12 Replies to “Careerist vs. Dilettante”

  1. Dear James Shelley. I just spent a glorious few minutes transcribing your post Careerist vs Dilettante for a project I’m doing called Proof in the Pencil in which I attempt to see how many words are in a single pencil. It is a delightful task. I hope it’s okay with you. Full credit is giving within the text. I’m on Facebook at Proof in the Pencil.

  2. hello James from a grey Dublin, Ireland.

    A belated thank you for the article. I work in higher education as a career guidance practitioner and toyed in my mind with what you have put so succinctly in your article.my paycheck say careers adviser but at heart i am a dilettante. how to discuss this with peers and students is another matter.

    your thoughts?

    1. I’m still very much wrestling with this, too. At the most basic level, I think the idea of finding projects/tasks/jobs that are ‘completable’ is fundamental (http://jamesshelley.com/2016/03/05/be-micro-ambitious/). This idea of completion points was what really triggered everything for me. Maybe this is a kind of discussion that makes sense to have with colleagues and students? I think it’s a way of thinking that goes beyond the job/career dichotomy. Perhaps it is more accessible, more broadly?

  3. Fantastic thoughts, here! So many folks these days wrestle with low dopamine from too much screen time. A top recommendation (in addition to less screen time) is to create big checklists with small tasks. It gets people hooked on the dopamine rush of completion as well as showing the value of the small over the big. Thanks for expanding this to the lifetime perspective. I’ll be sharing this post far and wide 👍

  4. Hello, James, we’re very happy to find that people are still discovering our little book. All the best, Everyone.

    1. Thank you so much for saying hello. And thanks for writing an interesting book. I’m curious, in the subsequent years since its publication, have you continued to write or expand on any of these themes elsewhere?

      1. That was our only non-fiction book but our novels, Luminosity (Random House, Canada) and Sea-Change (Mosaic Press) are informed by a careerfree sensibility. Perhaps you’ve read Ivan Illich’s book, The Right to Useful Unemployment and Its Professional Enemies?

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