Transitions in the Work Life
Whoever in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth invariably deceives himself. Each ten years of a [person’s] life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.
—WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
TO GIVE PEOPLE’S LIFE STORIES ONE OVERARCHING shape, authors often trace their ultimate achievements back to a childhood dream. But that pattern is usually either the result of hindsight or a suggestion that their development was arrested by something early in their life journeys. As Goethe pointed out, the natural developmental pattern is not for people to keep the same dreams but to relinquish old dreams and generate new ones throughout their lifetimes. Most people also create new situations ...