Leaving What is Safe and Familiar to Walk on the Rewild Side of Life
A recent British survey stated that almost half of those over the age of fourteen either had no career advice, very poor advice, or limited advice. It appears that our culture doesn’t focus very much on helping us find highly engaging careers, despite the fact that we spend more of our time working than in any other activity.
After Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism career guidance was not even a consideration. Instead, professionals advised her parents to institutionalise her. Gifted with a strong mother who guided and encouraged Temple, she discovered her place in the world as a livestock-handling equipment designer. Not only did she find her niche and individual expression, she branched out from the divergent fields of animal science and autism education to also become a professor and author.
Each of us has the same potential to find work that uniquely fits us and delivers a deep and abiding sense of satisfaction and joy. The fact that such a small proportion of people feel engaged and enlivened by their work suggests that finding our sense of fit doesn’t come very easily.