July 24th, 2021: Greetings from Hualien! I am starting a 7-day break tomorrow so there will be no newsletter next week. We’ll be following in August with a series of guest posts.
Today’s guest essay is from Pam Hobart who is a philosophical life coach who helps intellectuals to clarify their thinking and values, so they can make decisions and commitments without cognitive dissonance. As she says “Nothing is un-philosophizable. Nothing.”
Since so many people are quitting their jobs this year or are thinking about it, she’s been helping people think through how to approach work and their careers from a bottom-up perspective. That’s what today’s essay is about.
She’s hosting a discussion session with the inter-intellect next week on this topic. If you want to learn more you can check it out here.
The way we think about searching for jobs is based on a certain mental model of work that is outdated. We assume that life is about finding the right "career," track, or path and then working backward.