My Plan B: Making My Book Available For Free By Carmel O’ Reilly

Your WorkLife Your Way Free 9 Week Programme. Managing and Navigating Your WorkLife in Times of Change and Uncertainty.

My Plan B: Making My Book Available For Free is part of a series of people’s Plan B stories. Stories of what people did when life threw them a curveball, when they had to regroup and rethink their WorkLife plan. Stories of sometimes unimaginable pain and loss. Stories of courage and strength in the face of adversity. Stories of resilience, reinvention and ultimately recovery.

My Plan B: Making My Book Available For Free A Case Study:

My Plan B

Your WorkLife Your Way Free 9 Week Programme. Managing and Navigating Your WorkLife in Times of Change and Uncertainty.

Those were the opening lines of a message I shared across all of my social media platforms. This is my full message: 

Your WorkLife Your Way Free 9 Week Programme: Managing and Navigating Your WorkLife in Times of Change and Uncertainty.

I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. During these strange times which we’re all living through together, while apart, I thought of ways I could give back. My inspiration to create WorkLifeIncorporated came from a lifelong passion for learning, which has taught me that the one thing in life that can never be taken away from you is your learning.

Since 2003 I’ve worked as a WorkLife Consultant helping people manage, develop and transition their WorkLives in both good and challenging times. My work and subsequently my book: Your WorkLife Your Way focuses on helping people live their best WorkLives by managing their learning, development and growth, through effective self-feedback, insightful questions and the ability to shape and tell their unique story. 

Now more than ever, I want to uphold what life has taught me. To do this I’m making my book available for free. I’m doing this chapter by chapter three days a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays over the course of 9 weeks from Tuesday 14/4/20 to Saturday 13/6/20. It’s structured as a course which people can work through. It’s the same structure I’ve used to support many people in navigating their WorkLives in times of change and uncertainty. 

The ‘Look Inside’ view of the book Your WorkLife Your Way, which you can see on Amazon, and on my website will allow you to know the topics covered. If you think this will be helpful to you or to someone you know, you can subscribe to read. If you can help to share this, I’d really appreciate it. Thank you. Be Well and Stay Safe.

That’s my Plan B. This was my Plan A:

  1. Publish my book Your WorkLife Your Way by the end of 2019 – I accomplished this;
  2. Launch a weekly series of WorkLife Book Wisdom Stories in both Blog and Podcast format beginning January 2010 – I accomplished this;
  3. Publish Your WorkLife Your Way The Workbook companion in February 2020 – I accomplished this;
  4. Develop a series of in-person workshops ready to market by March 2020 – I accomplished this, but then the pandemic hit and so I had to cancel the events I had planned, and put them on hold for now;
  5. From April 2020 begin to approach bookshops, libraries, local business and community groups with a view to doing book readings and/or short workshops – that has had to go on hold for now;
  6. Have an official book launch in May – that has had to go on hold for now;
  7. Throughout the summer do a wider book tour both here in the UK and in Ireland – that has had to go on hold for now;
  8. Throughout this time work on my next book, ready to send to my publisher by December 2020 – I am working on this, and hopefully I will accomplish it. It’s a book to help people find, develop and tell their unique WorkLife Stories – Watch this space!

I’m actually OK with where I’m at with everything right now. I’m really pleased with everything I have accomplished. I’m really pleased I was in a position to have my book ready to make it available to people for free, because it’s a core value of mine to help people, to give back or to give forward. As I mentioned earlier, it’s the same structure I’ve used to support many people in navigating their WorkLives in times of change and uncertainty, while managing both the emotional and practical needs these times both inflict and demand. In time I hope to be able to pick up and complete the things I’ve had to put on hold, I have to admit I was looking forward to running the workshops, along with the book launch and the book tours, and hopefully I will get to do those in person. 

In the meantime, I’m working on virtual courses, a virtual book launch and a virtual tour behind the scenes. I’m actually taking quite a slow approach to this. I know I could have worked to launch these earlier, but I chose not to. Instead I’m making the most of my isolation by reading, researching and learning as much as I can to help my writing, and in turn to continue to help people in managing, developing and navigating their WorkLives.  I’m enjoying this so much and getting a lot of writing done as a result. I’ve got a few projects in mind: the book I mentioned earlier about helping people find, develop and tell their unique WorkLife stories, this blog/podcast which I’ll publish as a book at the end of the year, and a number of other books – the ideas of which I’ll share with you sometime in the not too distant future.

Book Wisdom

A book that has helped me throughout this time is Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. It’s about facing adversity, building resilience and finding joy. From the inside cover: “After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again.” She said: “I was in ‘the void’, a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend and psychologist Adam Grant, told her: “There are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.”

Depending on the impact these current times will have on our WorkLives, the strength of those muscles we need to build will be different for each one of us. For some, sadly as with Sheryl the loss of a loved one will be the most devastating and painful, for others it will be a different kind of loss, perhaps the loss of a WorkLife they once knew. We all live with some form of option B. This book will help us all make the most of it. 

The book talks about a chalkboard that was put up in the middle of New York City, asking people to write their biggest regret. “Of the hundreds of answers, most had one thing in common: the majority of regrets were about failures to act, not actions that failed.” 

Take time to reflect on the question: What is my biggest regret? 

Then through self-feedback consider what you can do if: a) there’s something you can do to change the outcome to overcome this regret; or b) the time has passed to change the outcome to overcome this regret, consider what you need to do to ensure you live your WorkLife without further regret of this kind.

Sage Wisdom

“None of us can escape sadness, loss, or life’s disappointments, so the best option is to find our Option B.” Malala Yousafzai 

Words of Wisdom

“Both individually and collectively, we all need to understand the power of rehabilitation and recovery if we are to overcome adversity.” Bryan Stevenson 

Epilogue

Your loss from Covid-19 may be great, and it’s important to allow yourself time to grieve. In whatever time it takes that is right for you, accepting that the plans and expectations that you had for your WorkLife have been lost for now and perhaps forever, because of the pandemic, will enable you to find a new direction. 

Today’s book of the blog is: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.

Disclosure: I participate in the Amazon Associate Programme. This means if you click through and make a purchase through my referral links, I’ll be compensated. Using the links won’t cost you anything extra, and it helps to keep the blog. Thank you.

WorkLife Book Wisdom 

The intention of this blog is to inspire you through people’s stories of their WorkLife experiences. Through these stories you will learn about people’s dreams and ambitions, along with the challenges, obstacles and successes they encountered along the road of their WorkLife journey. And how they used the power of book wisdom to help them find the inspiration and guidance to navigate their path to live their WorkLife with passion, purpose and pride. 

My hope is that these book wisdom stories will help you throughout the chapters of your WorkLife Story.

Published by Carmel O' Reilly

I’m Carmel O’ Reilly, Founder of www.worklifeincorporated.com. I’m the author Your WorkLife Your Way, blogger and podcaster on the subject of WorkLife. My work focuses on helping people to live their best WorkLives, by managing their learning, development and growth, through effective self-feedback, insightful self-questions and the ability to shape and tell their unique story. My Mission is: “To spread the power of WorkLives lived with Passion, Purpose and Pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.”

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