Nigel Marsh’s advice on taking stock of your miserable existence

Quite interesting TED talk by Nigel Marsh, author of “Fat Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underpaid”. I agreed with him when he said this:

“certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible to meaningful engagement with a young family.”

The talk is good example of “engage your audience in 30 seconds” and starts with this line:

I’d like all of you to to pause for a moment, you wretched weaklings, and take stock of your miserable existence… [pause] that was the advice gave St. Benedict to his startled followers in fifth century.

The talk was full of gems like these:

I found it quite easy to balance work and life when I did not have any work.

There are thousands of people out there living lives of quite screaming desperation, where they work hard in jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.

If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you and you may not like it.

This is the description of his ideal day:

Wake up well rested, have sex, walk the dog, have breakfast with wife and children, have sex again, drive the kids to school way to the office, do 3 hrs work, play game with a friend at the lunchtime, do another 3hrs work, meet with some mates in a pub for an early evening drink, drive home to have dinner with wife and kids, meditate for half an hour, have sex, walk the dog, have sex again, go to bed.


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