Bryan Dik, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Colorado State University and cofounder and chief science officer of jobZology. He conducts research in the area of career development, and is coauthor of Make Your Job a Calling and coeditor of Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality and Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace. Bryan contributes to the Vocation Vocation Vocation blog for Psychology Today, and is a former music writer. He and his wife and four young sons live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Chris Borland and the Future of Football

The blogosphere is blowing up in the wake of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland’s announcement that, at age 24 and just one year into a promising career in the NFL, he is hanging up his cleats and retiring from football. “I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” he told ESPN. … Continued

Entertainment, Sports

‘Old Fashioned’: If You Get It, You’ll Love It

Mark Tapson’s recent post alerted readers to the Valentines’ weekend release, opposite Fifty Shades of Grey, of a low-budget indie called Old Fashioned.  For readers who pay attention to the movie review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the Fifty Shades vs. Old Fashioned showdown could have been billed as the clash of the, shall we say, … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Why We Need Survival Stories

People love a good survival story.  It’s why films like Cast Away, Gravity, and  All Is Lost are so memorable. Real-life examples are arguably even more captivating, which is why the news of Rob Konrad’s life-saving marathon swim attracted global media attention. Konrad’s story is compelling in part because sports fans recognize him as the hard-nosed fullback … Continued


Michael Vick Pays His Debts

Can people who do terrible things ever really change?  Most of us believe it is possible (or at least want to), but are usually skeptical when facing reports of former villains transforming into model citizens.  At the very least, we want to see compelling evidence.  In the case of Michael Vick, maybe we have it. … Continued

Culture, Entertainment, Sports

America’s Renewed Interest in Craftsmanship

When economists and workforce specialists talk about what jobs Americans need to train for in order for the U.S. to maintain its competitive edge in the global economy, it’s usually science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Makes sense.  But how about barrel-making?  Just a few years ago, cooperage was a lost occupation, a remnant of … Continued


Time to Retire the Indian Logo

Last fall, I posted on the issue of Native American nicknames and imagery in sports, wondering if the tide had turned on public opinion regarding their appropriateness in a civil, pluralist society in today’s world.  The Washington Redskins were front and center in that piece, but now it is baseball season, and the Cleveland Indians … Continued

Entertainment, Sports

Can “Executioner” Be a Calling?

As a vocational psychologist and author interested in people who pursue their work with passion and purpose, and especially who think of their work as a calling, I’ve collected many accounts of people talking about the work they love.  Paragons of meaningful work typically feel that that their jobs suit them extremely well, and provide … Continued


Why the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham Debate Makes Me Sad

Last week’s debate pitting Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) against young-earth creationist Ken Ham was a media field day, and a huge victory for Ken Ham.  I’m not talking about the actual debate, which by most accounts Bill Nye won handily (e.g., 92% of respondents to a ChristianToday poll said that Nye got the better … Continued