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Words: Meg Jay

The one thing I have learned is that you can’t think your way through life. The only way to figure out what to do is to do –– something.

 

Currently reading her book The Defining Decade, which is almost like having a session with a life coach (assuming it’s the kind of conversation you’d have with one.) It’s a challenge to live a healthy proportion of work and exploration, since too much work and no exploration is rigid, conventional, and exciting as floss. Too much exploration without work (that counts) risks making a person irrelevant, and trapped in a deepening state of (to quote Erik Erikson as quoted by Meg) “disengaged confusion.” Thus, I’m trying to wrap my head around how I’ve lived so far; it’s been an exploration of work, but more floss than expeditions. I taken risks, but why the nagging feeling that I’ve played it safe?

If you’re going through a similar crisis, perhaps her TED talk on Why Thirty Is Not The New Twenty can shed some light.

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