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How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love

by Maria Popova “Life really begins when you have discovered that you can do anything you want.” “There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,” Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and doing what makes the heart sing is one of the greatest human aspirations — and yet too many people remain caught in the hamster wheel of unfulfilling work. In 1949, career counselor William J. Reilly begins by exploring the mythologies of work and play, something Lewis Hyde has written of beautifully, with an uncomfortable but wonderfully apt metaphor: Most [people] have the ridiculous notion that anything they do which produces an income is work — and that anything they do outside ‘working’ hours is play. To illustrate the idea that “life really begins when you have discovered that you can do anything you want,” Reilly quotes Amelia Earhart, a woman of strong and refreshing liberal for their time opinions: I flew the Atlantic because I wanted to.

How to Inspire Your Brain (Part 2) By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), co-authors of Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being. (Harmony) Evidence is gathering by the day that the brain isn't really an object but a continuous and active process. Brain health comes down to a simple-seeming formula: maximize the positive input and minimize the negative input. It's positive to maintain balanced diet, negative to eat an imbalanced one.It's positive to take regular exercise; it's negative to be sedentary.It's positive to have good relationships, negative to have stressful ones. Anyone who has kept pace with the public campaign in prevention can make the list longer; the risk factors for a healthy lifestyle are well known. But only you can sustain meaning and purpose.

Finding the Job of Your Life - Gianpiero Petriglieri Let’s face it. We all think about it. At times we think of little else — even if only rarely and in certain settings do we feel free to admit it. The conversation often begins furtively, the question murmured as if slightly shameful or out of place. How can I get more of it at work? Meaning, that is. Meaning at work, in work, from work. It may be because we are freer. It may be because we are too focused or not focused enough. It may be because we are more exposed. Someone always seems to be pulling it off. The more we reach for meaning, the more elusive it becomes. When you look at it that way, meaning is like love. Yearning for either turns some into poets and drives the rest of us on a quest to experience it. But when it comes to love, most grown-ups realize what that quest will take. We long ago gave up the fantasy that a Prince or Princess Charming will show up one day to sweep us off our feet. Love, the sentiment, is a consequence of having found our somebody. Dating.

Deepak Chopra: How to Use Your Brain to Find Love & Happiness I got the rare opportunity to sit down with Dr. Deepak Chopra to talk about his new book, Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness and Spiritual Well-Being, which he co-wrote with Harvard Medical School Professor Rudolph E. Tanzi. Major breakthroughs in neuroscience have all been indicating that the human brain can do far more than anyone ever thought. I couldn’t wait to find out how we could all activate our “super brains” to achieve a more fulfilling life, find love and overcome self-induced obstacles. Q: Can you explain the difference between a baseline brain and the super brain – and how both impact your life and happiness? Deepak: When you allow your brain to control you, that’s the baseline brain. Super brain is when you realize that and you actually can influence any part of your brain. Q: How does one take steps to be in that state of mind…or state of brain? Q: So should we be looking for love with our brains rather than our hearts?

Careers resources We produce careers resources for schools, colleges and higher educational institutions. For more information subscribe to our free Careers Information Update. Your journey into psychology Our careers booklet gives you an overview of psychology careers. Directory of Voluntary Careers Speakers What is it? The Directory of Voluntary Careers Speakers (DVCS) is a free service that puts teachers, lecturers and careers advisors in touch with Society members who are willing to visit schools and other institutions to talk about their careers in psychology and give students a better idea of what it’s like to work as a psychologist or in related fields. How do I get in touch with a Voluntary Careers Speaker? To contact voluntary careers speakers search the DVCS. How do I become a Voluntary Careers Speaker? Becoming a Voluntary Careers Speaker is a great way of sharing your knowledge and personal experience and inspiring the next generation of psychologists. Careers posters Request Careers Materials

9 Traits Of The Best Leaders Good bosses look good on paper. Great bosses look great in person; their actions show their value. Yet some bosses go even farther. They're remarkable--not because of what you see them do but what you don't see them do. Where remarkable bosses are concerned, what you see is far from all you get: They forgive... and they forget. When an employee makes a mistake--especially a major mistake--it's easy to forever view that employee through the perspective of that mistake. I know. But one mistake, or one weakness, is just one part of the whole person. Great bosses are able to step back, set aside a mistake, and think about the whole employee. Remarkable bosses are also able to forget that mistake, because they know that viewing any employee through the lens of one incident may forever impact how they treat that employee. And they know the employee will be able to tell. To forgive may be divine, but to forget can be even more divine. They transform company goals into the employees' personal goals.

How technology can boost your CV, covering letter and job search Here are some tips on how technology can help your professional profile stand out. Photograph: Jeffrey Hamilton/Getty Images The average employer looks at your CV for eight seconds; they've probably received anywhere from 20 – 200 CVs for the job you're applying to and are sick of reading covering letters and seeing the same structure in Times New Roman. This is your cue to give them something a little original and innovative. By embracing tools and technology, it is possible to make our professional profiles stand out. Create a hire me page or CV infographic and email it to a selection of companies This would work for speculative applications as well as for designated roles. Make sure it is well designed though – using the brush tool on paint won't cut it. Create a hire me Facebook page and invite friends and contacts to spread the word You might not know anyone who knows about a job vacancy, but friends of friends might. Create a YouTube covering letter and tweet the link

The Bamboo Project Blog Alan Weinkrantz has a series of interesting blog posts over at Chris Brogan's Owner Mag on the idea of the StartOver economy. This is an economy where things are moving quickly and where yesterday's success is no guarantee that tomorrow will bring the same. This idea of the StartOver economy should resonate with all of us. For mid-career professionals, the StartOver can occur when we've reached a pinnacle of success in our field and realize that we're bored with where we're at or that we need to explore a long-deferred dream. Most of us will have to master how to navigate the StartOver economy if we hope to have a thriving career that carries us through 40+ years of work. How do you navigate the StartOver economy is the question. This is where the skills and habits of career resilience come into play. Clarifying We must be clear about ourselves--our passions, skills and gifts. We must also be clear about what is happening in the larger world. Connecting Creating Coping What Do You Own?

How to Become a Life Coach Author: Maggie Lonsdale BA (hons) - Updated: 8 August 2013| Comment Becoming a life coach is an increasingly popular choice for people making a career change. It’s a job that’s interesting, flexible, well paid and gives you the freedom to Work From Home. That also means, however, that the world and his wife are doing it, not to mention the large numbers of unscrupulous courses promising to ‘make you a life coach for just £500’ popping up all over the place! As an overview, a life coach is usually a self-employed person who works with a small number of individuals, helping them through challenging periods in their lives, either through face-to-face contact or telephone conversations. No Qualifications Required It’s worth remembering that you do not actually have to have any particular qualifications to become a life coach. Most people who are successful life coaches have some sort of management training. Remember that this is not a career for the faint hearted. First-hand Experience Title:

Job Satisfaction Want a job with more meaning? It may be that at some point in your working life, you start to consider what would give you more job satisfaction. You might be looking for a job which has more meaning, although what this means may vary from person to person. I want to find out what would bring more meaning to my job It's likely that a job that satisfies your career values will have more meaning for you. Skills Health Check Tools What kind of things can bring job satisfaction? Making a difference to people's lives If you work in a helping role you can get great satisfaction from knowing that your efforts can help to improve people's lives. If you're a people person and get a warm glow from helping others, take a look at these job areas: medicine and nursingsocial servicesalternative therapieseducation and training. Fighting for a cause If you've got passionate beliefs or opinions, it's likely you'd be motivated to work in a job where you put your passion into action. Being creative

Plan early on in your postgrad degree for later career success | If you are studying a postgraduate course because it is of interest to you but not related to a specific job then you need to consider what you might do at the end of it - right at the beginning of the course. And it's still essential to plan for your next move if you are studying for a vocational postgrad degree of a vocational nature, such as quantity surveying. If you want to get a quality job at the end of your postgraduate course, you need to spend quality time career planning. Remember, remember: application dates for big employer graduate schemes If you are thinking of applying for one of the big employer graduate schemes, check the application dates at the start of the final year of your postgrad course (or as you start if it is a one-year course). Applications for internships or graduate training programmes the following summer may well have to be in as early as November. Resources to help postgrads find a job Use your postgrad degree to your advantage