Why a 'Good Enough' Job Beats a 'Perfect' Job

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Reflecting on childhood dreams of becoming teachers, doctors, or movie stars, Simone Stolzoff, author of "The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work," challenges the narrative surrounding the question of what we want to be when we grow up. Stolzoff contends that asking children about their future professions elevates the idea of a "dream job" as life's paramount goal. Drawing from his own experience, Stolzoff worked in various fields in his 20s, seeking a job that would define his identity.

However, he emphasizes that jobs may not inherently provide life with meaning. In the US, a pervasive culture exists, urging individuals to excel continually, even extending this drive into leisure activities. Stolzoff, who left his position as a designer in 2022 to complete his book, argues against the pursuit of the "perfect" job. Instead, he encourages individuals to seek a job that is "good enough" to support the life they desire, considering factors such as salary, industry, schedule, or title.


1- What does Simone Stolzoff challenge regarding childhood aspirations in his book?

2- What drove Simone Stolzoff's diverse professional journey in his 20s?

3- What factors does Simone Stolzoff suggest individuals consider when finding a job?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article Engoo Daily News.