“You Complete Me”: On Being Fulfilled (or not) by Your Work

When it comes to careers and today’s job market, Jerry Maguire’s speech to his nearly lost love Dorothy seems to apply, “We live in a cynical world…a cynical world. And we work in a business of tough competitors.” But, like Jerry, we don’t want to end the speech there. We want to continue our conversation with our career by saying Jerry’s famous heart-rending-now-cliche line from the bottom of our hearts, “I love you. You complete me.”

I want to spend my life doing something truly fulfilling. I’m guessing you do too. Read more of this post

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Why Are You So Busy?

Especially at this time of the year, when the academic world revs its engine, students, teachers, and parents have a ready-made answer to the typical “How are you?” question. “Good,”  (insert smile that shifts seamlessly into a knowing look of concern), “but super busy.”

The typical American today strives to be as attractive as the models on fashion magazine covers, as successful in work as Bill Gates, as sensitive a spouse and parent as Ward and June Cleaver, and as death-defyingly healthy as Lance Armstrong–all while maintaining the inner peace of the Dalai Lama. (Barnes, The Pastor as Minor Poet, 92).

Sound like anyone you know? Does it sound like you? Sometimes I think it certainly sounds like me. Read more of this post