"Oprah & Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth" Chapter 9 guest Ivy Huo from Richmond, Virginia

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Ivy from Richmond, Virginia
At 26, Ivy had questions about finding a career path that could merge her inner purpose with her external one.

"My question, really, is twofold. The first is: How should I approach finding a career that is fulfilling but doesn't strengthen my ego?" Ivy said. "Secondly, and perhaps the more pressing question for me is, How do I do this while also becoming comfortable and embracing the uncertainty that's defining my life right now?"

Eckhart responded by telling Ivy that we are constantly faced with uncertainty, but enjoyment can come when we accept it. If everything had been mapped out or clear for her at the time, she'd have never evolved or grown. An important part of Ivy's life at this point was to make mistakes, which gradually would have taught her what was right for her.

"Life is an adventure," Eckhart said. "It's not a packaged tour. When you travel, you can take a package tour, and everything is already planned; there's no uncertainty. ... You know beforehand where you're going to be in 10 days' time exactly. That's not an adventure, and it's unlikely that you're going to evolve internally through a trip like that."

Eckhart added that by making mistakes, Ivy could take small steps toward recognizing her true purpose. Oprah sympathized, remembering how she had felt stuck in her 20s as a television anchor. Although she had hated the job, she had realized that deciding what she didn't want to do had informed her of what she did want. Eckhart had had a similar experience when, after years in academia, he had realized becoming a professor would be the wrong path for him. He had gone through many years of uncertainty before realizing his purpose was being a spiritual teacher. For Ivy, he said, becoming more at ease with being uncomfortable could lead to infinite possibilities opening up in her life.