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Alain de Botton: What's Truly Behind Career Crises

Ever suffer that late-night panic about the direction your work and your life are taking? You're not alone, says philosopher Alain de Botton, author of "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work". Job snobbery and social inequality are fuelling anxiety and fears that we'll be judged an 'under-achiever', he says in this cracking TED talk about the realities of success.

He also identifies the downsides of supposed motivators such as the concept of meritocracy and the idea that 'anyone can do it' -- as well as some alternative ways of thinking.