"Be considerate and intentional with your life decisions. Rather than let life happen to you, author the story of your life. Author and philosopher Howard Thurman says it best with, ‘Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’"
"Folks slack off when they don’t think their work matters—a lack of intrinsic motivation that is also a symptom of burnout…But when they see that their work is important, they work harder and smarter.”
“People who are happy but have little to no sense of meaning in their lives—proverbially, simply here for the party—have the same gene expression patterns as people who are responding to and enduring chronic adversity.”
Tomorrow: Outside Magazine writer Grayson Schaffer talks to Fresh Air about how being a Sherpa on Everest is the most dangerous job in the world:
It’s essentially the pinnacle of adventure tourism and the thing to understand about the Sherpa workforce is that there’s no other tourism industry in the world that so frequently kills and maims its workers for the benefit of paying clients, and it’s something that people haven’t yet connected the dots on. That a 1% mortality rate for someone choosing to climb a mountain is acceptable, but a 1% mortality for the people that they rely on to get their stuff up the mountain as a workplace safety statistic is outrageous … if you’re a western climber you’re climbing the mountain once and you’re done. If you’re a Sherpa you’re doing lap after lap after lap through this roulette wheel of hazards that we know has a death rate, long-term, of 1.2% and that number makes climbing Everest as a Sherpa more dangerous than working on a crab boat in Alaska, it makes it more dangerous than being an infantryman in the first four years of the Iraq war.
“Always re-examine and reflect on where you are in your career at least every two years. Even if you’re perfectly happy with your job, the exercise forces you to check that you are actually enjoying your work and learning on the job rather than just being comfortable.”