Thursday, March 31, 2016

Trusting the totality of your experience

Rogers was one of the founding fathers of psychology research and the pioneer of client centered therapy. In his best known book, which he wrote over fifty years ago, he outlined his professional trajectory as a psychology. 

Rogers said that he was best when he could let the flow of his experience carry him, in a direction which appeared to be forward, toward goals of which he was but dimly unaware. And he always had the feeling that if he was given some opportunity to do the thing he was most interested in doing, everything else would somehow take care of itself. 

It’s not exactly the most data driven career planning strategy. But not everything can be comfortably quantified. Not every human activity can be measured. The touchstone of validity is our own experience. 

As my surgeon friend once said, when it’s your heart, you don’t have to convince people that you can’t live without it. Because although we operate out of the need to control of their environment and actions, and although we have a native desire to label, organize and make sense of our world, some things can’t be proved by objective standards. 

Like the commonly used business phrase, if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t matter. 

Bullshit. What can’t be measured, matters. It is the unquantifiable component of the human repertoire that has the biggest impact on the people around us. 

And so, as you consider your professional trajectory, don’t get too caught up in goals and destinations and metrics and end games. Focus on a career that allows you make use of everything you are. Focus on work that engages as many of your skills as you can. 

And trust to totality of your experience to carry you where you need to go.

Are you working by instincts or by integers?

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