That means that Merkel wears many, many hats—often at the same time.
To remind the group to return to this topic, Bolles jotted a clever phrase on the blackboard: Noticing a lack of good advice on the topic, Bolles self-published a page guide to navigating career changes, which he handed out for free. Looking for a catchy title, he re-purposed his blackboard one-liner.
The initial print run was one hundred copies.
It was also, however, a period of extreme workplace transition as the post-war industrial economy crumbled before an ascendant knowledge work sector. The book that began with an one hundred copy print run and a clever name has since become one of the bestselling titles of the century, with over 6 million copies in print.
This story is important because it emphasizes that one of the most universal and powerful ideas in modern society, that the key to workplace happiness is to follow your passion, has a surprisingly humble origin.
What began as a quip jotted down on a blackboard grew into the core principle guiding our thinking about work. We can think of the past forty years — the post-Parachutes era — as a vast experiment testing the validity of this hypothesis.
The results of this experiment, unfortunately, are not pretty. The latest Conference Board survey of U. I call this effect the passion trap, which I define as follows: I argue that the passion trap is an important contributing factor to our steadily decreasing workplace satisfaction.
So far, however, my evidence for this claim is circumstantial at best. We need to dig deeper. The Young and the Anxious If the passion trap is real, recent college graduates should be the most affected.
At this young age, before the demands and stability of family, their careers are more likely to define their identity. This predicts, therefore, that the passion trap would make young workers the most unhappy. Not surprisingly, this is exactly what the Conference Board survey finds.
Consider, for example, the tale of Scott, a year-old from Washington D. Story after story in Quarterlife Crisis follow this same script: The passion trap strikes again and again in these pages. This all points towards a troubling conclusion: My goal was to tear down our assumptions about workplace happiness, because as long we cling to the passion hypothesis, other factors will remain obscured in its high-wattage glare.
Stay tuned for this discussion to continue, and in the meantime, I welcome your own reflections on the reality — not cliches — of finding fulfilling work. This post is the second in my series on Rethinking Passion, which tackles questions concerning the reality of building a deeply satisfying work life.
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