Whether you listen to Podcasts or not, check out my friend Eric Portelance‘s show Attention Surplus. Listen to one episode. It’s 30 minutes of your time, and I will firmly say it’s a worth the listen.
In # 10, they talk about how we measure our lives. Is it meaningful to use quantitative measurements, like salary, possessions, job title, number of subordinates on the org chart, or formal education?
They’re all very simple things to measure. But are they really meaningful to anyone outside of the CRA or IRS?
Douglas spoke of two people he recalls fondly.
- One who has a PhD in Biology and did some amazing research, and then went on to become a fine woodworker and lead a fulfilling life;
- and a former student of his who changed her course of study, traveled, married and settled down to become a potter, and do other things that are meaningful to her, I’m sure.
I’ve considered both fine woodworking and pottery as ways I would like to spend my days.
I’ve also considered finding an apprenticeship to become an electrician – something I strongly considered when I was in high school. And, I could also become a Kung Fu master (do you think I’m joking?)
Right now, I’m doing interesting work that I like, and I enjoy a stable salary and some benefits. In the long term, I want to do different things and listening to Eric and Sean’s podcast may have ratified my thoughts a little bit more. Not that I needed it, but it’s encouraging to hear.
So give Attention Surplus a listen, and it might resonate with you, too.