December 4, 2013
Some peers and classmates tell me that they don’t feel challenged by their jobs anymore. Because of that, they want to change jobs.
I think about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: Satisfy the base things of security, food, etc. before going onto others. There are higher needs like self-actualization and esteem and such.
I find it a little counter-intuitive to jeopardize those base things to satisfy the things above them. Seems like putting the cart before the horse.
There’s a great webcomic illustrating Dean Karnazes motivation to transition from a marketing executive to an ultramarathoner. He says there’s no struggle in modern life.
It’s not a stretch to relate challenge and struggle. In her book “The Summit Seeker” Vanessa Runs writes “I imagine a life of complete comfort would make us sick, bored and miserable.” She also writes:
“It would seem that one of the main goals in our society is to avoid suffering, and yet suffering is part of what we crave as ultrarunners. It’s a big part of what makes our victory so sweet.”
I find challenge in running. I find it a way to satisfy self-actualization and esteem criteria without risking the physiological or safety needs. I’m not about to quit my job and become a nomad and/or ultrarunner, but I find it satisfying.
I guess I don’t necessarily understand the risk-taking that other young people are so keen on. Maybe I’m nore risk-averse than my peers. Maybe I just don’t think like a typical Generation Y Yuppie.
What do you think about the nature of risk and challenge?