CV of Failures – What Can It Do For You?

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Let the wild schadenfreude (pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others) rumpus begin!

Professor Johannes Haushofer, who teaches psychology and public affairs at Princeton, recently published a CV documenting every failure in his career to date. He listed the jobs he failed to land. The papers that never got published. The fellowships that went to someone else. The university programs he did not get into. This “CV of failures” was a Twitter sensation and was picked up by newspapers globally. It was so popular that the good professor complained that it was a “meta failure” as it attracted far more attention than his entire academic achievements combined! You will see his failures listed below this article.

He confesses he’s not the first academic to publish his failures; he cites a few others who have. And credits Professor Melanie Stefan of the University of Edinburgh for the idea, first published in the journal Nature in 2010. “As scientists, we construct a narrative of success that renders our setbacks invisible both to ourselves and to others,” she writes. “Often, other scientists’ careers seem to be a constant, streamlined series of triumphs. Therefore, whenever we experience an individual failure, we feel alone and dejected.”

She recommends we keep a CV of failures, to remind ourselves that failure is an essential part of what it means to be successful, and possibly inspire a disheartened colleague or friend along the way. Prof. Stefan also mentions that academic fellowships have a success rate of about 15 percent – meaning that for every hour spent writing a successful application, she probably spent six hours for nothing.

And as you will see below, a rejection can save your life.

How can this help me?

  • Self-awareness. We are not saying failures are are important as successes! However, self-awareness is an important component of Emotional Intelligence (EI). We have been looking at CVs of our accomplishments for years, that ignores the bulk of our efforts. Having a better awareness of our past successes and failures could improve our self-awareness, EI, future success and performance.
  • Taking Enough Risk. Also, noting the frequency of our failures has something to do with whether we are taking enough risks. While you can expect that frequency to go down after age 35, as you change jobs less frequently, it is important to see how often you’re putting yourself out there. If you’re not taking a chance to fail, you’re not taking a chance to succeed.
  • True Grit. You will marvel at how resilient you have been and can inspire others on how to weather setbacks.
  • New Opportunities. As you look at all the organizations that rejected you, you might reconnect with a recruiter who now, impressed with what you have done since then, has something better in store for you.
  • Blessings in Disguise. If nothing else, it will be an interesting trip down memory lane, and you can feel thankful for all those paths you did not go down, and are now blessed with the friends and family you have!  One of my first rejections after college was in 1998, at Sandler O’Neill, a financial services company. It was on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center in Manhattan; the view from its conference room was spectacular, with all of Manhattan at your feet. Sixty-six of its employees perished on September 11. It’s hard to even call that serendipitous rejection a failure. The long view matters, and failure is very subjective.

Professor Haushofer’s own CV of Failures

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Webinar: Are you at a stage where you need to rethink or reinvent your career?

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We all have stages in our career, where we need to rethink or reinvent what we’re doing.

Sometimes we need something different.

At other times we outgrow our current role or company and need to think about the next move.

Or maybe we’re happy where we are, but need to do something to take our performance/career to the next level.

According to Herminia Ibarra,  Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at INSEAD, the best way to navigate these situations is to act.

We need to do new things, meet new people and expose ourselves to new information. Experimentation is the name of the game.

She’s sharing her ideas and insights on personal and career transformation, in a free webinar. If you need some guidance or inspiration in this area, it should be an interesting session to attend.

You can view more details and register here.

Work life balance: How to find out if an employer values it as much as you?

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It’s finally time.

You are ready to begin your search for a new job.

And hopefully you’ll have some interviews and job offers soon.

During previous interviews, you might have felt as if it were a mistake to mention the possibility of occasionally missing work to tend to family matters. The mere mention of work life balance or time off, seemed to turn the interview in a bad direction.

Even though you weren’t hired for those jobs, you felt lucky.

How comfortable would you have been working there? How could it have affected your family?

Consequently, your question becomes: How can I find an employer who understands the importance of life outside of work and the obligations of my home life? An employer who’s on the same page as me, on these matters.

Here are a few ways to help you research a company and find answers to those questions.

Word of Mouth

Perhaps the easiest method for obtaining employer information is to ask your friends, family, or current associates.

Often times they, or someone they know, will have a story, positive or negative, regarding a current or past employer.

Understand that such stories must be taken as anecdotal, but the information may lead you to investigate further before you commit to an employer.

Job Sites

Until recently, there weren’t many tools available to help a prospective employee find the right employer.

As more information becomes available on the internet, finding information about the working atmosphere of a company is readily available.

When using job sites/boards (such as Monster, Indeed, CareerBuilder), you will often find links to employer ratings and comments., for example, has links for reviews and learning what it’s like to work for a company, shown next to many job advertisements.

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Employer Satisfaction Information

In addition to job sites, databases regarding workplace atmosphere are now available.

For instance, has extensive employee reviews detailing workplace atmosphere, job position satisfaction, and potential salaries.

There are also sites available that detail workplace conditions for women (Maybrooks, Fairygodboss), using the perspective of females in a particular position or experience.

What Do You See and Feel?

You can also put your detective hat on and observe what’s happening at the company.

If you see a mostly empty office when you arrive for your 6pm interview, it can be a sign that late work hours aren’t always required.

Do you see family photos on the desks? That may be a sign that the atmosphere is a comfortable, relaxed place to work, and that the company is at least somewhat committed to their employees and their families.

Many modern businesses take pride in their family-friendliness. If the interview process does not include information about a company’s policies regarding family leave, or days off built into the system, that’s probably something to take note of. Lack of a focus on such policies may be a sign of other issues that might arise in their employ. Keep looking.

We all want to find the perfect job. So many facets of your life can be affected by the way you feel about your work, good or bad.

With a little diligence it is possible to find the employer that will see you as more than just an employee, but as a member of a family, yours and theirs.

Job Hopping – Yes or No? When and Why? – Here are the answers

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At the top of the motivational list for seeking a new place of employment is often an increase in income.

Additional reasons include wanting to face more of a challenge in a job, a lack of room for improvement or promotion in a current position and discrepancies with management practices.

Although theses are valid reasons for making a job change, one question that often comes to mind, is whether or not job hopping will be beneficial or harmful.

Job Change Impact

In the salary department, job hopping can be beneficial.

An ECA International Survey indicates that employees who remain in their current position will only see a four percent increase in their income, over the course of one year.

On the other hand, employees who make a switch in jobs, see anywhere from a 10 to 20 percent  increase in their paycheck. This can add up to a decent amount after a few hops.

According to Ahu Yildirmaz, lead economist at ADP Research Institute, the wage increase from full-time-job switching was most pronounced for workers aged 25 to 34.

“In general, younger job holders saw their wages rise much higher than the 35 [and above] workers. This is the time of life when workers acquire skills rapidly and enjoy frequent promotions. This dynamic slows considerably for mid-life workers, aged 35 to 54, and for 55 and above, it’s even slower.”

Employers value the skill set and perspective employees bring to the table when they have had several different jobs before arriving at their current company.

Employees who frequently engage in job change activity are often high performers and work hard to make a productive first impression, for the time that they will remain at a particular company.

These employees are likely to be the first to volunteer for new projects and have impressive problem-solving skills as well.

Job Stability Impact

However, there are benefits to remaining with one company over time as well.

At the top of the list is the opportunity to receive promotions at a faster rate than those employees who frequently make job changes. Many companies follow a policy of promoting from within the organization before seeking to fill a vacant job position with an outside employee.

Employees who remain at one company also learn valuable skills that make them more attractive to their current employer. They often become experts at what they do, develop good internal/external networks and understand the workings of their company inside and out.

Recruiters and hiring managers are often wary of frequent job switchers and prefer candidates who have stayed in their previous role for at least 3 years.

These insights come from a study by Professor Monika Hamori at IE Business School, who says that overall job hoppers do not prosper.

So What Should You Do?

While there will always be specific cases and exceptions, in general all this information suggests that to maximize earnings and promotions:

  1. You can change jobs more often till you hit 35.
  2. However, ideally, you should stay with a company for around 2-3 years.
  3. After 35, it makes more sense to stay with the same company for a longer period of time.

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What is the work you can’t not do?

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All around us people are discontent with their jobs and, as a result, their lives.

As children we are told that we can be whatever we want to be. Then, life happens and it proves to be much harder than that.

You wake up one day, and your life mainly consists of going to a job you despise and praying for it to be six o’clock already.

Most people are dumbfounded when it comes to figuring out how to find a job they love and still make money.

Scott Dinsmore founded a platform called Live Your Legend. It inspired people to find their passion and connect them to career possibilities.

Mr. Dinsmore gave a Ted talk about this exact thing: How to find work you love. Have a look at his talk below, or read on for the highlights.

According to Scott, A majority of the population is not happy with what they’re doing. That’s because people are not choosing what to do; they get told what to do.

Everyone believes that it’s standard to be miserable in your job. You do what you have to do, to bring home a paycheck.

There is this epidemic of complacency.

Dinsmore recounts that, when starting out in the workforce, he was told it didn’t matter if he liked his job. It was all about building his resume. He quotes Warren Buffett saying, “Taking jobs to build up your resume is the same as saving up sex for old age.” It was then that Dinsmore embarked on the adventure of making Living Your Legend.

This platform took more than four years to become successful, but he made it. It is on this platform that he shares his advice on how to achieve finding work you love.

First, you must figure out what your passion is. No one is going to tell you what your passion is. You have to look within yourself and think about something that you would love doing every day of your life. What is something that would bring you joy no matter what the salary is?

A considerable issue with society is that we are all made to believe that success is the same across the board. A huge step in finding your passion and a job you love is defining what success is to you. Scott Dinsmore provides three tips that help you to do this:

  1. What are your unique strengths? – A person must be honest with himself and determine what he is great at and what he does terribly. What is unique to him as an individual?
  2. What are your values? – What is important to you? Do you care about friends, health, personal time or success, and achievement?
  3. Finally, what are your experiences? – Think about your everyday life experiences and apply it to figuring out what you want and what’s right for you. Use that life experience to determine what your passion is, what you’re exceptional at doing and what you’re awful at doing.

Once you have discovered your passion, you must work towards turning it into a career. People end up on this cookie-cutter path in life because of the fear of failing. We convince ourselves, or people around us say, that things are impossible. Through the journey of life, things discourage us from believing that we could have what we want in life.

Everything that is, was once thought to be impossible until someone did it. Dinsmore talks about how everyone thought that surpassing the four-minute mile was impossible until Roger Bannister broke it. Then, two months later 16 more people did it too. Impossibility is a state of mind. You have to be confident and tell yourself you can do it; otherwise, you’ll give up before you’ve even started.

To achieve your definition of success, you have to be motivated. Surround yourself with people who inspire you. That inspiration will light a fire under you and encourage you to achieve what may be deemed impossible.

Dinsmore tells a story about how he swam in the San Francisco Bay across the Golden Gate Bridge. He has a fear of dark blue murky water. It was especially dark that day due to inclement weather. After receiving encouraging words from his friend Jonathan, who was 13, he jumped out of the tugboat and into the water.

Dinsmore’s point is that if we all had a belief in ourselves and what we could achieve, there would be nothing stopping us.

At this point in his talk, Dinsmore discusses how Living Your Legend had not grown at all in four years, and he was almost ready to shut it down when he went to San Francisco.

There he met inspiring people who had these unique lifestyles that consisted of blogs, websites, and businesses that inspired people and allowed them to do what made them happy.

He continued expanding Living Your Legend and, after a year and a half, his platform became a success having over 30,000 users.

Dinsmore quotes Jim Rohn saying, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Don’t give up on your goals. You shouldn’t compromise what you want because it’s not working out. Change your surroundings, not your goals.

We live in a society that encourages complacency. Some people remind others of what they can’t do instead of what they’re capable of. People push you to take positions you hate because it’s what society has deemed a necessary evil to survive.

The world will blame your lack of “success” on not working hard enough, but the standard of working hard has become warped. People expect you to work in a job you loathe and are over-qualified for, getting minimal pay and working overtime for no compensation. Get away from people trying to push you into something that makes you unhappy. Define your personal view of success and strive for that instead.

There are a lot of things in this world that are beyond our control. We can’t control the recession or getting let go from a job, but we can control ourselves. Everything that Dinsmore discusses is 100% in our hands.

Some people may think that there’s no opportunity in their passion. We live in a new world where you can do whatever you want. Dinsmore explains that the only thing that limits possibility is imagination. You can write about your favorite thing in a blog. You can have a Youtube channel. You can even create your own business of selling wood-burning designs if that’s your passion. Anything that you love, there is some application for it that can be successful – you just have to get creative.

Ultimately, if people in this world do what they love, they will inspire others to do the same. It has become the status quo to hate your job. Memes are plastered all over social media sharing this consensus. Eighty percent of people are unhappy with their jobs. We spend a majority of our lives at work. As trite as it may sound, the old saying is that if you love what you do, then you’ll never work a single day in your life.

Scott Dinsmore’s movement is attempting to facilitate this notion. Be inspired and inspire others. Tell people they can do anything because it’s true. Stop encouraging people to waste their lives at professions they hate just because it’s steady money and they’re building their resume. They’re building a resume that will only allow them to continue working in a career that makes them unhappy.

Think about how the world would evolve if people did what inspired them and encouraged others to do the same. Dinsmore reiterates his creed and finishes with one final question: What is the work you can’t not do?

Great Speeches to Provide a Shot of Career Inspiration

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Inspirational and motivational speeches can be a great source for overcoming those little everyday struggles (and sometimes bigger ones as well).

Here is a selection of great speeches, which can provide some inspiration for your career.

“Empathy is Choice, and it’s a vulnerable choice.” says Brene Brown in his speech entitled “The Power of Vulnerability.”

To empathize with someone else, you have to open the doors of your feelings. This vulnerability gives you the power to look at yourself and go beyond your limitations.

In one of her speeches, J.K Rowling describes failure and imagination as the two essential ingredients for success.

Failure takes you a step closer to your true passion, while imagination gives you the empathy that makes you a better human being.

Steve Jobs describes the significance of the failure for success, in his most renowned speech at Stanford, where he shared how getting fired from Apple inspired his greatest innovations.

“Stay hungry, Stay foolish.” The signature quote was first cited in this speech.

Ellen DeGeneres takes you through the anecdotes of her struggles and says that that being true to yourself gives you the freedom from fear.

She says, “I know I’ll always be OK because, no matter what, I know who I am.”

In this scene with his son, in the movie The Pursuit of Happiness, Will Smith’s character shares the ultimate wisdom – to not undermine your dreams because of anybody, not even your father.

If ever you feel you cannot do something, remember his words, “If you want something, go get it. Period.”

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, asks all career seekers to seek opportunities that create an impact rather than running after titles.

For a successful career, you need to care about your coworkers along with what you are working on.

She recommends that if you want to win hearts and minds, then you must work with your heart and mind.

Denzel Washington urges us to embrace failure instead of running away from it.

He challenges us to get used to our failures because everyone fails at something at some point. Failures prove that you are trying, and eventually they help you to lead towards your passion.

He reminds us, “Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.”

Orlando Scampington, in his humorous motivational speech, takes us through various examples to make us believe in our unlimited potential.

I hope all these speeches/words give you strength in times of failures, the boost to perform better than the last time and the faith to believe in yourself.

Top Career Regrets You Might Want To Avoid

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There are always going to be decisions you make and things that you do, which you regret later on.

Learning from past mistakes is just one way that we grow, but learning from what others believe to be their biggest career regrets, can allow you to hopefully skip some of the trouble.

Daniel Gulati, an author and venture investor, interviewed a diverse mix of people, in order to learn about their top career regrets. He spoke with people from various age groups and occupations, such CEOs, photographers, rich entrepreneurs and an investment banking MD.

Here’s the regrets that appeared most often.

Not Quitting Earlier

Most of the people that are dissatisfied with their career/employer/industry wait a very long time before they finally quit, to pursue something they are more passionate about.

In many cases, it boils down to the person staying in a job that they don’t like, and not quitting at all.

They usually stay in their current employment due to rat race conditioning, variable reinforcement and fear of public failure, among other things.

Picking a Job Solely for Monetary Reasons

Many people have the career regret of choosing their job based solely on monetary reasons, and later find out that this was not enough to motivate them to want to do their jobs day in and day out.

They wish they considered other factors as well, and/or made compromises somewhere along the road, so that they could take lower paying but more satisfying jobs.

Not Having More Confidence To Start Out Independently

People can often regret not having more confidence in themselves to start their own venture.

Many want to own their own business and be their own boss, but do not have the confidence to take that first big step.

So, they remain with their employer and regret not trying to have a go at starting their own company.

Not Maximizing Schooling

Another common regret involves not maximizing time at school and merely getting a degree.

Some may have rushed getting through school to land that first job.  They may find that they want to go back to school to either learn something new or get more familiar with something they glossed over the first time around.

Not Following Gut Feelings

The final regret that many people face is not following their own intuitions – that “gut feeling” that tells them that they should jump into an opportunity, or take some risk.

This could for example, come in the form of being offered a position in a new/untapped/unfamiliar market.

These moments of change may make a person hesitate when deciding whether or not the reward is going to be worth the risk, and some may underestimate the reward or overestimate the risk, due to which they decide not to go ahead.

As they say, “Hindsight is 20/20.” Therefore, it can be hard to be sure if any decision that is made today will lead to a regret tomorrow, but learning from others may help you to prevent some regrets in your own career.

Diversify your career to balance happiness and money

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It’s a common issue that many people face at some point in their career – how do I achieve the holy grail of Money-Happiness Balance?

Professor Horacio Falcao at INSEAD has been researching this topic and has some initial insights to share.

So often we separate our professional lives from our personal lives and gain no satisfaction in either.

We may be unfilled in our professional lives and use the time in our personal lives as simply a respite from the daily grind. That is not a path to happiness.

It might be useful instead to think of your career as a stock portfolio.

We are always told to diversify our assets. So, why wouldn’t we extend that idea our career to find true happiness?

Managing your professional life as an investment can lead to less vulnerability professionally and more fulfillment personally.

Expand Your Career

If you are unhappy with your current position, you could look for a new job. But, there is no guarantee that you would gain long-term fulfillment from moving somewhere else. Often, after the honeymoon period of a new job/company, it’s just more of the same.

A second option is to leave your job and pursue your real passion. However, this might have an impact on your financial situation and while you may be fulfilled in ways your traditional career did not provide; other areas may be lacking.

Big and drastic moves might not achieve what you are looking for and are risky as well.

A better option is to diversify your career and take small steps, in order to develop expertise in multiple areas and maximise money-happiness, while keeping risks low.

Barbell Career Plan

This is where the barbell career strategy comes into play.

You know a barbell has weight on either side with a bar in the middle. Think of one weight as the ‘safe side’ and the other as the ‘speculative side.’

Indicatively, you could keep around 80-90% of your career investment on the safe side and around 10-20% on the speculative side.

Obviously, your current full-time job is on the safe side.

The speculative side could involve taking on two jobs, charity work, auditing a course, or part-time employment, without overhauling your life.

Safe investments provide financial cushioning. If your speculative extreme fails, the impact is not significant. You can be proud that you took the risk and then identify what you would like to try next. At the very least, it helps you feel that you are not stuck in a rut.

Benefits of the barbell strategy

Implementing the barbell strategy has a number of benefits, such as:

  • Introducing new opportunities for you to increase your fulfillment and happiness.
  • Allowing you to engage in trial and error, and make small mistakes.
  • Attaining a broader set of skills and experiences, which might be useful for future roles and career paths.
  • Providing a better understanding of what you want from your life and career.

The barbell career strategy is not for everyone. However, more and more people are using it and here is one example.

Why you won’t succeed at having a great, or even a good career

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All of us want to have a good career.

Many of us want to have a great career. To reach for the stars. To love what we do. To live the life we really want.

But, as Larry Smith notes in his TED Talk – “Why You Will Fail to have a Great Career”, we are all going to do just that: fail.


As Smith notes, you won’t have a good career, because good jobs are disappearing and are being replaced with high-stress, high-anxiety, work-obsessed careers – the kind of soul-sucking jobs that leave little to no room for pursuing your greatest interests and passions.

Unfortunately, these types of jobs are taking over, and there is no happy medium.

What about those of you who want to have a great (and not just good) career.

According to Smith, you will fail as well.


Because you’ll make up some excuse or the other, for not doing what it takes to have a great career. Here are some examples of typical excuses.

  • Excuse 1: Great jobs and careers, for the greater majority, are happened upon by luck. So there’s no need to really try.
  • Excuse 2: I’m not a quirky genius, like Steve Jobs. You need to be quirky and also a genius, to have a great career.
  • Excuse 3: Mommy and Daddy told me that if I work hard enough, I will succeed in having a great career. So all I need to do is work hard at whatever I’m currently doing and I’ll have a great career.

To have a great career, you need to have many interests. And you need to go after the 1 or 2 interests, that you’re extremely passionate about.

Passion, as Smith notes, is your greatest love. The love that surpasses all others.  The one that engages you and inspires you to actually, finally, stop making excuses.

However, even for those of you that are crystal clear about your passion and the kind of life/career you want to have, you will still fail to have a great career. Unless………..



What to study, if you want to be a billionaire

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You say you want to be a billionaire?

Well, the mad scientists at have compiled some information that you might want to know, if becoming a billionaire is your goal in life.

They have named this list the Billionaires League.

The list contains information about league members’ ages, countries of origin, courses of study, levels of education and choices of school, if any.

They have compiled this data by poring over the last 20 issues of the Forbes 100.

One factor the list examines is choice of school for higher education among billionaires.  Standout schools included Harvard University, with 20 billionaires, Moscow State Institute, with 11, Pennsylvania University, with six, and The London School of Economics, with two.  Clearly, the school you choose for your higher education is an important factor in becoming rich.

The next thing to consider after you have chosen your school is which course of study to pursue.  Which majors offer you a better chance of becoming a billionaire?  According to the list, the following are the number of billionaires for each academic major:

  1. Engineering – 48
  2. Business – 38
  3. Economics – 36
  4. Law – 15
  5. Physics and Chemistry – 8
  6. History – 7
  7. Computer Engineering and Science – 6
  8. Commerce – 5
  9. Mathematics – 5
  10. Philosophy – 4

From this data, engineering, business, and economics are the best courses of study to major in, if you plan on making billions.

Another factor to consider is what level of education is “required” to become rich.  The following are percentages of billionaires according to level of higher education:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree – 47%
  2. Dropped out of College – 25%
  3. Master’s Degree – 23%
  4. Doctorate – 6%

The Bachelor’s degree is the most common form of higher education for the world’s billionaires, with nearly half.  What might be surprising is the high percentage of billionaires with no college degree at all.  It is often thought that higher education is a requirement to be successful in life, but this data shows that among billionaires this is not necessarily true.

The data also shows that a Doctorate degree is generally a waste of time and money if your goal is to be super rich.

Using the data provided by the Gocompare team, you now know what to do to greatly increase your chances of becoming a billionaire.  ‘Simply’ attend Harvard, achieve a Bachelor’s degree and major in Engineering.

Career Choice & Change: Are you a multipotentialite?

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As a child you were probably asked this question many many times – “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Well-meaning adults often ask the question, in order to get a funny answer, or to provide some inspiration.

“Dream big!” they might say.

However, what they are, in fact, asking you to do is choose one career to dream about, rather than embracing myriad interests and passions.

In her TED Talk “Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling,” Emilie Wapnick illustrates the importance of embracing your interests wholeheartedly and acknowledging that there is nothing wrong with NOT having to do one “thing,” one career, for the rest of your life.

Wapnick discusses what led her to this revelation, highlighting a few points to disregard when it comes to attaining self-fulfillment in today’s ever-evolving world.

Forget Boredom

Let yourself develop your multiple interests – and if you become bored, it’s okay to move on to the next one.

When you are tied down to focusing on one subject you might be limiting your personal growth . You may devote a lot of time and energy to one passion project, and then it might lose its sense of challenge and become boring.

This is not a bad thing!

Without a sense of challenge, there is little room for development. If you are not satisfied with one thing, stagnancy can take place, and you may become counter-productive.

Forget Anxiety

Choosing a singular path can lead to anxiety for this reason, among others.

The cycle of boredom from jumping from one interest to the next, may result in the thought that none of those interests will turn into a career.

The idea of having to choose one thing and eventually deny all other passions may lead to fear of endless boredom. But, by moving through interests, further knowledge is gained and can be applied to anything you take on.

Worry about fear of commitment is also often a culprit of anxiety. You may feel that something is wrong with you for not wanting to stick to one thing.

In such a fast-paced society, people are constantly bouncing from job to job, and there is nothing wrong with gaining experience in multiple realms of whatever interests you may have. You don’t necessarily need to relegate these interests to hobbies. Embrace your full potential and explore!

Forget Culture

The idea of having to choose one interest to focus on is instilled in us from the get-go because of our culture/society.

Wapnick poses the question of why we assign the words wrong and abnormal to doing many things. The answer: culture.

When posed with the age-old question of what we want our destiny to be, there is the assumption that we are all wired for “the one” career that will suit us, and that all of our other passions and interests must be pushed aside to follow that path.

The good news is that culture is constantly changing and growing to accommodate those multiple interests. Not only that, but the term “career” is slowly becoming an outdated notion. You no longer have to choose one – you can apply all the skills and understanding gained from those interests as you so choose.

Forget the Word “Career”

You’re not wired to have one specialty for the rest of your life? No problem.

The more subjects you’re curious about, the better.

Because, according to Wapnick, what you are is a multipotentialite, and there is nothing wrong with you.

You are a complex person with many interests and a strong creative drive – someone who can pursue these interests and unlock their potential on many levels.

Now, here are a few ideas to take into account and remember for unlocking your multipotentialite powers.

  1. Idea Synthesis

As a multipotentialite, you have expertise (or at least experience) in many fields. Therefore, you can combine your various disciplines to create something new at the intersection where they meet. Innovation is born from unique ideas and individual backgrounds.

  1. Rapid Learning

In the same vein as idea synthesis, your myriad of skills can be transferred across disciplines to bring all the knowledge you’ve gained to whatever field you may pursue next.

  1. Adaptability

Having such a broad range of abilities and talents gives you the capacity to adapt to whatever any particular situation requires. Your well-rounded experience lends you an open book of opportunities.

List of jobs which provide the best work-life balance

best jobs for work life balance

With the demanding nature of many modern jobs, the line between personal life and work life is quickly fading.

According to Scott Dobroski from Glassdoor, this is largely due to the 24/7 connectivity of our tech-heavy world. With emails and social networks to connect us, your work can reach you at all times with just a click.

Speaking further on the issue, Dobroski had this to say, “Inevitably, there are some jobs that may require more attention during and out of normal office hours. Before accepting a job, job seekers should do their research to understand the hours that are expected in the role, where and how they can get their work done, and the overall nature of the job.”

Thankfully, there are still many great positions out there that allow you to have a life outside of work.

Recently, Glassdoor analyzed its data to find the jobs that best provided the work-life balance that so many employees crave.

Without further ado, here are the 25 jobs that scored the highest (scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is ‘very dissatisfied’ and 5 is ‘very satisfied’).

  1. Data Scientist

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.2/5

Average Annual Salary: $114,808

Job Details: Works to extract insights from large volumes of data that clients provide to be analyzed.

  1. Search Engine Optimization Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1/5

Average Annual Salary: $45,720

Job Details: Works to optimize the search results of client websites by conducting research on keywords and other SEO attributes.

  1. Talent Acquisition Specialist

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0/5

Average Annual Salary: $63,504

Job Details: Works to support hiring managers, and the businesses they represent, throughout the entire hiring process.

  1. Social Media Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9/5

Average Annual Salary: $24,380

Job Details: Works to devise and implement the social media marketing strategies of a company.

  1. Substitute Teacher

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.0/5

Average Annual Salary: $40,000

Job Details: Fills in for teachers when they are absent from school.

  1. Recruiting Coordinator

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9/5

Average Annual Salary: $44,700

Job Details: Works to manage the postings for new hires, and handles the initial contact with candidates who may be potentially hired by a company.

  1. User Experience Designer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9/5

Average Annual Salary: $91,440

Job Details: Works to improve the accessibility, usability, and overall pleasure of areas where the client interacts with a product/brand/company.

  1. Digital Marketing Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.9/5

Average Annual Salary: $70,052

Job Details: Works to develop, implement, and track digital marketing campaigns across various digital channels associated with a company.

  1. Marketing Assistant

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $32,512

Job Details: Works alongside marketing managers to develop effective sales strategies and campaigns.

  1. Web Developer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $66,040

Job Details: Works to create code used to make websites function.

  1. Risk Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $69,088

Job Details: Works to help businesses determine the financial risks involved with daily going-ons, investments, and operational costs.

  1. Civil Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $65,532

Job Details: Works to ensure the design and supervision of large-scale construction projects.

  1. Client Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $71,120

Job Details: Works as a full-time liaise between a company and its clients.

  1. Instructional Designer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $66,040

Job Details: Works to develop and research educational content.

  1. Marketing Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $60,000

Job Details: Helps research and analyze marketing trends by competitors, as well as current and potential customer information, to create effective campaigns.

  1. Software Quality Assurance Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $91,440

Job Details: To ensure the software is properly developed, software quality assurance engineers develop all automated testing routines that perform manual testing on a regular basis.

  1. Web Designer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $53,848

Job Details: Works to design the look and feel of a website; including the color scheme, information flow, and graphic design of each page.

  1. Research Technician

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8/5

Average Annual Salary: $36,525

Job Details: Assist research scientists with the various practical aspects of daily research.

  1. Program Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7/5

Average Annual Salary: $71,120

Job Details: To improve a business’ profits, program analysts make improvements to the operations and procedures a company has in place.

  1. Data Analyst

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7/5

Average Annual Salary: $58,928

Job Details: Provides ongoing reports by interpreting data and analyzing the results using statistical techniques.

  1. Content Manager

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7/5

Average Annual Salary: $60,960

Job Details: Writes, edits, and proofreads content for professional websites.

  1. Solutions Engineer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7/5

Average Annual Salary: $92,456

Job Details: Working alongside product development teams. Solutions engineers work to solve and identify customer issues.

  1. Lab Assistant

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7/5

Average Annual Salary: $27,550

Job Details: Takes samples from various sources to collect and process information using various pieces of lab equipment.

  1. Software Developer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7/5

Average Annual Salary: $80,000

Job Details: Works with other departments to research, design, implement and test computer software for company programs.

  1. Front End Developer

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.7/5

Average Annual Salary: $75,000

Job Details: Work to develop the aspects of websites users interact with.