The route to fulfilling work is often unconventional and nearly always unpredictable. If you’re making a career change or searching for more fulfilling work you’ve probably spent some time trying to identify your new path. But the problem is that there is no such thing…
Over the last year and more I’ve been fascinated by the ways we seek and find a sense of purpose in work. In the process I’ve read several books which have shaped my thinking – and in some cases, completely transformed it.
Here are the five books that have most influenced me - each represent a different way of looking at meaningful work.
One of the wisest pieces of advice I've been given in the last year is to find collaborators.
The trouble is that collaboration is one thing I've struggled most with. I have a stubborn mindset and I often feel like I must be able to find the solution myself. When working, when writing, too often I've found myself at a blockade and tried everything to break through - except asking for help.
But you don't always need to ask for help. Sometimes it's enough just to start a conversation, or ask a question.
Miles Hilton Barber dreamed of being a pilot when he was a boy. But in his twenties he was hit by a genetic disease that destroyed his sight, leaving him totally blind.
His brother Geoffrey had the same condition. But the remarkable thing about these brothers is that they’ve both gone on to become record-breaking adventurers. The even more remarkable thing is that Miles (and Geoffrey) didn’t start adventuring until age 50! If you’ve ever felt held back by conditions beyond your control, or if you’ve ever worried that it’s too late to start, this story is for you.
What does Buddhism say about purpose? And if there is no inherent purpose in our lives, how can we create this for ourselves? In this interview, Rev Taka Kawakami talks about hedonic and eudaimonic happiness and the concept of ikigai. And how it's ok not to know what you're doing with your life.