page wallow will give afford anyone the kind of clarity and determination that would be of benefit in that situation.
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This has to be one of my all time favourite books on career change. Nick speaks from personal experience as he has travelled this road before you changing from a career in computer sales which left him bored and unfulfilled to running his own multi-faceted business which inspires others to take a risk and go for the Work You Were Born To Do.

The book helps you to define what this work is for you, helps you to identify and undo the conditioning that gets in your way and guides you towards finding work that will be meaningful and will enable you to earn a living.

This book is written from the heart so if you are looking for inspiration to help you take action on your career change, I can think of no better place to start.
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This book is summed up for me in the publisher's review where it quotes Stephen R Covey's comment on it: "Beautiful sequencing of proven principles". I'm not sure I'd say beautiful, but I do think it's a cobbling together of things that other people have already identified and written about, without going out of its way to reference or acknowledge anyone else. For example, from reading this you would think the author had invented the idea of affirmations/positive thinking.

I'm a bit weary of self help books where the author has dealt with adversity by writing a book/creating a business advising others on dealing with that adversity. I know there can be a "wounded healer" aspect to this, a desire to help others through a similar challenge. There can also sometimes be a feeling of opportunism about it. If this book had been more original in its content I might have got a different impression of it.

If you aren't already familiar with the principles from other sources, then I suppose this could be a helpful book. I prefer "What Color is Your Parachute" as encouraging new ways of looking at yourself and your working life while feeling (to me) more heartfelt, thorough and down to earth.
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