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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Today's Big Idea: Finding Your Calling

The Big Idea for Friday, April 20, 2012

At a time when many young people are finishing college and graduate school to discover that jobs are scarce or nonexistent in their chosen fields, the path to a meaningful career seems more tortuous than ever. 

Yet in a world whose problems are more complex than any humanity has ever faced before, we need passionate entrepreneurs in every field – people who are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to carve out a career path that inspires them to leap out of bed in the morning, roll up their sleeves, and get to work. 

It's not easy. There are no cut-and-dried formulas for finding your calling, and the path can be long and winding. But people who have found work they feel passionate about have some common tendencies: a desire to live a meaningful life, openness to new experience, willingness to follow an intriguing lead into the unknown. 


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