Your Dream Job Is A Reality

The best way to win the “career lottery” might be to give up on the idea that it exists at all.

I don’t think anyone wins the career lottery. Saying someone was “born for” something is a convenient shorthand for a lot of hard work and experimentation. Sure, you can point to Beyoncé and say, “She’s doing what she was born to do,” but I bet she’d be a pretty good accountant or something if she wanted.

You could look at the desire to do something “better” than working the same boring job your whole life as a generational shift, but that’s a bit simplistic. It’s not that we have different values. We have different opportunities. People get hung up on this idea of finding a calling, but you don’t need to know what yours is. You just need to try a lot of different stuff. That’s easier during times of uncertainty. Instability has made us more open to change, perhaps because we’re afraid and forced to adapt, but also because there’s more possibility. If you look at American companies, many of the biggest were founded by entrepreneurs during a depression or recession.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an employee, you need to own the idea that you’re self-employed. No one cares as much about your career as you do—even if you want to keep working for an organization, the point is that you’re looking out for your own interests. Put forward your priorities and think about what you actually enjoy doing. Honestly evaluate how joy, money, and “flow” intersect for you—in a meeting, on a call, or even doing something you thought would be a dream project. Listen to the compliments you receive. People from the outside can often point to our strengths better than we can ourselves. Ask, “Did I take joy in that or did I feel anxious?” About flow: Well, do you ever lose yourself in something? Can an hour go by and you don’t realize it? If you’re struggling to feel that at work, pay attention when it does happen. Ask to take on duties that give you that opportunity. Start a side hustle. The barrier of entry is so low that everyone should have more than one income source, if only because it produces a disproportionate amount of security and confidence. Even if you don’t make much money on it, you’ll always know you could do something else if you lost your job, or if it sucks so much you have to escape it.

The people most likely to end up with meaningful work are discontented. Not necessarily miserable, just frustrated. They don’t want to do things the way everyone has before. People look in from the outside and think, “It’s just so terrible because there’s no clear, linear path.” Well, why would we want there to be? Are you feeling unsettled? I hope so. That means you’re on the right track.


The global climate change strikes on Friday are said to have been the largest protest for climate change in history. An estimated four million people participated in 2,500 events across 163 countries on all seven continents. That included an estimated 300,000 Australians, but a total of zero were in Hyde Park in Sydney, despite a viral photo that claims otherwise.

Australian Youth Coal Coalition, a pro-coal Facebook page, posted a photo showing trash strewn across a park after what appears to have been a large event. "Look at the mess today's climate protesters left behind in beautiful Hyde Park," the photo was captioned. "So much plastic. So much landfill. So sad." The only problem is, the photo wasn't taken after a climate change protest. It wasn't even taken in Australia.

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Last Friday, millions of people in 150 countries across the globe took to the streets to urge world leaders to enact dramatic solutions to combat climate change.

The Climate Strike was inspired, in part, by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old girl from Sweden who has captured worldwide attention for her tireless work to hold lawmakers responsible for the climate crisis.

The strike gave people across the planet the opportunity to make their voices heard before the U.N. General Assembly Climate Summit in New York City on Monday.

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As world leaders meet to discuss new ways to tackle climate change at the U.N. Climate Action Summit, they might miss one very big part of healing nature – nature. In a new short film, youth climate change activist Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot, a writer for the Guardian, talked about how we need to use nature as a solution to climate change.

There's a huge push to curb emissions, but it's not the be all end all of handling climate change; we also need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. While we don't have technology to do that for us, there is another solution. "There is a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air, costs very little, and builds itself. It's called a tree," Monboit says in the film. Researchers found that we could get rid of two-thirds of the carbon dioxide that we've emitted during the industrial era just by growing trees. That amounts to 205 billion tons of carbon. Right now, deforestation of tropical forests is responsible for 20% of current greenhouse emissions.

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Climate Action Tracker

In 2016, 196 countries signed the Paris Agreement, pledging to combat climate change by taking action to curb the increase in global temperatures. The Paris Agreement requires countries to report on their emissions and what steps they're taking to implement those plans. Now that the countries are coming together again for the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York City, it's worth taking a look at what kind of progress they've made.

The Climate Action Trackerkeeps tabs on what each country is doing to limit warming, and if they're meeting their self-set goals. Countries are graded based on whether or not their actions would help limit warming to 1.5 degrees C.

According to a recent article from National Geographic, The Gambia, Morocco, and India are at the head of the class. "Even though carbon emissions in The Gambia, Morocco, and India are expected to rise, they'll fall short of exceeding the 1.5-degree Celsius limit," the article reads. Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States, on the other hand, get a big fat F. "Projected emissions in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the United States are far greater than what it would take to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius."

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Greta Thunberg has been dubbed the "Joan of Arc of climate change" for good reason. The 16-year-old activist embodies the courage and conviction of the unlikely underdog heroine, as well as the seemingly innate ability to lead a movement.

Thunberg has dedicated her young life to waking up the world to the climate crisis we face and cutting the crap that gets in the way of fixing it. Her speeches are a unique blend of calm rationality and no-holds-barred bluntness. She speaks truth to power, dispassionately and unflinchingly, and it is glorious.

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