How to Take The Cork Out of the Bottle of Something You Want to Release

What You Need to Do First Is to Give It a Chance to Breathe

Resources to help you self-direct your WorkLife learning
Learning Resources From School of WorkLife. Resources to help you self-direct your WorkLife learning.

My First Book Was Like a Cork From a Bottle

I took out that cork and one year later I had published 2 paperbacks, 27 e-books and was working on my next paperback.

That’s 30 books!

The First two paperbacks I self-published – Your WorkLife Your Way – the book and the accompanying Your WorkLife Your Way Workbook.

Why?

Because I like to learn how to do things and self-publishing is a good way to learn how the world of books as a writer works.

I also self-published the 27 e-books — The School of WorkLife Book Series.

Why?

Because I think self-publishing is a good option for e-books.

I then worked with a publishing company on my next paperback, WorkLife Book Club.

Why?

Because I want to experience how that will be.

And also, the company belongs to the editor I worked with on my other books.

My first book, when I took the cork out of the bottle, led to many more books and to a relationship with a publisher.

It also led to many stories that I share on my website blog and on platforms for writers.

All of this happened because I took the cork out of the bottle of something I wanted to release and then I gave it a chance to breathe.

Have you an experience of taking a cork out of a bottle?

Or do you have a bottle you want to take a cork out of?

The stories I bring you are created from questions and answers drawn from WorkLife lessons. What I’m trying to do is to highlight different answers, to provide you with a pathway so that even if a particular story doesn’t apply to you, you understand there is a path to follow. 

Whatever you want to do, there is a clear path to it, and once you understand those steps, it becomes much more intuitive, and perhaps it even gives you the courage to get started. Because that’s what you need most, the courage to get started. The courage to take the cork out of the bottle.

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POSTSCRIPT

This story was originally published on 23/6/21. I needed to republish it to add updates and also to tell you 

… The Continuing Story …

The pandemic brought about a change in my WorkLife from delivering in-person individual coaching sessions and group workshops to creating resources to help people self direct their WorkLife learning.

In the last three years, I’ve published 30 books and over 200 stories.

Each book and each story is based on real life struggles and successes that people have encountered in their WorkLife. They also detail the exercises that helped navigate through these situations, which are set as assignments for readers to adapt to their WorkLife situations and learning needs.

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

My inspiration for creating my work comes from a lifelong passion for learning. My work has taught me that the one thing in life that can never be taken away from you is your learning. 

School of WorkLife Guiding Statement: To create resources that are helpful, insightful and inspiring in helping people to pursue their WorkLives with greater clarity, purpose, passion and pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes and resources that are accessible to everyone.

The resources I create will help you take ownership of self directing your learning in your own space and in your own time.

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School of WorkLife helps you self-direct your WorkLife learning through resources that have been created to help you to take ownership of your learning in your own space and in your own time. 

What is Self Directed Learning? 

Self-Directed Learning is when an individual is motivated to take the initiative and responsibility on decisions related to their own learning. It is a series of independent actions and judgements free from external control and constraint. 

Resources to Help You Self-Direct Your Learning 

You may find the books below from The School of WorkLife Book Series helpful in meeting your learning needs as a self directed learner. Tap the book title to see a preview of what’s inside each book.

How To Self-Coach, Direct and Lead Effectively

How To Let Curiosity Be Your Driving Force  

How To Be Vulnerable and Courageous  

Tap The School of WorkLife Book Series to view the complete collection of books. From here, you can tap on each individual title to see a preview of what’s inside each book.

Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning
Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning

Founder of School of WorkLife, Carmel O’ Reilly is a learning practitioner and writer. She creates resources to help people self-direct their WorkLife learning.  These include a Collection of Books which originated from her first book, Your WorkLife Your Way and a  Learn Through Reading Series of Case Studies.  which originated from her latest book WorkLife Book Club. 

That’s the power of writing (and reading, which is an integral part of the craft for writers). It helps you find, develop and tell the right story at the right time in all WorkLife situations – in day-to-day communication: WorkLife and feedback conversations, presentations, talks, and negotiations, at interviews, and when socialising and networking in building and maintaining good relationships. The practice of writing helps you to tell the stories that express who you are in an interesting and engaging way.

Published by Carmel O' Reilly

Carmel O’ Reilly: WorkLife Learning Practitioner & Writer Author of WorkLife Book Club, Your WorkLife Your Way and The School of WorkLife book series. 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.