Check out this recent article, “It’s Not About You.” by New York Times columnist David Brooks. He discusses the problem of making a career or life decision amongst “limitless possibilities.”
The answer articulated in this article is not to focus on ourselves, but rather to engage with our communities and finds issues and problems that we want to commit our energies to. He writes, “Most of us are egotistical and most are self-concerned most of the time, but it’s nonetheless true that life comes to a point only in those moments when the self dissolves into some task. The purpose in life is not to find yourself. It’s to lose yourself.”
So, how do you find something to commit yourself to, “to lose yourself” in?
First, notice what ignites your interest and gives you energy; learn about the career exploration and development process on our website.
Next, go explore those interests and build skills at the same time. Still in school? Get involved on campus. Graduated? Look around your community. The United Way is a great resource to learn about what’s needed in your area.
Some may find their calling in the non-profit world. See our recent blog post.
But don’t assume that purpose and engagement can only be found by working in the non-profit world. Learn about socially responsible business and the social enterprise movement.
Here’s a quick video to get you started:
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(Note: the title of this article comes from The Summer Day by Mary Oliver.)