Career Calling

August 4, 2012

Stop Looking in the Mirror

I’m becoming a big fan of the website Big Think.  It’s like TED without the videos.  Thinkers of all stripes share interesting ideas and insights.  One that caught my eye today is Jason Gots’ “What Are You Worth?  Getting Past Status Anxiety.”

Gots explores the ideas of the French writer Alain de Botton, who thinks we trap ourselves through our work life identities.  Too many people live to have the impressive title or work for the impressive firm.  Rather than play this snob game without a winner, de Botton suggests that we think about who we really are and focus more on our friends than our jobs.

That’s great advice. We work to live better lives.  When our work becomes our life and our identity, we are little more than slaves (self-imposed slavery).  Big thanks to Jason Gots for sharing de Botton’s insights in a clear, concise article.

Here is a list of Jason’s writing for Big Think.  They are worth your time.


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Clay! And sorry it took me a year to stumble upon it! All the best, Jason

    Comment by Jason Gots — February 15, 2014 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

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