The Law of Work

“The law of work does seem utterly unfair – but there it is, and nothing can change it; the higher the pay in enjoyment the worker gets out of it, the higher shall be his pay in money also.” – Mark Twain

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If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else

"If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else"

I was at the Career Center at NUS browsing the books available and came across this! It’s one of the most encouraging books for job-seekers I’ve ever read and I highly recommend it to everyone thinking about their careers. Many practical truths in there that many people would do well to practise.

For example, when Dr. Campbell talks about career planning, he tells us that:
1. There are things to increase our probability of success.
2. It’s good to have alternatives in case our first plan doesn’t work out.
3. Any plan can fail. Good to prepare for this as well.

Very simple truths! It immediately struck me that if I had done much preparation for the job I had in mind, prepared alternatives should I not get that job and also not exclude the possibility of failure in my career, that would have cut down my anxiety level at any interview by quite a bit.

Another quote: “Selecting goals is a matter of choosing which direction you want to go, not choosing specific places at which you want to end up.

Yes… It’s about direction, not about destination. If we fixed our minds of a very specific job or even career, instead of a journey towards our calling in life, we set ourselves up for disappointment as well when we do not get the job or the job does not satisfy.

Go get it!