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The business of living

Here's a first for this blog: a link to an article in the Harvard Business Review. This isn't just food for thought: It's nutritious food for thought.

(How will you measure your life?)

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nodressrehersal
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
This was a very interesting, thought-provoking article, as promised.

But what happens when you ponder the "what is my life's purpose" question and don't get a definitive answer the way he did? Do you think this article is written for his specific audience, or do you think it would strike a chord with Joe Blow from Idaho just as readily? I wonder...
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 4th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Good questions, Jamie.

One of the people who comments frequently here wrote to me privately, saying the writer seemed to be a bit of an egocentric elitist, given his frequent use of the word "I" and his continual mentioning of Harvard, Oxford, etc., in an article that was about (among other things) humility. I don't think there's any doubt he was writing for a Harvard-y audience.

Even so, this article resonated with me because I deal with so many young people who think they ought to have their lives figured out by now: all the I's crossed, all the T's dotted, and every career move choreographed. I like Christensen's idea that sometimes we are summoned—or, as I say to students, sometimes the toughest thing is to be patient and let the path find you. His article gave me a little more belief in the validity of that idea.



nodressrehersal
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I was thinking with the "I" and Harvard/Oxford etc.

Sidebar: It's like that lady who wrote "Eat, Pray, Love" - it became a bestseller that women were falling all over and now it's a movie starring Julia Roberts. I hated that book's guts. Hated it.

She took this year-long sabbatical that was fully paid for and traveled to wherever the hell she went - Italy, India, and somewhere else - who COULDN'T contemplate life with nothing to worry about, no money woes, no surly youth or aging adults or pets or property to care for. And I found her to be a pretentious name-dropper. Gawd, I HATED that book. End sidebar.

I love your line to your students; that's something I try to explain to Tyler. (who wasn't going to go back to school this semester and then he was and now he isn't again) He's frustrated because he thinks he should have it all figured out and he doesn't.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Even when Tyler's not figuring it out, he's figuring it out.
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