Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Career and Depression

Career often carries bag and baggage that may lead to depression. The bag and baggage may include career change, career setbacks, career termination, and among others.

Career change

It is never too late to change your career and be who you are meant to be. But your desire to change your career should be greater than your fear of failure when taking the challenge to change. Remember, the disappointment you feel today may become the strength to face the challenge you encounter tomorrow.

TAO wisdom

According to TAO, the wisdom of the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu, always have an empty mind because nothing is set in stone, and change your career without any fear or expectation.

“Following the conditioned mind, we fear everything.
Fear is a futile attempt to control things and people.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 74)

Career setbacks
                                     
Throughout one’s lifespan, career setbacks are often times unavoidable. According to TAO, what goes up must also come down. Career setbacks may give an individual a period of shock, denial, and self-doubt. Indeed, many individuals may experience trouble in accepting the realities of career setbacks, and thus adding regret and resentment to their bag and baggage.

TAO wisdom

Learn to accept everything in life as it is. Instead of wasting your internal energy raging against your self-perceived unfair fate in your career, direct your energy to creating a better reality. To transform that into a reality, an individual must determine why he or she failed, must explore new paths, and must seize the right opportunity with the right mind. Remember, a career setback may be a springboard to future success.

“We accept all that is simple and humble.
We embrace the good fortune and the misfortune.
Thus, we become masters of every situation.
We overcome the painful and the difficult in our lives.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 78)

To choose a career, to pursue a career, to change a career, or to end a career—they all require human wisdom, without which depression may set in, turning life into a life not worth living.

Stephen Lau
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