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Sarah Jaffe: Why Work Won't Love You Back: The Trap Of The Labour Of Love

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Today's guest is absolutely phenomenal Sarah Jaffe. Strap yourself in and get ready to have your brain cracked open. After spending a few hours researching for today's interview, I felt like my brain had gone to the gym for three hours….in the best kind of way. Why? Because over the course of the next hour you will have your neurons rewired, and any limiting beliefs about what you thought work was all about could potentially be thrown out the window.

Over the course of today's podcast Sarahs goes on a myth busting adventure. These myths include work as a labour of love, the ‘unconscious’ role of women in the workplace, and why purpose is not in any way…all about work. Infact Sarah would argue that work is not designed to love you back.

So who is Sarah Jaffe? She is the author of Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone & she is also the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt.

She is a Type Media Center reporting fellow and an independent journalist covering the politics of power, from the workplace to the streets. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, the Guardian, the Washington Post, The New Republic, the Atlantic, and many other publications. She is the co-host, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine’s Belabored podcast, as well as a columnist at The Progressive and New Labor Forum.

Now before we dive in I feel that it is important to note that this podcast is about fostering intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future. On the surface this topic may seem counterintuitive to creating optimism (especially when we are talking about work) but intelligent optimism is based on the facts, and this is a conversation that explores the facts. It is one built upon research and credibility, and then intention is to make work better for everyone.

The image I got when reflecting on the conversation I had with Sarah was one of the tower cards in the tarot deck. For those of you who haven't seen this card, The Tower card depicts a high spire nestled on top of the mountain. A lightning bolt strikes the tower which sets it ablaze. In Tarot, The Tower is a symbol for the ambition that is constructed on faulty premises. The destruction of the tower must happen in order to clear out the old ways and welcome something new. Its revelations can come in a flash of truth or inspiration.

Let that inspiration be this podcast, because this conversation is the tower and If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, then we must be acutely aware of the story towers that need to fall in order to give life a new and more hopeful narrative about the future.

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