Zen and the Art of Making a Living

by Scott Forbes | at Minnebar 15 | Tue, Oct 13 • 9:30 – 9:55 in Nokomis Track | View Schedule

This presentation covers the four archetypes described in the book "Zen and the Art of Making a Living" by Laurence G. Boldt[1]. The presentation is not about career development, but rather about how archetypes can be helpful as we undertake our Life's Work.

Archetypes are simply personas which we visualize to provide reassurance and guidance as we address various challenges. The archetypes described in this presentation will include:

  • The Hero
  • The Magician
  • The Warrior
  • The Scholar (Student-Sage)

I read this book 25 years ago when I was exploring career strategies. I often reflect back on these four archetypes as I am tackling a variety of challenges in my work and life.

I am looking forward to sharing this model as presented in the book, and hearing from the audience on models they have successfully used in addressing challenges.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Art-Making-Living-Practical/dp/014311459X/

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Scott Forbes

Scott Forbes is a Principal Application Security Engineer for Veritas Technologies, and has worked as a web application developer and architect for over 25 years. He has led the development of secure mission critical web applications and web services in the retail and financial services industries. Scott is an active member of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) and InfraGard. He is an Oracle certified java/web component developer, and has earned his CISSP and CSSLP certifications. Scott holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Mechanical Engineering. Scott lives in Minneapolis, and in the summer you will find him sailing his Flying Scot on Medicine Lake in the Twin Cities.