In “Blow up traditional careers in favor of bodies of work,” Pamela Slim explains her approach in helping frustrated employees break out of corporate jobs. She says:
What is your body of work?
Your body of work is everything you say, affect, create, contribute and impact.
Smiling at your neighbor every morning as you get the paper can contribute to your bigger desire to see more happiness and joy in the world.
Your jaunt in a legal career may be a very important part of your body of work contributing to the health of busy professionals through your yoga-based health and wellness practice (see Kelly Newsome’s story here and site here)
My passion for and commitment to seeing and stoking the fire of creation inside all human beings has led me from community development projects on the outskirts of Bogotá to non-profit education to teaching martial arts to corporate consulting to entrepreneur coaching and writing a book. And it will take me new directions in the future, without having to feel constrained by any one audience or business or job title.
A body of work is big and deep and complex. It allows you to experiment and play and change and test.
It supports creative freedom.
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Thinking about having a “body of work” rather than a “career” can be a useful way of reframing a major change of course, and helping you to stay grounded through a turbulent period of time. Not everyone’s work life fits the mold of a conventional career, but when you think in more flexible terms you can often find a unifying theme that helps you to make the most of what you do.