Saturday, October 28, 2017


Like it or not, life is a series of competitions.

― Harvey Mackay

When career first appeared in English in the 16th century, it was used to refer to a jousting field or racecourse. Knights who jousted were said to "career" at tournaments.

The word came from the French carrière, also denoting a racecourse, which came from the Latin carrus, meaning a chariot.

It wasn't until the 19th century that career came to mean the "course of one's professional life."

For a fortunate few, careers are smooth, steady, genteel affairs.

But for most of us, they're pretty brutal, halfway between a joust and a chariot race.

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