Great work is not built on some ethereal formula of following your passion or getting the perfect job. It is based on the deep, powerful roots that keep you grinding in your startup or going slowly crazy writing your book because it MUST be done.

In this Bold Talk, author and business coach Pamela Slim hopes to make you consider that which shakes you to your core and drives your fist into the air.

Your Roots Are Showing. 

We hear it over and over - follow your passion, find your bliss, determine your purpose - but realistically, that's incredibly hard. Pamela reframes the idea by digging down deeper and helping you find what your roots are. She tells stories and poses questions that point to the roots that lie underneath the kind of long-lasting motivation that pushes you through the hard, slow work of being great at it.

When you stumble onto the things that make you mad, the things that must be done, and the things that truly nourish you, that's when your roots are showing.

Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and leader in the new world of work. She spent the first 10 years of her solo practice as a consultant to large corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of employees, managers and executives. In 2005, she started the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog, which is now one of the top career and business sites on the web. She has coached thousands of budding entrepreneurs, in businesses ranging from martial art studios to software start ups. Her new book, Body of Work, will be released with Penguin Portfolio on December 31, 2013.

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Pamela Slim is a business coach and author, Escape from Cubicle Nation. You can follow her on Twitter at @PamSlim.

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Originally published Jan 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated January 18 2023