Thursday, June 16, 2011

Keeping your mind alive

I think one of the things that they do not teach in college, that they certainly should, is that a vast majority of jobs are near mindless work. Even when part of the job involves something really interesting the bureaucracy of working in a company, the difficulty in working with a bunch of people or the dreariness of your office environment will take up a lot of the time.

There are a few solutions like starting your own business where the struggles of being a small business owner will seem more important because it is your paycheck you are fighting for. Or you can try to contract in your chosen area and take work that is interesting, if there is enough to go around. But for those of us who are stuck being a corporate citizen the challenge remains how do we keep our mind alive.

The first thing is to value whatever parts of your job are enlivening and see how you can increase that portion. And the second is to find something(s) out of work that really engage us. ASD folk tend to have many intense interests so it should not be hard to find something that can occupy the non-work hours-- or any surreptitious work hours you can devote. The key thing is to find something or else you will find your mind atrophying away like a retired boxer.

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