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Whistle while you work : heeding your life's calling
Leider, Richard.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 153 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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HF5381 .L3515 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HF5381 .L3515 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HF5381 .L3515 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Everyone has a calling with a unique purpose to fulfill in the world. Heeding it is about deliberately choosing a way of life and work consistent with individual gifts, passions, and values. Through powerful stories and a guided exploration of 52 possible callings, Whistle While You Work helps readers discover how to make a living doing what they were born to do. The authors provide a framework for embracing a very abstract subject in a systematic, practical, and fun way. And their Calling Cards "TM" help readers develop answers to profound life questions as they learn to "listen with the third ear" to cultivate a mode of searching that isn't limited to the merely tangible.

Author Notes

Richard J. Leider is a founding partner of the Inventure Group, a training firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota devoted to helping individuals, leaders, and teams discover the power of purpose. His clients include many Fortune 500 companies. Leider is author or coauthor of six previous books, including the bestselling Repacking Your Bags, The Power of Purpose, The Inventurers, and Life Skills. For more information, please visit A. Shapiro is the Education Director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, a non-profit organization that brings philosophy into the lives of young people in schools and community groups.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"If we're spending our precious hours feeling half-alive as we drag ourselves through tasks that we abhor, then we're wasting our most precious commodity of all: time," warn Leider and Shapiro, coauthors of the bestselling Repacking Your Bags, in this intelligent and inspirational guide to discovering meaningful work. For those stuck in a job rut, they propose self-directed exercises to assess personal gifts and aptitudes, passions and values, so that readers can define their "calling," which the authors define as "the inner urge to give our gifts away." They also provide engaging stories of a wide variety of workers who have found ways to express their individual callings within conventional job titles. Leider and Shapiro maintain that when a calling serves to promote one of our passions in an environment consistent with our core values, we maximize our chances for infusing work with joy and meaning. Despite their enthusiasm, Leider and Shapiro acknowledge that all workers have to take responsibility for having "courageous conversations" with themselves, and they do not downplay readers' resistance to confronting tough realities, change and risk. Emphasizing their own successes and those of the others who have found their callings, the authors remind readers that "the only regrets we really have are the risks we didn't take." (Apr.) Forecast: With workplaces growing more impersonal, job-satisfaction ratings sinking and the economy stagnating, this lively and commonsensical guide, with its hopeful message and lack of jargon, could prove irresistible to readers who pick it up and its attractive price makes it accessible to workers at all salary levels. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved