“Once we may have left our work behind, today we take it with us…. Our working life is woven, warp across weft, into the texture of our domestic existence.”
Richard Donkin, Author of “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”
In the New Yorker Jill Lepore reports on the history of work in America and how we find ourselves shifting to more and more work with less pay. She writes, “Real wages declined for the rank and file in the nineteen-seventies, as did the percentage of Americans who belong to unions, which may be a related development.”
While the word from the C-Suite and feel-good gurus is that we should “find meaningful work,” many are just feeling adrift with less and less control of their work/life mix.
The Retirement Wisdom podcast hosted Dr. Michelle R. Weise, author of “Long-Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Even Exist Yet.”
Her point of view is, “This idea of long-life learning is really the future of work and the future of education are going to become inextricably tied. So as we think about thriving in a world of work, we’re going to have to make more continuous returns to learning. It’s hard for us to imagine that even a two-year degree or a four-year degree can last us for that 80 or 100-year work life. “
Our favorite tools and resources for expanding your network, staying in the know, learning new skills, and making your next move.
- The Zig Zag Project: Gotta Love This! Everything is changing. You’re at a crossroads too. Find your next move. Go from stuck to inspired. Six steps (and episodes) to map out a path that aligns your personal values with your professional ambitions.
- The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday by author Rob Walker. “Welcome to the era of white noise. Our lives are in constant tether to phones, to email, and to social media. In this age of distraction, the ability to experience and be present is often lost: to think and to see and to listen.”
- Want To Get Great at Something? Get a Coach: How do we improve in the face of complexity? In this TED talk Atul Gawande shares what he’s found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again.
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