WorkLife Book Of The Week: How To Make Your Values Matter

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 Make Your Values Matter.

This week’s WorkLife Story of The Week is: A WorkLife Change is Needed When Values are Out of Sync:

Ted’s story of going from Nuclear Research Engineer to Urbanisation Planner, in order to live his WorkLife with Passion, purpose and pride.


Ted worked in nuclear research. There was a lot about his work he enjoyed, except for one fundamental element: ‘nuclear energy’ went against his values.  At first he hadn’t thought about how he felt about environmental issues, but now this was a serious consideration for him. 


Ted was at the point where he knew a change in his career was necessary to allow him to feel more satisfaction in his work and to have a job that he was proud of. He wanted a career that was progressive. His professional and personal development was important to him. 


Ted’s skills included the project work he had been involved in, the problem solving and the team working that supported the constant exchange of ideas and knowledge. He had developed strong presentation and communication skills, and was comfortable interacting at all levels.


Ted’s research and conversations opened up his thinking to urban planning, and although this was a new area to him, his skills, experience, interests, attributes, motivated abilities and potential were quite a good fit and extremely transferable. And it honoured his values.


To fulfil his desire to move from Europe to Australia, Ted decided that because he was moving into a new industry it was unlikely that an organisation would sponsor his work visa at the outset, so he chose to travel on a one-year visa, which allowed him to work during his stay.


And so Ted set off on his adventure to Australia to establish himself in a new career and a different lifestyle. He has secured an interim role working within urban planning, and I have every confidence this will lead to a full-time position sponsored by the organisation.


By staying in tune with your values, through insightful questions and self-feedback, if something goes out of sync, you will be in a position to identify what that is and take the necessary steps to do what is right for you in realigning your WorkLife true to you values.

That’s a wrap on this week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: A WorkLife Change is Needed When Values are Out of Sync, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Make Your Values Matter.

If you enjoyed Ted’s story, you may also like to learn about his fuller story, and the exercises that helped him in having the clarity he needed, in doing what was right for him, in honouring his WorkLife values, along with the other story and assignments in this week’s Book of the Week: How To Make Your Values Matter

Click on the above image to see a preview of what’s inside, along with the main ideas and the meaning behind these.

Come back next Sunday for next week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Discovering My WorkLife Purpose from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Use Your Purpose To Help Others.

Click on the above image to see a preview of what’s inside, along with the main ideas and the meaning behind these.

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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

I’m Carmel O’ Reilly, Founder of 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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