Not for Sale: Saving Your Soul and Your Sanity at Work


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Chatting with neighbors, going to church, or even unfettered family time have become a quaint memory for many people in a corporate culture that expects more and more from its employees. In Not For Sale, J. Murray Elwood examines the odd transformation that has taken place--work has become "home" and home has become "work," especially for young professionals. Not For Sale shows todays slaves to the office, fax and cell phone how to preserve their humanity despite often inhumane demands, how to balance the responsibilities of the workday with the yearnings of the heart.

Elwood helps troubled men and women combine their values with their employment to find an inner-peace that gives their job a certain spirituality, an unlikely union that has become essential to salvage personal relationships and individual sanity. Not everything comes down to the bottom line--yours or your companys. Not For Sale shows professionals how to find purpose beyond the mighty dollar.

Not For Sale debunks the myth that workaholics are good for a company. You may be pulling down $250,000 a year, but it is of little use if you do not know your spouse and find yourself searching for something more. Work addiction so drains some professionals that they lose their love of life and sense of well-being. Elwood describes the dangers of working too much--the narrowing focus of your external interests, a burgeoning ego, destructive temper and emotional isolation--and how to avoid them.

Not For Sale offers a blueprint to break the cycle, including ways to leave a bad job, if financially possible. Elwood helps professionals take control of their careers, instead of relying on lifes autopilot, making their lives and work more meaningful. People who find purpose in the workplace have a sense of the sacred in their lives and, in turn, they infuse the workplace with more meaning, uplifting the spirits of a generation that relates better to Dilbert than to each other.

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