The Road Not Taken: Chapman & Frost

Sunday, 12, October, 2014 0 , , Permalink 0

The best lessons in life occur outside the classroom. Here’s a recent example. During high school, we read Robert Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken”. It was to encourage us to think for ourselves, break away from the crowd, take risks and create our own path. The last stanza of the poem is one of the most over-quoted in travel and motivational books/posters/speeches etc: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I; I took the one less travelled by; And that has made all the difference. I’ve recently discovered that the true message in this poem is actually intended to be a much more realistic, pragmatic and honest one. Even more surprising is that I learnt this from a much more ...

The Modern Career Crisis Staircase

Monday, 19, May, 2014 8 , , , Permalink 1

Have you noticed that “what do you want to be when you grow up” is no longer just a question for pre-schoolers? Plenty of twenty-something’s (myself included) are asking themselves the same question on an almost-annual basis.  I’m not exactly panicking about it. It’s become so much more acceptable nowadays to not know what your career is going to look like in 5 or 10 years time. Not only that, but slipping into a cookie cutter career is now (in some circles) considered mainstream and suitably unimpressive. Instead, we are encouraged to think outside the box, make our own rules and define our own version of career success. Is it just me or does that sound like a lot of pressure? Social ...