Two years ago I had the opportunity to visit the School of Life in London. Located in a storefront on Marchmont Street, the school was founded in 2008 by philosopher Alain de Botton to create a space for conversation and learning around topics that aren’t necessarily taught in formal education, but critical to success in everyday life: careers, relationships, politics, travels, families.
On my visit I picked up a copy of ‘How to Find Fulfilling Work’ by School of Life faculty member Roman Krznaric. I have read a lot of career guides, too many. But this short guide stood out from the others in the authors description: “It is a guide for helping you take your working life in new directions, and for bringing your career and who you are into closer alignment.”
We have all heard about authenticity, being who you are, not letting others define you. Just last night Sam Smith accepting the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album shared his example, “Before I made this record I was doing everything to try and get my music heard. I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music. It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen.”
There’s something to it. You have to know yourself and be yourself before you can find success.
The School of Life has posted an animated video to help you start the process of how to find fulfilling work.