• Eve Arnold

What if we Were More Illogical About Our Choice of Career?

Being illogical about a career choice seems a little bit stupid. But I’m taking a leaf out of Rory Sutherland’s book — if all problems in the world had logical solutions they’d be solved b y now.

What if you made choices on your career based on the scenic route to work or the pet policy?

I don’t know how familiar the concept of Alchemy is with most people, I know for me I didn’t have the foggiest until it was introduced to me. Alchemyct is basically old age chemistry where scientists attempted to make base metals form into gold. Most famously lead into gold. Now, this can’t and won’t ever happen but the act is fascinating all the same. The attempt or the trials and tribulations led (excuse the pun) to some creative thinking and some illogical outcomes.

I’m reading about illogical ideas at the moment and I thought I would share some insight. First of all, thinking about logical and illogical ideas in the same sentence is quite, well, illogical. We as humans love logic, the world is full of logical solutions for complex problems. Hungry? Eat, fat? Go for a run, tired? Have a nap. For bigger problems (although me being hungry or tired are quite large problems in my opinion) like transport in the UK or the housing crisis, what if we applied some illogical thoughts and asked some ‘stupid questions’. On that note, although everyone says there is no such thing as a stupid question — let’s face it there is. Although we all pretend that there isn’t, there is definitely underlining judgment as soon as the question is asked.

What if we started to think of problems by asking the stupid questions like why do we need more houses? The obvious answer is because there aren’t enough for the amount of people in the UK. But is that true, how much space does one person take up? If you do a quick google search for ‘tiny houses’ you’ll find numerous, innovative solutions for several problems. 1. The housing crisis 2. The mortgage / loan, never have enough money problem 3. The getting a job you hate to work all the hours under the sun to then pay for your huge house that you can’t afford. All of a sudden you get a tiny house, you have everything you need and you’re free to do whatever with your time. Imagine.

It’s the same with the transport problem. Rory Sutherland propositions this brilliantly, do we need more trains or do we need to redesign the ones we’ve got? What about if we had a section of seats that ran down one side and then we had a standing section — done right we could house a third more people on trains and everyone would be happier. The cost? A lot less than a load of new trains.

So, with careers being my chosen subject of interest, and specifically how we find happy careers, how can we apply this illogical logic? What if we were illogical about our career choice, what if we choose our career based on how it made us feel rather than how much money it put in our bank account? What if we chose a career based how scenic our commute into work was rather than how much progression there is. It sounds silly but the idea that one size fits all and that all people want money, progression and a decent working hours just simply can’t be true. For some people, their dogs are the centre of their world (i.e. me) and having them happy and well looked after whilst at work is the absolute priority — hence a pet policy and being able to bring your dog into work would be hugely helpful. Conventional logic would miss all these things because it is presumed that aren’t important enough or they are illogical solutions.

Originally published at https://www.careerhealth.info on March 2, 2020.

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