Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford

Crawford, Matthew B. (2009). Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. The Penguin Press; New York.¬† As those I’ve had the occasion to speak with about employment well know, I am obsessed with the value and significance of work. This beautifully-written book by Matthew Crawford¬†provides a philosophical investigation of abstract, knowledge-based…

From Anxiety to Empowered Job Hunt: Skills and Strategies

Whenever someone asks me to perform a particular task, I immediately experience a moment of weakness, self-doubt, and fear. Can I do this task well? I wonder. Even worse – what if I make a mistake? Wouldn’t that be ever so embarrassing and horrible? As I writhe in my seat and bite my tongue considering…

Learning Independently – A Required Life Skill

This past Saturday, I wrote a blog post about my desire to eschew energy-consumptive activities with little meaning to my life in the long run. I proclaimed that instead, I want to focus my energies into building up a valuable base of personal skills – an endeavour applauded by Cal Newport in his book and…