Work with a capital W


“What is my job on the planet with a capital J?” Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever you go, there you are

In his book on mindfulness in everyday life, Kabat-Zinn tells the story of inventor, Buckminster Fuller. Apparently, Fuller felt so depressed following a succession of business failures, that at the age of 32, he considered committing suicide. He stood at the edge of Lake Michigan for several hours, turning over the question in his mind. Eventually he decided to live his life as if he had died that night. He figured that if he could live without worrying about his own personal situation, he would be freed up to devote his life to serving the universe (or ‘Spaceship Earth’ as he called it). Fuller chose to conduct “an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.” (  He would focus on doing whatever it was that he knew about that probably wouldn’t happen if he didn’t personally make it happen.

Kabat-Zinn invites us to ask ourselves a similar question of ourselves. What is the work that only you can make happen? Big thought. Big experiment.


3 thoughts on “Work with a capital W

    • idcoach

      Thank you Joann – and your question is absolutely right. What can you bring into being that no-one else on the planet can.

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