Published on Jun 5, 2015
Happiness depends on the goodness of our jobs, and those good jobs are made not found.
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is the world’s leading researcher on hope. His mission is to help people of all ages exercise some control over what their future can become and to teach them how to aim for the future they want in school, work and life. He is also one of the most vocal advocates of psychological reform of America’s education system. He helps schools function less like impersonal factories and more like dynamic human development centers that help students achieve the meaningful futures they say they really want – including a good job and a happy family.
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COMMENTS • 32
Dusan Stanojkovic1 year ago
This is what i call an effective speech,unlike the rest,this guy just sticks with the subject,not wandering around,showing great examples,and approving my thoughts on this,and widening my view.Great way to show to others your way of thinking on this matter,and i thank You now wherever You are,for i learned a few things from You sir.
wetlazer1 year ago
He tends to repeat things a lot.
He tends to repeat things a lot.
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melovescoffee7 months ago
Thank you Mr. Lopez. That was very helpful! I’m now going back to work a part time ‘job’ out of 10 years of disabillity. Something that hopefully suits me and my limited capabilities. Good colleagues and an understanding boss are absolutely the most important things. After thinking about it long and hard, i don’t really care what it is i’m doing either. I might have to let go of the dream of being a gardener/nursery employee alltogether and do something else now. Sometimes it’s better not to stick with what you were hoping for and chose another path to happyness. I know all about how aweful a perfectly good job can be with terrible colleagues and a helicopter boss/manager. I will not deal with that again.
Annabelle Ortiz1 year ago
Very good talk! Thanks so much for the insights…great jobs are made not found
NiharaNao1 year ago
Totally Agree!!! I want to love my job, so I will create it!
tiffany caparas1 year ago
try psychology books it will help you also a lot I studied Psychology n I majored it!
wetlazer1 year ago
I’m really glad I stuck with this. At first I didn’t like this, but then it got really good, and I loved his message. This is not something ‘gurus’ ever tell you. The examples were terrific.
ABDS Corporation7 months ago
Sorry to say, but this joker, Mr. Lopez (a “Ph.D”), doesn’t know what he’s saying. He’s spiting out only what limited “knowledge” and experiences he knows. This isn’t even knowledge but mere information, which can easily be obtained online. It is so unfortunate that he’s misleading people and not even know it (good intention, bad outcome). As it is said, “the blind leading the blind.”
There is no such a thing as a “dream” job (“seek” a job that you “love” is so degrading and such a joke). Who honestly wants to wake up daily to go and do “work?” Honestly. Doesn’t matter what it is you do! Doesn’t matter how much you’re paid! Doesn’t matter how little time you have to spend on the work site! IT’S STILL A JOB, and you still have obligations– a chain tied around your neck!
To be a slave or not to be a slave? This is the question and the hell to avoid! It’s not freedom, which means you can do whatever you want. Whenever you want. However you want–act as desired, with no limitations. None!
There are a couple of devastating insights in his mindless speech that are missing: 1) You can never love a job or seek a loving job, which he claims you can–thus misleading and giving false hope, leading the lambs to be slaughtered! (Mr. Lopez IS NOT a philosopher but an academia.) Huge difference! It’s like an ant versus a lion!
There’s a philosophy that states: “all is within.” (Cut this out, paste it on your wall, and carry it in your mind 24/7 until it becomes you: the truth–the light of your life!) Thus, external things CANNOT bring happiness. Never.
With this in mind, you have to love yourself first and foremost. If you do, then whatever you do, you’ll love it, too (and all other things). However, if you hate yourself, whatever you do–no matter how so-called “great” it is–it’ll be an ugly profession or outcome!
No task. No performance. No job. No profession is truly “amazing.” If it is truly so-called “amazing,” then you would never want to retire. Never want to vacation. Never want to stop doing it. Therefore, it’s not honestly and truly “amazing.” Boredom would never occur (being bored is rooted from the LACK of the use of one’s mind in combination with patience; thus, always work your mind in hand with patience and NEVER be bored again. EVER! The combination of these two elements form the greatest known force in creation: conviction, which is the wedge that holds the heavens above the universe!).
The second point that’s missing in Mr. Lopez’s speech, which he does not even remotely mention: 2) There is no love in things (empty treasures). Never. It is the exact opposite: love (if it desires so) can have all things (though highly unlikely so: that love would pursue things, knowing fully well that such misstep will deviate from its core values). (Contrarily, you can have all things and yet not have love. Huge difference!)
If your parents, for example, constantly buy you shiny and expensive toys, but they are never home and never really talked and got to know you–once you leave the house, you’ll be a pretty sad and empty person–regardless of how much money you make, what you eventually own, and what you do. Matter of fact, more than likely, you’ll be in a bad position in life because of being exceptionally spoiled and emotionally deprived as a youngster. This has been proven time and again with rich brats.
On the complete opposite end, if you were raised with great love, gentleness/kindness, patience, joy, and acceptance–then you can have and achieve anything you desire in life. It doesn’t matter if you grew up dirt poor and with no social connections. This has been proven time and again with extraordinary people who rose to power throughout history.
Quick summary of all that I wrote: It doesn’t matter where you are in life or what you study in college or what profession you go into or who you marry or what you have or where you live. If you have love, then you’ll love all people, all things, all situations, all the time. For this is what love does. For it knows nothing else.
Because “all is within,” NOTHING can bring you love. (Never ever ever EVER!) Instead, how great it is (this being the truth, now revealed to us all), YOU bring love to all things. You express your love wherever you go. To honestly and fully express it is complete bliss!
Love is you and you are love. There is never a separation, distance or division; thus, there is no love in materials or in other people. “I’m in love with him!” FALSE. (Inaccurate cause will produce an inaccurate effect. Off reason, off result.)
In short, love is anything positive and nothing negative. “Love hurts.” FALSE. (LUST hurts: Acting with your penis, driven by your sexual desire, hurts.)
In the end, things are things. People are people. Situations are situations. Time is time. It is only you who bring the difference and significant to all these. You are the great common denominator! Reality is dependent on man. Without man, nothing matters.
Know and endlessly repeat this mantra: All lessons in life is about one and only one lesson: L O V E. To love and to be loved.
Sorry to say but there is a lot more than this that I am writing. It would take quite a bit more explanation and research to make it more comprehensive, especially exhaustive (my specialty). But at least what I wrote is a start.
Remember: To know is to understand. To understand is to be in heaven! (This should be your premise before all actions! For mind proceeds all things. It is master.)
Thank you for reading. Please enjoy the rest of 2016!
Joanne blows1 year ago
perfect the job you have…..best advice …thank you….
Jonathan Lee1 year ago
Bea M9 months ago
Bravo!!! 👏👏👏 Excellent Talk!!!
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Colleen Wenos8 months ago
Really good and helpful.
Platypus Paws1 week ago
That was worth watching properly
Colyn Prater1 year ago
oh no worries ill just switch my boss !! 😀 ??!?!
Ady P2 weeks ago
without watching this, I can summarise the essence of what he is going to say
“find something that engages your natural talents and that you’re passionate about, something that has meaning to you, benefits others and wider society, that working needs to be a whole lot more than a paycheck to get out of bed for”
He probably also mentions its best to earn a profit rather than a wage
Amanda Smith1 month ago
I loved this! He should have way more likes!!
Meg Ortiz2 months ago
ehat if you loved your job but cannot do it anymore because you became physically disabled….then what….midlife lost all trying to reingage at 55.
Princess Iseult3 months ago
ha ha ha he musthave seen my brother’s feet.
Nefertiti Negus4 months ago
Follow your passion