The Seven Works - Reconfigure The Facets of Life : Reduce Inner and Outer Conflict with a New Flexible Blueprint for The High Definition Life

Genre: Non Fiction

For Fans Of

Steven Pressfield James Altucher Jay Papasan Eckhart Tolle Don Miguel Ruiz David Hawkins Tim Ferris Michael Gerber

Book Summary

‘We have lost our purpose. We are in conflict, caught between a healthy desire to give more and an insecure need to get more.’

Welcome to the High Definition Life, a fractured world of relentless consumption, excessive overwhelm, increasing busyness and a widespread lack of truth and integrity. In this disorientating Idyllic Illusion, we constantly agonise over the value we are giving, or not giving and the elusive ‘just reward’ we crave for all the hard work we are putting in.

This conflict leads us to question our contribution to our partners, our families and the local and global community we are continually co-creating. We are lost whether to spend more time on our work life to make ends meet and be of value to the world or to focus more on our personal life so that we have something of value to come home to after working so hard.

If we are to improve how we engage with these changing facets of life and reduce internal and external conflict in the process it’s clear we must learn how to redefine and reconfigure them. Only in this way will we develop a new life blueprint and supporting set of practical tools to ensure that we can both start and continue working ‘on’ a connected life rather than getting stuck and lost ‘in’ the thick of a disconnected one.

The Seven Works is that blueprint and toolset rolled into one simple to understand and implement system that you can start using, in the bigger picture and the day to day, ‘on’ your life as well as ‘in’ it.


In order to help ensure each book within the Work Life Wide Open Series as accessible as possible, it is necessary to establish a conceptual base understanding for new readers. This calls for a level of overlapping content from book to book. While each book is a standalone piece the reader is encouraged to go deeper into the content and practice of Work Life Wide Open by reading each book in the series.

There is no required order of reading but please assume there will be some overlap and that it will be kept to a necessary minimum. It should not exceed 5% - 15% of any book unless otherwise stated. I hope you accept any overlap in the spirit it is intended and appreciate that it serves as a valuable reminder of key concepts relevant to the book’s content.

This book is approximately 19,500 words.

About the Author

Entrepreneur architect business owner suddenly quits his international creative agency and London home. Selling everything he moves to Thailand to find time, space and freedom to rediscover his creativity and allow his Real Work to emerge. He finds himself constructing a dinosaur on the beach, living in a cave and designing for the fun of it again. Most importantly he is compelled to write.

The outcome of his journey is a series of books that explain in detail why making significant life change amidst the High Definition Life technological revolution that is taking place all around us is now so imperative it is ignored or avoided at our peril.

His writing focuses on how to instigate positive change locally and globally. Leaving no stone of his personal journey unturned he candidly reveals, warts and all, what to expect in our internal and external world during this inevitable personal and impersonal metamorphosis.

The process of understanding and appreciating the conflicted life context and content inherent to this incoming change is covered in depth throughout his work. How to handle this transition from chaos into order and make it work for rather than against us is described through simple, unique and never before seen conceptual models that are readily applicable to our day to day lives.

The Work Life Wide Open Series, twenty years in the making, are practical, experiential and anecdotal guides to Finding Your Lost, Breaking Your Busy and Working Your Way back to your Creative Core, uncovering your Why and connecting with your Real Work.

Broadly Richard’s writing, training, coaching, marketing and business courses and programmes revolve around The Seven Works, his core conceptual and practical blueprint for successfully navigating the High Definition Life. This extensive body of work explores how we can improve both our individual lives and the greater whole through Conscious Change, Creativity, Connection and Communication.

Richard is a Rebirthing Breathworker, a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Hypnosis and creative business marketing consultant and coach.

His Play Work includes Heli-Skiing, Snowboarding and dancing Argentine Tango.

Professional Career

Richard studied Architecture at Liverpool University and The Bartlett University College London (UCL). His professional career started with Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners (now GRIMSHAW) / Eden Project / Waterloo International Terminal / Berlin Stock Exchange.

He then went on to co-found Piercy Conner Architects (now Piercy&Company) / Turnmills / Martello Tower Y / East Village alongside graphic design and CG illustration and animation studio Smoothe. Richard and his partners also co-created the Microflat, the worldwide press and media phenomenon. Showcased with two live in Micronauts at Selfridges in Oxford Street, London the Microflat was heralded as the answer to London's escalating housing crisis.

Most recently Richard co-founded Design Week Top 100 creative agency Assembly Studios / Arab Film Studio / Battersea Power Station / ImageNation and The Creative Assembly / Creative Torbay / Creative Kirklees / Creative Somerset / Creative Hertfordshire / Creative Swindon / Creatives Across Sussex.

Now, Richard's focus is on writing and consulting on creativity within the High Definition Life through his creative publishing, marketing and business consultancy Fast Space.

He has held CEO, Managing Director and Creative Director positions for over 20 years.

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