Your Career Is Just One-Eighth of Your Life

I came across this fascinating article by The Atlantic, titled, “𝙔𝙀π™ͺ𝙧 π˜Ύπ™–π™§π™šπ™šπ™§ 𝙄𝙨 𝙅π™ͺ𝙨𝙩 π™Šπ™£π™š-π™€π™žπ™œπ™π™©π™ 𝙀𝙛 𝙔𝙀π™ͺ𝙧 π™‡π™žπ™›π™š.”

Five pieces of career advice, shaped by economics, psychology, and a little bit of existential math.

Career advice as a genre is almost fatally flawed. With 160 million American workers across thousands of occupations in hundreds of industries, saying anything that is of use to all of them is practically impossible. The most common counsel is almost always too personal to be broadly applicable. My toes curl with embarrassment when successful people say anything along the lines of β€œJust do these three things I did.” Autobiography is not advice. Given how poorly most people understand themselves, it’s barely even autobiography.

But in the age ofΒ β€œquiet quitting” andΒ β€œnobody wants to work” memes, I’ve noticed that a lot of modern career advice is something more likeΒ anti-career advice. I’m ruffled by those who, having climbed the ladder with care and determination, turn around and claim that success is a sham and hard work is a sucker’s game. Telling young people who just graduated from college that a satisfying career is hopelessΒ until we dismantle capitalismΒ is about as helpful as telling somebody asking for directions to the bathroom that no true relief will visit humankind until death.

In this wobbly economic moment, I thought that sharing the best actual career advice I’ve come across might be marginally useful:

1.Β Your career is not your life. Life’s bigger than work, find fulfillment beyond your career.

2.Β Explore, then exploit. Experiment before committing, then excel in what you choose.

3.Β Don’t do the job you want to tell other people you do. Do the job you want to do. Pursue your passion, not just your resume.

4.Β Be ruthlessly honest with yourself about what you valueβ€”and how much professional success matters to you. Know your priorities, define success on your terms.

5.Β Flow comes from voluntary, difficult, and worthwhile work. Challenge yourself with meaningful work for true satisfaction.

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Read it here: https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2022/09/career-ambition-advice-data/671374

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