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What an Old Japanese Folktale Can Teach Us About Career Satisfaction

The Stonecutter is one of my favorite Japanese folktales. Its author and date of origin are unknown, and it is likely several hundred years old. And there’s a good reason why it’s still around: the message in the story can be applied to anyone at anytime in every career. … Instead of saying, I’ll be happier if... look at all the ways you can be happy in the position you are in now. At times, we are so focused on getting to the next step in our career, we miss the meaningful opportunities that are already waiting for us. There is a lot of power in a stonecutter, but sometimes you have to become a stone mountain to realize how important and powerful the stonecutter’s hammer and chisel are. 

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Quick Guide: How to Find Your Perfect Career (And Why So Many Are Doing it Wrong)

When you don’t know what you want to do, your search can take you an inch in a million directions instead of a mile in the one that matters. What you call “searching” is not progress; you’re treading water. You are exerting a lot of energy to keep your head above water, but you’re not getting any closer to shore. 

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How to Find Your Purpose (and how to stop wondering if you’ve found it yet)

Last week, I wrote about two big questions: what are you doing (your mission) and why are you doing it (your purpose). Too often, people confuse what they do with why they do it. When they finish a project or achieve their goal, they lose their motivation to find the next thing. These smart and creative people are left treading water, wishing they hadn’t solved the unsolvable problem, because then they still would have a defined, achievable goal.

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