I’m Going Full Steam Ahead


On Tuesday I did something I love to do but hadn’t done in a very long time.  I spent three hours in a public library.  I use the library regularly to check out books or make copies takes a few minutes because I generally research what I want in advance and go straight to that section toretrieve it or have it put on hold.  But two days ago I spent time perusing different sections and browsing through lots of books.  I loved the atmosphere – quiet and people reading and working. Ironically,  my daughter had gone to a different library earlier in the day and checked out a book “just because”.  She also had not read for pure enjoyment in awhile and felt the urge.  I believe that public libraries are one of our greatest resources.

Amongst all the resume writing books I found a gem – “101 Careers in Counseling” by Shannon Hodges.  More on that in another post. [Register for my Get Hired Workshop or Get Promoted Portfolio Development Seminar for awesome career development support.)

As I walked through the business aisle I came across one of my favorite books by one of my favorite entrepreneurs, “Making A Living Without A Job” by Barbara Winter.  I was so excited because although my book is a decade old I had never seen a copy in any library I visited.

As I traveled down the management aisle I came across “Full Steam Ahead: Unleash The Power of Vision In Your Work and Your Life” by Ken Blanchard and Jesse Lyn Stoner.  The title caught my eye because I had just told a cousin earlier in the day that I was moving “full speed ahead”.  I sat down to skim the pages and was captivated. as I travel this ‘Packaged For Success” path, the story spoke to me both personally and professionally.  I am creating a new vision for my life and work and I found the right book at the right time.  I checked the book out and finished reading it in two days.  Now I am going to go back and read it again then revisit my vision.  Stay tuned…

What do you enjoy doing that you haven’t done lately?










Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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