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Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to yourself. This is a vision of life that begins with self and ends with self. But people on the road to inner light do not find their vocations by asking, what do I want from life? They ask, what is life asking of me? How can I match my intrinsic talent with one of the world’s deep needs?

You can read the rest of David Brooks’ excellent Op-Ed piece from the NYT here.

A thought provoking piece for any of us who are struggling with these dilemmas and finding our own ways to define success and finding meaning in daily life.

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