Had a demoralizing talk with a longtime friend when I was in New York the other day.
He's been practicing corporate law for almost 20 years. Big Law, as they say, at a firm. Hasn't made partner and finds really no joy in his work.
As he said, "I don't look to work to provide me inspiration." He has 3 kids, all in private school, and despite jumping around to a few firms, has never been able to find his groove.
In short, he's stuck.
It's sad, but I get where he's coming from. He's got a lifestyle now that requires the income he makes-even if he isn't excited about it-so he can't go anything about it.
I imagine there are parts of most people's lives that feel this way. It could be work, relationships, health, or psychological.
I listened to him and wished I could help him with some sage advice, but what should I tell him?
Obviously, he wants to be satisfied and challenged to his potential...he's that kind of guy...but he's not and, well, I don't see what he could do to bust out of the cycle and fulfill his obligations at the same time.
What am I missing here?