Resource Review – Body of Work, by Pamela Slim
Pamela Slim’s second book nicely complements her first book (Escape From Cubicle Nation), and it greatly enhances her own personal Body of Work.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know I’m already big fan of Pam – blogger, career coach, and fellow Arizona desert dweller. Plus her husband is Darryl – how could you NOT like somebody married to another Daryl? 🙂
Her first book focused on making the jump to small business. But unlike most business books, she also addressed the emotional side of starting a business – the fear, uncertainty, and even how to tell your spouse and/or family what you really want to do.
Her second book examines at a much wider range of career options – as entrepreneurs, corporate employees, non-profits, and more. The focus here is on finding your own way and creating your own story.
As Guy Kawsaksi says, “”Pam Slim shows you how to thrive by building a body of work out of your experiences, knowledge, and accomplishments… (leading to) fulfillment, joy, and inner peace.”
But it is more than philosophy and touching success stories. The book also includes work sheets and exercises to help you figure out how to develop your own personal body of work. (Nicely complements the classic What Color Is Your Parachute?) Good nuts and bolts stuff from an accomplished author and career coach!
P.S. After reading Pam’s new book, I reflected on my own Body of Work. Or more precisely, Bodies of Work.
Body of Work I represents my engineering career – at least the past 30+ years as a consulting engineer. It includes writing three technical books and over 200 technical articles (co-authored with my business partner), training over 10,000 engineers, and solving/preventing hundreds of engineering problems.
All aimed at improving electronic products and systems across a wide range of industries. As I look back on my consulting career, it is very satisfying.
Body of Work II represents the JumpToConsulting project – still very much a work in progress. The blog continues to grow, and plans are in place to share more information/ideas in more ways with those interested in starting/building/managing a professional consulting practice.
I’ve already been privileged to help several aspiring consultants begin their journey into the wacky world of consulting. That too is very satisfying-and thanks for riding along!
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