The Vocation Myth

You may be aware of the great learning available through The School of Life, but you may not be aware of The Book of Life which the institution continues to collate from its contributors and teachings on “the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, your anxieties.” It is a great source and fount of wisdom, from which I often turn to when seeking inspiration. Recently I was reminded of a note which I had saved on The Vocation Myth, which reading through again particularly strikes a chord as I think about my own professional life, and may chime with you too. Particularly the conclusion…

“But of course, contrary to what this unfortunate, oppressive notion of vocation suggests, it is in fact entirely reasonable – even healthy – not to know what one’s talents are or how to apply them. One’s nature is ultimately so complex, one’s abilities so tricky to define in detail, the needs of the world so elusive that discovering the best fit between oneself and a job is a momentous, highly legitimate challenge that requires an immense amount of thought, exploration and wise assistance and might very properly use up years of our attention. It’s wholly reasonable not to know what work one should perform. And it is indeed often a great sign of maturity to realise that one doesn’t know, rather than suffer any longer under the foolish assumption that one should.” 

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