Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Career Anxiety

Surely you have 17 minutes?
I would like to share with you this really great videoclip where one of my favorite authors, Alain de Botton discusses the topic of career anxiety.
As most of you will recall I have recently read the excellent book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, and this lecture [filmed just last month at the TED Conference] is a wonderful condensation of so many aspects of Alain's current focus on work, vocation, career, success.
What is it that we are most commonly asked when we meet a new acquaintance?
Isn't is something like "What do you do?"
As in, "for a living?"
For some of us, mentioning what we do for a living may indeed serve to adequately describe our personalities best.
But then there are others, [and I myself am among this latter group], whom you would get to know much quicker, and more accurately, were you to ask me, "What do you love to do when you are not working?"
Give Alain de Botton 17 minutes of your time.
Listen to a wonderfully witty, erudite examination of the topic --> SUCCESS.

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3 comments:

soph said...

So, cip.

What do you love to do when you are not working?
Hmmmmm?

I'd like to get to know you better.

cipriano said...

I love to read.
I love to blog.
I love to look at trees.
I love to play with my cat.
I love to write poetry.
I love to read even more, than previously mentioned.
I love to think about stuff, without having to stop at some point, and get back to work.
I love to dream.
I love to sleep.
I love to breathe.
I love thinking.
I love to wake up.
But I most love, not having to set an alarm, to wake up!

kingmonkey said...

You know what my favourite ting is? I love to just dream up worlds and stories in my mind. Even better than writing them down, I an more thoroughly experience my creations in my own head.

That- that almost sounds like schizophrenia, doesn't it?