Venturing Across The Unknown with David Whyte

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"Listen, surrender, pay attention," says David Whyte, a business consultant, poet and bestselling author. Parents, poets, teachers, lawyers, doctors, engineers, alike will all be inspired by this beautifully flowing interview with Whyte, who gives us tools, faith and inspiration to finally find our true selves and realize our desire for careers and lives that are fulfilling. Through poetry and stories he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace and on the home front. "Poetry opens people's thought, removes limits, and allows them to conceive, often for the first time, new and unexpected answers to old problems." Whyte infuses us with deep and delightful tales from his past, stories that make us laugh and cry. (hosted by Michael Toms)


David Whyte grew up among the hills and valleys of Yorkshire, England. A captivating speaker with a compelling blend of profound poetry and insightful commentary, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development. He holds a degree in Marine Zoology, and is an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Neumann College.

He is the author of several books of poetry and nonfiction including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is living authentically and how can it help you better understand yourself?
  • Learn how to take risks that will allow you to find your creative self at work and be more successful in all ways
  • Discover if you are experiencing "burn-out avoidance"
  • Learn to get out of the "too busy vortex," and have more satisfaction in your daily life
  • What are the "workaholic" habits in your life and how you can transform these destructive patterns
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 4/18/2001       Program Number: 2867