A great article about a 72-year longitudinal study of the mental and physical well-being of 268 men who entered college in the late 1930. It’s a long article – but worth the read. Lot’s of good stuff here…
Depending on your specific circumstances and your outlook, this standing-at-the-crossroads time can appear as any number of things: an emergency, requiring prompt action, an impasse, a pinch, a predicament, a failure OR a possibility, a milestone and an opportunity. It is a period that can last a day, a week or more than a decade.
“To make it today you have to be able to do work that’s hard to outsource, hard to automate, and that delivers significance along with utility.” – Daniel Pink (Pop!Tech)
The only cure for grief is action
George Henry Lewes
Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation (via @dalesimpson)
Try this career choice standard on for size.
Will this choice allow me to: spend the greatest amount of time; absorbed in activities and relationships that fill me up; while surrounding myself with people I cannot get enough of; and earning enough to live comfortably in the world?
I like the simplicity and clarity of this ‘standard’. Definitely prompts some reflection about what’s important and how often our career choices (or any life choices for that matter) can be skewed by over-emphasising one aspect (eg. money, prestige etc) over others.
I first heard about Jonathan when I listened to a podcast of his 2009 SXSW presentation, ‘Career Renegade: How To Make A Great Living Doing What You Love’. Worth a listen…
We are not doing ourselves justice when we reproach ourselves for feeling a certain way. Moral evaluation—whether something is good or bad—presupposes choice. We may not like the law of gravity, but the law in and of itself is neither good nor bad—it simply is; we may not like feeling the need for approval, but the feeling itself is neither good nor bad—it simply is.