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How to Find Fulfilling Work in 15 Minutes

When The School of Life launched its new practical philosophy book series, we celebrated with an event in London where each of the six authors — amongst them philosopher Alain de Botton — did a 15-minute talk distilling the most important and inspirational ideas from his or her book. We did our very best to live up to the promo poster, which promised the audience "An Evening of Fast and Furious Enlightenment."

Below you will find the video of my own talk on How to Find Fulfilling Work. In it I discuss five essential insights on the art of finding a job that is big enough for your spirit:

  1. Confusion is perfectly normal
  2. Beware of personality tests
  3. Be a wide achiever, not a high achiever
  4. Find where your values and talents meet
  5. Act first, reflect later

As you'll see, in the middle I managed to get a thousand people talking in pairs about this question:

Imagine three parallel universes. In each you have a year to try any kind of work you want. What three jobs would you be excited to try?

I can recommend all the videos from the book series, which you will find on The School of Life's YouTube channel. A great place to start is John-Paul Flintoff's wise and funny talk on How to Change the World.


More from Roman Krznaric:

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Roman Krznaric is an Australian cultural thinker and cofounder of The School of Life in London. This post is based on his new book, How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. How Should We Live?: Great Ideas... New Hardcover $22.95
  2. How to Find Fulfilling Work (School... New Trade Paper $16.00


Roman Krznaric is the author of How to Find Fulfilling Work (School of Life)

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