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I spent the first 25 years of my life mostly just being carried along and following the path. I first realised that I was not in a job I was fulfilled in. Despite doing ‘well’, earning good money and being given a nice corporate title, I wasn’t doing my life’s work. Far from it, in fact. With the job taking up such a big portion of my waking hours, I knew there had to be a better answer.
I’d lost sight of who I was. I wasn’t living by my beliefs and values. I wasn’t in control. I had lost a part of me (thanks to my working life and, probably, the education system, too). I wasn’t living my own life the way I wanted to live it. In fact, it was for a large part being dictated by others and the ‘status quo’ I had become accustomed to. Conformity had well and truly taken over.
I decided to take the bull by the horns, and to start living life the way I wanted to live it. I began a journey of self-discovery, and came to realise that I am an introvert.
I also came across about positive psychology, which provided further fuel to the fire, and helped me to realise the science behind why I was so unhappy! In June 2015 I resigned from my job of 4.5 years; I commence a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology in September 2015, alongside a part-time course with ‘Escape The City’ – a fantastic organisation aimed at helping individuals to find more meaningful work (whatever that means to them), and to empower/inspire them to take steps towards doing so. Escape was an amazing experience for me, and a pivotal part of this journey. I’d recommend you check them out.
I continue to learn and consume lots of material (books, blogs, podcasts and more). I have gotten wisdom and inspiration from a wide group of people – including scientists, philosophers, economists and entrepreneurs. From the Dalai Lama through to Denzel Washington (yes, the actor), and many, many others, I’ve learnt a lot from many whom I see as self-actualising and flourishing (or well on their way).
Only around 18% of the population is flourishing. Similarly, 70-80% of us don’t enjoy the jobs that we do. This is simply not good enough.
So, I decided to make some changes, write about my continuing journey, and about living well in general.
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“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” – Dalai Lama