WorkLife Book Of The Week: How To Use Turning Points To Start Something Different And Better

Welcome to WorkLife Book Of The Week. Every week Monday through Sunday I serialise a story from the School of WorkLife book series. I do this each day in under 280 characters, which I post across my social media channels. Then at the end of each week, I bring all 7 daily posts together here as 1 weekly blog post, which I also share on my podcast: WorkLife Book Wisdom.

This week’s WorkLife Book of The Week is: How To Use Turning Points To Start Something Different And Better

This week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Life is Too Short Not to Be Living it Fully

Carmel’s story of how the loss of her brother led her to reevaluate her WorkLife, to think through what was important in her day-to-day living and the legacy she wanted to work towards leaving behind. 

MONDAY

There have been a few turning points in my life that have caused me to stop and think about what’s important to me and to consider what I want from my WorkLife. Sadly, one of those occasions was when my brother Kieran died aged just 42. Kieran had lived very much in the present 

TUESDAY

and enjoyed the simple things in life. I remember his wife Christina telling me how in the summer once their four girls were in bed, they’d sit in their garden and watch the sunset. As well as bringing up four daughters they also gave their time generously to support the families

WEDNESDAY

who’d been impacted by the Chernobyl nuclear explosion. Every summer they would welcome children from Chernobyl to stay with them. Their stay in Ireland allowed the children to relax and recuperate during the summer months. It was important for Kieran and Christina to give back 

THURSDAY

or indeed give forward. Thinking about my brother caused me to realise that I needed to live in the present and make every day worthwhile. It also made me question what contribution I wanted to make, to give back, to give forward. It made me go deeper in my questions around what 

FRIDAY

legacy I wanted to leave behind. I took a step back to evaluate my most important values to consider what needed to change in my WorkLife to honour these. What I could do differently to make it better. I’d worked in investment banking for several years. I enjoyed the work and 

SATURDAY

worked with great people. However, the hours were long and I wasn’t spending as much time with my family as I would have liked. I made the decision to leave banking and set up in business myself. This took time, as first I needed to figure out what I wanted to do next; and once 

SUNDAY

I did, I then needed to retrain. Although tough, it was extremely enjoyable and from the outset, I was carving a WorkLife in line with my needs and values. Now I both plan for tomorrow and live for today. At times it can be extremely challenging but it’s also extremely rewarding. 

That’s a wrap on this week’s WorkLife Story of The Week:  Life is Too Short Not to Be Living it Fully, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Use Turning Points To Start Something Different And Better

If you enjoyed Carmel’s story, you may also like to learn about her fuller WorkLife story and the exercises that helped her to live her life more fully.  And how she now both plans for tomorrow and lives for today, along with the other stories and assignments in this week’s WorkLife Book of The Week: How To Use Turning Points To Start Something Different And Better

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Come back next Sunday for next week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Carmel’s story: What Completely Engages and Inspires You in Your WorkLife and How Can You Use This to Create Your Go-Be-Do Joie De Vivre WorkLife Living Plan, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Build Your WorkLife Around What Engages And Inspires You

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The School of WorkLife book series are designed to help you manage your own WorkLife Learning.

Each book tells real WorkLife stories of the successes and challenges people encountered in their WorkLife. Each book also includes the exercises that helped navigate these situations, which are presented as assignments for you to work through.

The stories I share are based on real life WorkLife situations – case studies of the challenges and successes people experienced in navigating the chapters of their WorkLife Story.

I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and also a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.

I hope you enjoy the stories and find them helpful in navigating the chapters of your WorkLife story.

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of School Of WorkLife Books & Your WorkLife Your Way: Created to help you manage your WorkLife Learning Blogger & Podcaster: Telling people’s powerful stories about WorkLife challenges & successes Founder of www.schoolofworklife.com My guiding statement is to help people pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, passion, purpose and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.

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