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"It is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work." (Collins, p. 210)
In Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't (2001, HarperBusiness), Jim Collins describes a "Hedgehog Concept." Hedgehogs are unremarkable creatures that do one thing very well (roll into a ball with hard spines outward when threatened by a fox). The Hedgehog Concept is a "simple, crystalline concept that flows from deep understanding":
This compares with some advice from one or more sources that I picked up years ago. Applying the Hedgehog Concept to a person, I suggest that for your career:
If you can find a career that fits these three concepts, then you can be paid for doing something you like. Then your career will be like never having to work.
Best wishes for a rewarding and fulfilling journey.
John Schuyler, January 2002.
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