We live in a world packed with 'self help' and 'personal development' advice. Yet a significant proportion of it lacks caveats or, frankly, empathy for most people's real-life situations. There's rarely any acknowledgement of the dispenser's circumstances or privileges - those invisible forces that make the seemingly incredible so possible.
Seeing 'guidance' like this leaves me often frustrated, sometimes despairing, occasionally angry. Pushing people in potentially dangerous directions? I dunno, not cool.
But every so often, something comes around that does the opposite.
Here's an example.
It’s practical and grounded, yet aspirational and empowering. And it’s delivered with humor, grace and empathy.
It's just 9 minutes long, and deserves 10x, 100x, 1000x the reach that it currently has. Even in a world of burgeoning AI fears, I believe it will stand the test of time. In fact, it may be even more pertinent.
Elizabeth Gilbert breaks down four little words that, when tangled together, can put you in a tailspin. Yet, when carefully prised apart, set you free.
It's essential viewing for anyone who wants to do impactful work in the world, or simply wants to avoid becoming - or being disrupted by - an automaton.