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Episode 106: Scott Schimmel on Career Feels


The conversation discusses the impact of constantly asking kids how they feel and the potential negative effects on their happiness. It then transitions into guiding young people in exploring their future and career choices. The concept of happiness as a poor indicator of the right path is explored, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing values. The chapter on satisfaction highlights the value of working hard and learning new skills. Finally, the conversation concludes with the importance of contributing to a cause and making a difference.


  • Constantly asking kids how they feel can lead to a focus on immediate emotions and hinder long-term happiness.
  • When guiding young people in exploring their future and career, it is important to prioritize values and consider factors beyond happiness.
  • Happiness is a poor indicator of being on the right path, and satisfaction should be valued more.
  • Working hard, learning new skills, and contributing to a cause can lead to greater satisfaction and fulfillment.
  • Prioritizing values and making a difference in the lives of others can have a longer-lasting impact than seeking immediate happiness.

Do you know?

For years we’ve been studying what a young person needs in order to transition into a healthy, thriving adulthood.  

They're uncommon sense ideas, really.

Download this checklist and use it with your students (or kids).

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