I remember when doing O levels and A levels recognising that my choices opened up future employment opportunities whilst closing down others. I felt I was destined to do a particular thing and be a particular person but I didn’t know what that pathway was and it caused me more than a few sleepless nights as a youngster.
Those who would counsel me started from the end point of professions and did not factor my passions, interests or competences into the equation. I felt they were not listening to me, or considering my input.
The Japanese concept of Ikigai captures the feeling precisely and…
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