Body of Work August 26 2014

I’m going to a book club in September. Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together (affiliate link) is the book we’ll be discussing. The timing couldn’t have been better for this book to hit my radar, as I could relate to a lot of it since I’m going back to school and looking to change my career path a bit. Pamela Slim makes the case that job changes are inevitable, and the days of working at one company for your entire career are gone. Because of this she writes that it’s important to take into account your entire body of work. Your body of work is everything from that different jobs you’ve had, volunteer gigs, your passions, education, talents, and even hobbies. She discusses how it’s possible to incorporate more than one of these things to find or create a job that you really enjoy. I was always told that my education dictated what job I would have down the road, but that hasn’t necessarily been true for me. The job that I enjoy the most and have had for the longest has nothing to do with my education. I don’t have any kind of botanical or plant background, but I’ve really loved working with native plants. Being able to work outside, enjoy nature’s beauty, and show other people how pretty nature can be makes me excited about going to work in the morning. I got hired for another job because I had experience doing essentially the same thing, but as a volunteer when I was in school. I managed to leverage my volunteer experience to make money doing something I was passionate about. Pamela has a lot of great things that she talks about. Some of it was useful for me, and some of it applied more to people in corporate jobs. What I think everyone can relate to is wanting to find/create a job that means something to them and others. Everyone wants to feel like their work makes a difference. I ended up liking Body of Work so much that I just picked up her first book, Escape From Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur (affiliate link), from the library yesterday. I’m only a few chapters in so far, but I’m enjoying it too. I’m looking forward to hearing about what the other people in the book club thought about the book. Have you read Body of Work? What did you think about it?

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Book Review: Body of Work