Myths of Vocation

August 21, 2018By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

  Recently, I had two separate conversations with friends who were in career crises. Each crisis was catalyzed by a sense of disillusionment with work—the feeling that the world had promised them something and was failing to make good on that promise. One friend, in her mid thirties, is in the midst of a corporate … Read More

What is Entrepreneurship?

March 12, 2018By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Recently, I was chatting with a client of mine who was a few years into resurrecting an organization that had nearly fizzled out under previous leadership. When she assumed leadership of the nonprofit, it had run out of money, was unclear on its mission, and had major personnel problems. As we talked, she described to … Read More

Let’s Change How We Ask About Calling

October 3, 2017By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

I hate icebreakers. Maybe it’s the introvert in me. Or maybe it’s because I’m Irish and my face heats up every time I’m put on the spot. Either way, I hate icebreakers. Four or five years ago, during one such icebreaker, I was paired up with a man and asked to talk about our jobs. … Read More

Failing Well, Not Fast

June 26, 2017By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Someone asked me once, “Why are you afraid to fail?” I remember wading through a bunch of half sentences until I admitted, “I don’t want to fail because I’m afraid of who that means I am. Basically, my identity is at stake.” Even though I know that my being is more important than my doing, … Read More

Zooming In and Zooming Out

June 17, 2017By Michaela O'Donnell LongArticle

Together, my husband and I own a creative agency. Separately, I work as a practical theologian and he is a filmmaker. Like many of our colleagues and friends, we are busy “building” our careers. And while I admit to daydreams of snorkeling and sleeping until 10 a.m., our chosen trajectories are ones that require long … Read More