Through work, human beings earn for themselves and their families, make a difficult world habitable, and with imagination, create some meaning from what they do and how they do it.
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It is the greatest and most often missed opportunity of our lives - to know, as the English poet William Blake said, what it is to have a firm persuasion, to feel you can move mountains. Now David Whyte brings Blake's words to the tasks that occupy most of our waking hours: "To have a firm persuasion in our work– to feel that what we do is right for ourselves and good for the world at the exact same time– is one of the great triumphs of human existence." 

Our greatest opportunity for discovery and growth, according to bestselling author and Fortune 500 consultant David Whyte, is in the thing we most often want to get away from: our work. It's where people spend the majority of their time, and it's where many spend much of it wishing they were somewhere else, doing something else. And it's where people often spend their time not being present, and not being themselves. Whyte points out that "as human beings we are the one part of creation that can refuse to be itself. Our bodies can be present in our work, but our hearts, minds, and imaginations can be placed firmly in neutral or engaged elsewhere."

Being engaged elsewhere is damaging to our souls. Crossing the Unknown Sea is about reawakening the sleeping captain in use before that soul crashed on the rocks. The book takes us on the holiest of pilgrimages– to the center of identity and the roots of growth. David Whyte, who has been profiled in The New York Times and BusinessWeek for his powerful corporate workshops, brings a new practicality to finding fulfillment and nurturing our deepest identities at work. This unique blend of poetry, gifted storytelling, and personal experience is wrapped in Whyte's lyrically inspired and powerful prose. After reading Crossing the Unknown Sea, you will see horizons where before you saw only walls. This is a life-changing work about discovery and the shaping of identity in conversation with the world.