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A Globe and Mail Best Business Book
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, CIBC, the Walt Disney Company, Saab, Kraft, Nestlé, Pearson, Revlon, and Sony BMG Music and many other organizations.
Patrick was a board member of the Angeles Arrien Foundation, a non-profit 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 also authored A Hundred Chances: Short Meditations on Opportunity, Risk and Probability.
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Advance praise for The Only Certain Freedom:
“A compelling and profound book about redemption in how we relate to work and the struggle to create something new in the world.” —Peter Block, author of Flawless Consulting
“A must-read for all those who have ever contemplated bold career moves at any age, as well as for those searching to infuse more passion and purpose into their lives.” —Dr. Samantha Nutt, bestselling author and founder of War Child Canada and USA
“Inspiring . . . Encourages us both professionally and personally to risk daily, forgive constantly, and remember that we are more than the habitual stories that have limited our choices.” —Frank Ostaseski, author of Five Invitations
“Don’t start a new business without reading this book.” —Dick and Emily Axelrod, co-authors of Let’s Stop Meeting Like This