2 August 2009

nicer ways to work

More TED lectures. This one by Alain de Botton from last month's conference warmed my heart. It's about rethinking what success means, and it's as simple, easy and wise as you'd expect from him. I think there's something to take from it whoever you are...as long as you have worked at some point in your life, you'll recognise something, even if it doesn't reflect where you are now. Like how a culture of fear is sometimes assumed to drive success, the status snobbery behind "What do you do?", or the occasionally dispiriting implications of working in an environment that refers to itself as a meritocracy. Something to remember the next time you're holding your breath and counting to ten.

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