The Only Certain Freedom: The Transformative Journey of the Entrepreneur

The Only Certain Freedom: The Transformative Journey of the Entrepreneur

by Patrick O'Neill

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The Only Certain Freedom: The Transformative Journey of the Entrepreneur by Patrick O'Neill

The Only Certain Freedom explores the process, pitfalls, and triumphs of leaving the corporate world in order to fashion a career that matches our heartfelt values. Written by management consultant, teacher, and writer, Patrick O’Neill, this book will help budding entrepreneurs find the courage of their convictions, discover the universal truths that underlie their personal hero journey, and turn their nascent hope for a better career and more fulfilling life into reality.

The Only Certain Freedom tells the narrative of Patrick O’Neill’s own experience as he struggled to take control of his career path while connecting each twist and turn of his story to different ancient myths, clarifying the common threads of human struggle and illuminating the profound wisdom at the heart of human experience.

While The Only Certain Freedom is truly a book for our era of empowered individualism, it is also a testament to the universality of human experience from time immemorial. While it promotes the individual seeker, it also connects his or her journey to the hardship and joy that all of us face when we decide to take the risks necessary to find success.

The Only Certain Freedom shows that while we often think of our experiences as unique, we are, at the end of the day, fallible humans and we have as much to learn from each other—past and present—as ever.

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Patrick O’Neill leads Extraordinary Conversations Inc., a Toronto-based management consulting firm founded in 1988.

The firm specializes in change management, leadership development, team performance, organizational communications, and conflict resolution.

A gifted teacher, consultant, mediator, and mentor, Patrick has worked with thousands of people and hundreds of teams and organizations over thirty years. He has contributed to the practices of leadership and wise governance by developing leading-edge organizational effectiveness programs that are practical, pragmatic, and applicable to the workplace and community.

Patrick’s expertise in organizational dynamics has taken him to global corporations in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific; to the townships of South Africa; and to the peace process in the Middle East.

His corporate clients have included the Boeing Company, Teva Pharmaceuticals, the Ontario Pension Board, CIBC World Markets, the Walt Disney Company, Saab, Kraft, Nestlé, Pearson, Revlon, Telus, and Sony BMG Music as well as mid-sized and smaller organizations.

Patrick was a volunteer board member of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research, a non-profit charitable organization based in San Francisco. He is also a past president of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. Currently, he is a volunteer advisor to War Child Canada, Pathways to Education, and the Adrian Dominican Sisters. He is also an advisor to Ryerson University’s Certificate in Ethics program. Patrick’s insights on leadership are regularly featured in national newspapers like the Globe and Mail. He is also the author of A Hundred Chances: Short Meditations on Opportunity, Risk and Probability.

www.extraordinaryconversations.com

www.thefourdirections.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775172208
Publisher: Thunder Mountain
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 677,659
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Patrick O'Neill leads Extraordinary Conversations Inc., a Toronto-based management consulting firm founded in 1988.
The firm specializes in change management, leadership development, team performance, organizational communications, and conflict resolution.
A gifted teacher, consultant, mediator, and mentor, Patrick has worked with thousands of people and hundreds of teams and organizations over thirty years. He has contributed to the practices of leadership and wise governance by developing leading-edge organizational effectiveness programs that are practical, pragmatic, and applicable to the workplace and community.
Patrick's expertise in organizational dynamics has taken him to global corporations in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific; to the townships of South Africa; and to the peace process in the Middle East.
His corporate clients have included the Boeing Company, Teva Pharmaceuticals, the Ontario Pension Board, CIBC World Markets, the Walt Disney Company, Saab, Kraft, Nestlé, Pearson, Revlon, Telus, and Sony BMG Music as well as mid-sized and smaller organizations.
Patrick was a volunteer board member of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research, a non-profit charitable organization based in San Francisco. He is also a past president of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. Currently, he is a volunteer advisor to War Child Canada, Pathways to Education, and the Adrian Dominican Sisters. He is also an advisor to Ryerson University's Certificate in Ethics program. Patrick's insights on leadership are regularly featured in national newspapers like the Globe and Mail. He is also the author of A Hundred Chances: Short Meditations on Opportunity, Risk and Probability.
www.extraordinaryconversations.com www.thefourdirections.com

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction 1

1 A Crisis of Meaning 7

2 A Great Darkness 13

3 The Jonah Less ons 21

4 What Matters Most 29

5 The Labyrinth 37

6 The Monster Within 43

7 Defeating the Self-Critic 53

8 Uncertainty 63

9 Gestation 69

10 Escape Artist 79

11 Departure 87

12 The Fool’s Journey 95

13 The Good Samaritan 105

14 The Disrupter of Programs 113

15 Epiphany 119

16 Gold 131

Epilogue 135

Afterword 145

Notes 147

Bibliography 151

About the Author 155

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