The Life-Changing Magic of Reimagining our Relationship with our Work.

5I’ve never been a fan of the phrase “work/life balance,” because it implies that work and life are separate things, in competition with each other. Shouldn’t one’s work be part of one’s real life?

What I didn’t realize was that for many people, the answer to this question is a resounding no.

I’ve been thinking about a book I read earlier this fall called Why We Work by Barry Schwartz (who changed my life with his work on the paradox of choice), and it’s based on his TED talk about the meaning of work. (This book is part of TED’s new book series that invites authors to expand popular TED talks into hundred-ish page books, including Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere and Margaret Heffernan’s Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes.)

Schwarz writes:

“Work is more often a source of frustration than one of fulfillment for nearly 90 percent of the world’s workers. Think of the social, emotional, and perhaps even economic waste that this statistic represents. Ninety percent of adults spend half their waking lives doing things they would rather not be doing at places they would rather not be.” (Read More)

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