Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A. C. Grayling, On Making Meaning for Oneself

Much of what we do as career developers is essentially an attempt to stimulate clients to create more meaningful lives for themselves (even if we can't do that for ourselves!). I believe that the strength and viability of meaning that one has in one's life has little to do with one's intelligence, or athletic skills, or leadership qualities. It has all to do with what one makes of what one has.

I sense that if this is not a difficult concept then it is foreign to many of us, at least in the West.

The man in the picture is A.C. Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. Here is his attempt to explain something similar, from the New York Times.