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Buddha, Freud, Jung & More for Freelance Workers

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

An explosion in online freelance work is democratizing how and when and where we work. The “why” of work-what it means to people, beyond surviving-has changed very little. Freelance workers, at entrepreneurial sites like Fiverr.com, are innovating new ways to work. Many create models of service delivery that are designed to enrich both the “worker/entrepreneurs” and their customers.

In times of social transition-or whenever individuals navigate for themselves-it helps to recall what some of the wisest among us have said. Since a person’s attitude contributes so greatly to their ultimate success or failure, how should we think about work?

What do the doctors of depth psychology prescribe?

The most influential psychologist of the last century, Sigmund Freud, wrote: “Love and work are the cornerstones to our humanness. Love and work… work and love… what else is there really?” Far from seeing work as a grudging necessity of life, Freud thought it was essential to our humanness. He thought nothing else-nothing but love itself-could match work’s importance in our lives. Must those two fundamentals be forever at odds?

Modern cultures quarantine love in the workplace. Office romances disrupt. Emotions complicate commerce. Business prefers predictability. For too many, “work” is that imposed misery whose recurring intrusion forces us to abandon the people and things we do love… because we have to go to work.

What a triumph to harmonize these competing components. Imagine your own ideal marriage of work and love. What would you genuinely love to do as your work in the world? Freelancers are leading the efforts to merge Freud’s dual-if not dueling-essentials. It requires doing work you love.

The most influential psychologist of this century, Dr. Carl Jung, described an equation of the heart: “The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.” That’s why love, meaningful work, and even meaningful play, are so deeply nourishing. It’s also why some people can lead happy lives amid great simplicity, while others with great advantages may find life meaningless and live in misery.

Both triumph and terror can inspire individuals to new heights.

Pearl S. Buck earned the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.” The first American woman to ever win that prize, she shared her secret: “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” That’s one way to recognize “worthy work” that could enliven, challenge, and renew: look for joy in the work itself.

The absence of work resembles a “fountain of aging.” Many older men do not live terribly long or well after retiring. Even crummy-but-familiar jobs defer deterioration. Work is so important that one Federal Reserve study found that the suicide risk for unemployed people is 72% higher than for someone who is working. Even retirees and people who were simply on leave from work had elevated rates of suicide. Work structures our world. Work keeps us together. To be blunt, work makes us 72% less likely to give up on life and kill ourselves.

Doing work that you love not only maintains you, it energizes and revitalizes your life force. The fountain of youth is not in Florida. Renewal is found in giving and receiving love and in doing the life-work that you feel drawn, attracted, excited, called, destined, or just plain “lucky” to be doing.

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has written: “Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it.” Finding your purpose enriches the meaning of being alive. Engagement in meaningful work and having a sense of purpose in life are psychological pillars of mental health and life satisfaction.

Far from satisfaction or any shred of human dignity, concentration camp survivor Viktor Frankl felt that finding meaning and purpose-even in the manmade hell of Hitler’s death camps-made all the difference for his survival of Nazi horrors. Frankl’s mother and brother and wife all died in the camps. He not only survived but went on to teach and inspire, including writing a best-selling book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” that has benefited millions.

Inspiring guidance expands our definition of what it means to work.

Fortunately, wisdom about work has been around for as long as there has been miserable work. What endures is of great value. “Work” is what we call what we do in the world. Many centuries ago, the Sufi poet Rumi summed up his advice in one phrase: “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” That is precisely the prescription for success that is being rediscovered today. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

The Buddhist concept of “right livelihood” encourages everyone to find work that does no harm and awaken to the effects, far and near, of how they earn a living. The Buddha offers the following cosmic job counseling: “Your work is to discover your work, and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.”

So, the very first step of doing your work in the world is to find your work. You are not told to find any work, but to find your work. By discovering your work, you unveil to yourself what you are “cut out for” and would love to do. There is an alternative, but if you choose your job just for the health benefits… you’ll probably need them.

There is some wise counsel, if not 2,000-year-old “career advice,” in the Taoist wisdom of the I Ching (Sarah Dening version):

“We become hypnotized and conditioned by other people’s opinions as to what is right. To continue making progress, you must discover your own deepest values and live by them. If your life-style is incompatible with your true nature, you cannot be happy. What matters most is to live in harmony with yourself. Your life will then unfold in exactly the right way.” There may be no better way to live in harmony with yourself than by finding-or creating, if you must-a way to do work that you love.

Once you find your work or feel a calling, it will be your attitude that counts the most. So, in closing, here is the attitude toward work recommended by Dr. Martin Luther King: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

How to Plan Your Relocation to New York

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

New York City redefines one’s life and turns it around by 180 degrees. At times it might look like a concrete and steel wilderness, and at times the same city offers your Central Park- which feels like a free-pass one has earned surviving in this tough city. New York can be merciful and tough on you- but I guess one would agree, it changes you as a person for the better. Relocating to NYC can turn out to be one of the best chapters in life. With thousands of communities, ethnicities, races, all genders, faiths and their numerous languages- New York City shelters you like no other city does. One of the biggest financial capitals of the world, it is the most populous city in America. Proud of its status of being a ‘Global Power City’- New York majorly influences global trends pertaining to Fashion, Finance, Art, Literature, Education, Commerce, Technology, Entertainment and much more. New York has one of the largest harbours in the world and it is divided into 5 Boroughs, namely: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. We have come up with the perfect relocation guide for you. Let’s take a look: -

Accommodation and Neighbourhoods:-

Though there are numerous upscale and decent neighbourhoods in New York City, there are some localities which are all-encompassing and cater to everything that one would need in terms of ease of access to transport options, quality schools and healthcare centres, utility and departmental stores, general safety of the neighbourhood etc. Some of the best neighbourhoods, which score high on these parameters are Manhattan, Chelsea, Midtown East and Gramercy.

Midtown East is one of the most upscale and chic localities of NYC with iconic city landmarks like Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Broadway. You can find incredible one, two, three bedroom and Studio apartments in Midtown East here.

Manhattan: Known to be one of the economically high-end neighbourhoods of NYC, Manhattan is pure ‘city-living’. Towering skyscrapers, gourmet restaurants, popular attractions like Central Park, New York State Library etc. Accommodation in Manhattan can range from one, two bedrooms to Studio apartments for a single person. Value-for-money, a range of exclusive amenities, minutes away from the tube station- these apartments will be the most practical choice for you in Manhattan.

Chelsea is the neighbourhood to be in if you like a more vibrant, artsy and lively neighbourhood that feels closer to home. From exquisite art galleries to the best of fashion and amazing restaurants- Chelsea has ‘unadulterated life’ to offer to you. Mostly red or brown sandstone or brick buildings amidst new age contemporary architecture- Chelsea has the best Service Apartments that will make you instantly feel at home. With fully-furnished apartments, stocked kitchens, best of furnishings in bedrooms- we strive to make you feel like you never left ‘home’.

Gramercy: This neighbourhood bestows ‘exclusivity’ like none other. From private parks for residents, high-scale living spaces, greenery all around, luxurious apartments- Gramercy will provide you everything you need, so you won’t have to move out of the neighbourhood for literally anything. Luxury apparel outlets, bookstores, libraries, good schools- Gramercy defines good living standards. Check out amazing serviced apartments in Gramercy that shall grant you with worry-free living with prompt maintenance, state-of-the-art amenities, modern furnishings and unparalleled ease of access to Public transport.

Education:-

In terms of Education, New York City has some of the best elementary and high schools and also institutes for advanced learning. The New York Education system is actually the largest in the whole of America with more than 1600 elementary and high schools. It also has several specialised high schools for gifted students. The city also has 120 Institutes for Higher Education and some of the most renowned institutions which receive the highest number of students from across the world are Columbia University, Barnard College, New York University and The Juilliard School.

Healthcare:-

In terms of Public Health Care, New York City has the largest municipal Healthcare system in the world. It includes 11 Acute or Intensive care hospitals, 5 Nursing homes,6 major Diagnostic and Treatment centres, and more 70 community-based health care centres for the working class and the economically unprivileged sections of the society. The most reputed hospital under this municipality is Bellevue Hospital where one can go for specialised and general diagnosis and subsequent treatment and emergencies as well.

Transport:-

New York also has one of the best and extensive Transport systems in the world with multiple modes of Public Transport. Some of the major modes of Public Transport are: New York City Subway- which is the world’s largest rapid transit system, City Buses which is the largest in North America, Staten Island Ferry which also boasts of being the busiest ferry system in the world, and the Yellow Taxicabs in which more than 12000 cars are functioning in the city.