What a whirlwind April is turning out to be! Everything from the crazy weather - snow yesterday, 80 degrees tomorrow - to deeply concerning world affairs, make it hard to know where to start. I think the most inspiring thing to happen so far in my world is the publishing of an important book. Stanford Business School Professor, Pfeffer, along with co-authors, wrote the book on a topic I am passionate about - work is killing us. In Dying for a Paycheck, just published this month, Pfeffer et al., reveal their research showing the current dysfunctional state of the American workplace is quite literally killing people, the 6th largest killer of people in the US.
Why is this inspiring? Because now we can finally talk about it. Now, when people like Judy Wicks give speeches like this one, we feel their urgency, and the relevance of the topic to our own lives. We can ask ourselves if we can do better? Maybe we can find work that supports our families AND our souls. We can read a Charles Eisenstein essay, like this one, and be moved to consider changing how we think about the concept of more, and bigger, and better. What's enough? What's too much?
I'm inspired because enough of us are now coming together to re-think work and making a contribution, and coming up with solutions. One of my clients just informed me last week, she and her husband and children have decided to become world citizens, letting go of traditional jobs to learn and work in many countries, and to world-school their children. What an incredible journey!
As Coelho wrote: "The world is changed by your example, not your opinion."
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