The problem of not having a fulfilling career is a recent problem for mankind.
In the pre-industrial world, there were about 2000 distinct trades to choose from. Besides, it was enough for our predecessors to have somehow made ends meet. In today’s era of affluence, that number has climbed upwards of 500,000 and continues to rise rapidly.
How can a brain learn to process 500,000 options and pick the most suitable one? A loose analogy would be that your supermarket started stocking 6000 varieties of jam instead of 6. Your predicament is to choose one among those 6000 flavours to consume until retirement. What is more? Your friends and your peers never pass the chance to remind you, at dinner parties and on their social media feeds, how nice their variety of jam tastes.
While we have evolved to include those half a million careers as options, we haven’t yet learnt to redefine ‘career’ from its antiquated definition of being a linear path from beginning to end.
Career crises are the norm and not the exception. Hope realizing this will make them more bearable.
Inspiration: How to Find Fulfilling Work