The nature of work, both in the ideal and in reality, captures my interest. Noting the many unhappy faces on a rush-hour bus or train is to mind the gap between the ideal and the reality for most people, and ask if it is just the way of it, or if meaningful work for all who want or need it can be realized.

A first step may be enough self-knowledge and confidence to walk away when you are manifestly not fit for the role expected of you, as Harry Eyres did here.

‘I never adapted either to office life or to the ethos of Christie’s. I decided that wearing a pin-stripe suit and ingratiating myself before aristocrats and tycoons was not my cup of tea.’

Source: Harry Eyres, Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013), p. 39

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