Thanks for sharing your perspective, Roger. Neither you nor Tim are wrong, I just think you're each speaking to slightly different audiences.

Tim is speaking to an audience who feels exactly how he felt when grinding away sick as a dog at 4 in the morning. The audience that's tried the corporate world every which way and is beyond fed up with it.

I think you're speaking more towards a pragmatic audience that understands the corporate world will have its bad days, but the skills learned are invaluable. They accept the flaws of the corporate world in exchange for consistency, experience, and growth opportunities.

Again, you're both right, just for different reasons.

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I love everything about this, Shev! I stumbled across the idea of Ikigai a few years back, but unfortunately left it's principles in the past. This piece is a great reminder for me, especially because I closely empathize with your story.

The part I struggle the most with is monetizing purpose. I see myself as someone who could make a great life coach given my ability to understand others and having a well-rounded understanding of the professional world, but charging for my advice feels wrong. I think I need to evaluate how I could put two-and-two together so I can live my purpose.

Thanks for sharing this story, great read!

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Jeff Peirish

Jeff Peirish

ADHD brained Christian, mental health advocate, and wannabe coffee aficionado | Professional recruiter and career navigator | Top Writer in Ideas