The only thing he was world-class at was sports and he achieved excellent in it. That was his love and he pursued it with undiminished zeal. This is true for many other people too. For every Laura out there, there are many others who are struggling in this economy.
The job market is volatile and dynamic: it keeps on changing. The skills that are valued today may not be valued tomorrow. Even your job can be outsourced in a jiffy. You may be a genius at what you do, wealthy and successful and suddenly you can receive a pink slip.
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Some have even changed professions. We now know of many doctors pursuing MBA degrees and people with MBA degrees have decided to be self-employed by starting home businesses.
Even so, I think your ideas are useful, and I appreciate your ideas, but let us take it with a pinch of salt. The picture is more complex than you imagine it to be. I wonder if you would like to refine the definitions or expand the field. If we are talking about remarkable lives, what do we mean?
Clearly, as your examples show, people who make the sacrifices necessary to achieve rare and valuable skills can shape remarkable lives. The question is whether every remarkable life must also feature a skill that is rare and valuable. Thanks for your insights. Thanks for the food for thought.
Hey Cal, if you want to see an example of someone living a truly remarkable life, check out the Bio of Rory Stewart. He was soldier briefly, then he became a diplomat, then he walked across South Asia, then founded an NGO in Afghanistan. He was also a governor of an Iraqi province while under U. He became a professor at Harvard. Most recently he returned to the U. This is very interesting. You have definitely peaked my curiosity.
You say choose your major for your own reasons but what reasons are they if not related to who you are? Jack — I used to buy into the argument that competition, particularly from India and China, would drive salaries down significantly for IT. Then I moved to China and realized that good IT people are still well compensated not nearly as well as they are in the US but by local standards quite well and true experts, like Laura, will always be well compensated when there is work.
The trick is to maintain your expertise and not sweat the temporary dry periods. Much easier to discover how you want to live your life and find the job that suits your needs. Meg, I appreciate your comment — if you see this, would you be kind enough to share with me some of your knowledge and experience in Intellectual Property?
My e-mail is AlexLeszczynska at gmail dot com. Thank you. Hey Cal, I just wanted to say thank you for this post. Because in that case, what you really love and pursue is traveling the world, not your work. Put differently, I think the definition of loving what you do is when it becomes the end, not just the means.
Lastly, I, like you, am heading off to an academic career. How do I wrangle a desirable skill out of it? How do you become highly desirable in a market like that?
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Remarkable article! And quite timely. But she feels lacking in her current role. Using SDT, I think her answer lies in autonomy. Great posting! I enjoyed reading your insights about creating your own life.
I will be checking back for part 2! Where the hell were you when I needed you? I never figured anything out in college or graduate school. As it turned out college ruined my life.
I used to think I had potential, and college was where I found out definitively that I was in actuality slow. My classes overwhelmed me. I went to tutors, I spent hours studying, tried different methods the whole deal. Nothing got the material sunk into my fool head.
I even tried understanding the concepts as you suggest here to no avail of course this was way before you were even in college, this was years ago now. My understanding was next to nil. I did well enough to graduate and get into the next level of school, where I really fell down. I got nothing out of college and grad school. I had no expertise and I retained nothing. Ever since then my life has been a string of failures, my employability limited to short term work, my confidence practically extinguished and my capacity for learning set back further in the past 12 years than in the previous Even some of the techniques you mention here are a bit over my head.
How I could have used this site though with more concrete examples a decade ago. How my life would have been improved by it. I hope you eventually write that book about living an extraordinary life beyond school. I would love to read it. Be sure to include a chapter for adults who have to overcome a lifetime of not having the benefit of such insights. Linh, If I were you I would focus in one area and get really, really good at it.
According to Dan Pink, globalism makes rare and valuable skills all the more crucial. The research shows that intrinsic motivation is crucial to maintain DP i. True enough. Of read his essay. If you understand the theory, even a doctor can build a valuable skill and cash it in for these traits.
Hey Cal, if you want to see an example of someone living a truly remarkable life, check out the Bio of Rory Stewar. This sort of misses the point. I agree with this idea see my post on lifestyle-centric career planning , SDT theory, however, might supercede it to a large degree. I think it falls under the category of relatedness, but I find the differences in emphasis fascinating. This is a crucial question.