I am just wondering if the cultural differences might be blocking some effective communication in this dialogue. Most of the replies seem to becoming from those in th U.S.A. We have and often take for granted the number of opportunities we have in this country. We are a larger country in size I believe (been a little while since I've brushed up on these things) and have only 1/3 to 1/4 the population as India. The question that crossed my mind is, is this a issue of people not having any idea of what they would like to do, or maybe more an issue of a limitation of opportunity in your country. I have talked to a number of people who have said to me that they were unhappy with their work, only to find the dissatisfaction was really some other issue in their life. Once the real cause came into their awareness, they were able to resolve the issue and find meaning and satisfaction again. A very good book to help get to the heart of the matter is a book called FOCUSING by Eugene Gendlin. I have never met a person that after a little questioning, had no idea what they wanted to do as far as work. They may claim that at first, but find they really do know what they would like to do but are just blocked a little inside and can not figure out how to get what they want. If the issue is more that you know what you would like to do, but there is just no opportunity where you live, and it seems unlikely an opportunity in the field you choose will materilize any time soon, then you can only move to an area where the job is available or accept the situation as it is. I do not see anything else you can do but maybe someone else might have an idea.
This is a paragraph I copied from your website:
The magnitude of the problem can be gauged from extreme expressions such as “Lifetime imprisonment” ,”Spiritual suicide”, “Living death” being used by sufferers or some of the “titles” of the books that have been written by them:-
“I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really want” Barbara Sher
“I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This”: by Julie Jansen
“Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood” by Marsha Sinatra
“True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do” Paperback by Michael Toms
“How to Find the Work You Love” Paperback by Laurence G. Boldt
“Passion at Work: How to Find Work You Love and Live the Time of Your Life” by Lawler Kang
“To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love”: by Marsha Sinetar
“Discover Your Passion : An Intuitive Search to Find Your Purpose in Life” Gail A. Cassidy
These books as well as the inspiring story of Craig Nathanson are right on your on website. They lay the guidlines for the solution to the problem you are talking about. It seems to me the answer you are seeking is right on your website.
And to quote from your very first post:
. The introductory page relevant links and relvant books on the right hand side ot the page reveal the magnitude of the problem.
Some of the books and stories also suggest the solution. I would really like to contribute something to help if I could, but I am a little confused as to why you can see the problem but not the answer. Others who have confronted this in their life, and worked through it, have written books about how they have traversed this in their life, and you have mentioned them right there on your website. Maybe it is just me but I am scratching my head and wondering are you missing someting or is it me.
Please don't take this the wrong way. I am not trying to make fun. You are obviously a very intelligent person, and I am sure, as I mentioned in the beginnig of this post, it might be some type of cultural difference, that is getting in the way of a clear communication, but I feel like a guy, standing on the roadside, and you come up to me, tap me on the shoulder and say, excuse me sir, but a man about a mile back on the road told me if I came to here, I would have a very nice view of the forest. But all those trees over there seem to blocking my view. Can you please tell me if there is any other place where I may be able to observe the forest a little better.