The Fallacy of Calling

Garrett Mintz
2 min readMar 17, 2020

One common piece of advice I hear is that “you should work towards finding a calling”. The advice makes sense. I mean if you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-actualization is at the top and it is easy to assume that finding a calling is consistent with achieving self-actualization.

But what if it’s not? What if we have it wrong?

I work in the space of implementing employee horizontal mentor programs for companies and I have studied extensively the correlation between aligned Work Orientation and the likelihood of successful mentor relationships. I have…