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Are You Trapped In A Prestigious Job Out Of Fear? Quit And Reboot!

Many of us spend a significant part of our lives striving to land and maintain a high-paying job in a well-recognized organization – one that brings with it social status and prestige. Investment banking, management consulting, financial advisory or corporate law, are among the most typical examples. Many people achieve that coveted status and yet, it fails to make them happy. We are talking about the hundreds who feel trapped and stifled in their current life because it does not resonate with their passions and what they truly want for themselves. And yet, they are unable to quit because of the safety blanket that comes with status quo.  Anxiety, fear and risk aversion keeps them from pursuing their passion and changing their lives for the better and doing what they love.

If this is a situation you identify with, you will find writer and researcher Priya Parker’s talk extremely helpful. In this 18-minute TED video, she discusses in detail seven concrete steps that you can take to break out of your comfort zone, quit your current life and reboot.

 

 

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Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

Man's Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

How many of us have a clear idea of what the purpose of our life is? The search for meaning is perhaps one of the most profound inquiries in human existence. And among the best authorities in this field was Austrian psychiatrist and Auschwitz concentration camp survivor Viktor Frankl.

Frankl’s classic Man’s Search for Meaning describes life in the concentration camp where starvation, chronic lack of sleep, physical torture and psychological harassment were a way of existence. On arrival, prisoners were stripped from all possessions and literally left naked. They lost all possible material links with their former lives. Conditions were such that they brought out a human being’s most primitive instincts, making prisoners focus almost exclusively on survival.

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Status Anxiety, by Alain de Botton

Status Anxiety, by Alain de Botton

Status Anxiety, by Alain de Botton

“There are few successes more unendurable than those of our close friends.”

In Status Anxiety, Swiss-British contemporary philosopher Alain de Botton intelligently addresses a very prominent topic in today’s “Western World” – a topic most of us deal with internally and secretly, but are ashamed to talk about: we are anxious about how we are perceived by our social environment, and this anxiety significantly influences our behavior.

Alain De Botton defines status anxiety as “A worry, so pernicious as to be capable of ruining extended stretches of our lives, that we are in danger of failing to conform to the ideas of success laid down by our society and that we may as a result be stripped of dignity and respect (…)” Read more ⇉

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Flow: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“(…) if one finds flow in work, and in relations with other people, one is well on the way toward improving the quality of life as a whole.”

Flow is a pearl of contemporary psychology literature, conceived by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University and former head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

What is Flow?

Athletes define flow as being “in the zone”. This can be best explained as a state where there is a good match between one’s own capabilities and the challenge at hand, so that the individual finds it rewarding to spend effort on an activity to achieve a goal. This might sometimes be a painful and difficult experience, but it results in a sense of satisfaction and personal growth once completed. Read more ⇉

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