New studies shows purpose gives you resilience, and that’s what will get you ahead.
“Follow your passion” is one of the most frequently repeated bits of work advice. It’s also one of the most frequently criticized, and for good reason.
Experts suggest that, for most of us, hard work makes us passionate for a field rather than the other way around. We develop passion for what we do over time, rather than starting out with a clear, defined passion for a particular career path.
Happiness is a serious business. Inspired by the positive psychology movement, corporations hold positions for “chief fun officers” and esteemed institutions like Stanford and Yale offer classes on happiness. But this infatuation with good times is only creating confusion about what it means to succeed, and what skills we need to thrive.
One of the goals as a parent is to watch your child accomplish many wonderful things. My son is only 3, but I can already sense that this overwhelming pride I have for him will be present for the rest of my life. Besides being kind, I want him to find something in his life that he feels passionate about. As a teacher, I’ve seen that passion can facilitate hard work, but raising a hard-working child is about more than that.
The summer is winding down (say it ain’t so!), which means you only have a couple weeks left to get a summer vacay in. While it can be strangely easy for many people to push off planning time away from work and the stressors of the everyday grind, it’s incredibly important because when you relax on vacation, your body responds accordingly. And if you’re a person who doesn’t think you need to take a break and relax, we’ve got some reasons that prove why EVERYBODY needs a vacation.
It’s the end of the school year, the time of graduation speeches, of looking back at accomplishments and making plans for new ones. It’s a time when many parents think about their hopes and dreams for their children, whether they are graduating or just learning to walk.
During undesirable situations, such as getting rejected from your dream college or getting laid off from a job, it’s understandable that you may feel disappointed. This sense of failure may give you a greater motivation to push forward, while others will simply give up. But, learning from your mistakes may allow you to be more confident, adaptive, and tolerant to negative situations, according to a new study.
The quality and safety of patient care, and indeed the very vitality of our health care systems, depend heavily on high-functioning physicians. Yet recent data have revealed an extraordinarily high — and increasing — prevalence of physician burnout, defined as emotional exhaustion, interpersonal disengagement, and a low sense of personal accomplishment. In light of compelling evidence that burnout negatively affects patient care, health care leaders are rightly alarmed and are searching for answers.
The resulting national dialogue on physician burnout presents an opportunity to address physician well-being more broadly, in that physician well-being should be viewed — to paraphrase the World Health Organization’s well-known definition of health — as an optimal state of physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of burnout. Professionally fulfilled physicians (defined as those who experience happiness or meaningfulness, self-worth, self-efficacy, and satisfaction at work) are better equipped not only to practice the art and science of clinical care, but also to lead the effort to identify and implement much-needed improvements to our systems of care.
The many drivers of both burnout and high professional fulfillment fall into three major domains: efficiency of practice, a culture of wellness, and personal resilience. Efficiency of practice and a culture of wellness are primarily organizational responsibilities, whereas maintaining personal resilience is primarily the obligation of the individual physician. Each domain reciprocally influences the others; thus, a balanced approach is necessary to build a stable platform that will drive sustained improvements in physician well-being and the performance of our health care systems.
Summary: Creative people, such as newly-announced Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan, are often thought to be motivated by the desire to leave an enduring cultural legacy. Through their creative work, creatives such as Leonard Cohen and David Bowie continue to live on in our culture even after passing away.