In a troubled economy, schools and job seekers become extremely pragmatic, focusing more on teaching and acquiring the skills that are professionally in demand than on workers' well-being. Yet people’s increasing dissatisfaction with their professional lives is creating a profoundly dangerous situation – a disconnected society in which spending the majority of their time slogging through activities that have little meaning for them.
This is dangerous because at a moment in history in which we need energy and collective will to solve our increasingly complex problems, we can afford apathy and cynicism less than ever before.
Finding your element is a matter of taking personal responsibility and investing ongoing effort in finding the people, the tools and the answers that will result in a meaningful life. In the end, it’s far less exhausting than toiling away for years at something you don’t care about.