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Book Review: Fearless at Work: Timeless Teachings for Awakening Confidence, Resilience, and Creativity in the Face of Life’s Demands by Michael Carroll

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Are you fearful at work?  Are you overwhelmed and struggle with on-the-job challenges? Do you have a difficult time keeping a job because of costly errors you make or misunderstandings? If you answered any of these questions in the affirmative, Fearless at Work by  Michael Carroll is for you.

Most of us want to be happy, successful, stress-free, effective, fulfilled, and appreciated at work. However, instead many of us are very unhappy and unsure of ourselves.

Workplace confidence seems to be elusive to us. We find ourselves hoping for success, chasing happiness, craving rewards, and usually fearing the worst. We can change this mindset from fearful to fearless by stepping past our panic-stricken mind and instead trusting our intuition, Carroll suggests.

According to Carroll, deep within us we have a natural fearlessness. It is intuition-based and we should trust it.

Personally, connecting to this core can be very demanding. We often need help to express such confidence.

Fearless at Work  relies on Carroll’s Buddhist background and some of his teachings. He suggests that what we have to do is to sit down and be still. This seems easy but it isn’t, given our noisy and distracted era.  

Carroll believes that by exploring the ironies of cowardice, taming the mind, establishing a fearless presence and living a skilful life, we can come to terms with our true inner core and intuition.

This book should be meditated on and read one small piece of wisdom at a time. It is a deep book, one that must be read and pondered over and over again. 

It is not only is relevant to the workplace.  Most of what Carroll discusses can be applied to our personal lives. It will help us to be much more fearless, confident, and resilient at work, and in our private life. Now that is a life that is full and happy!

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