Two Paragraph Perspectives: Do What You Love and Never Work?
Ever heard words like these? If you do what you love then you will never have to work a day in your life. I picture something cosmic and magical happening when I hear these words. It is almost like just speaking these words over yourself and those around you will transform the professional universe. Rainbows. Unicorns. Cotton Candy. I’ll be fair now. These words are rooted in some reality and there is research and other writing to suggest the validity this thinking. Keith Ferazzi calls this your “blue light.” Engaging in a vocation that causes you to lose all concept of time should, in a perfect world, produce almost unexplainable success.
The unfortunate thing about this thinking is that it is often misapplied by every arm chair, Sunday career coach. I once ran into a very nice lady at a networking event that told me the story of how she had just started her own fitness business. I was so excited for her. She had previously worked in another industry but was completely entranced by thoughts of doing what she loved and owning a fitness studio. We talked at some length about her passion and then her financial problems. She could not pay her bills, personal or professional. You see, a well-meaning career coach told her to do what she loved and literally commanded that if she wanted happiness she had to take the leap and open that fitness business. Doing what you love is an important concept, and believe me, I love risk taking. I also enjoy living in a house as opposed to a van down by the river. Thinking about taking a big risk on a passion project? You better have a plan!
Throughout the fall season of 2014, Barton Career Advisors will dedicate its industry pieces and blogging to a new series called Two Paragraph Perspectives. There is so much going on in our world and it is often difficult to consume an entire article, thought leadership piece, whitepaper, or news story. Our world communicates at lightning speed and most of that happens in 140 characters or less. For the previously mentioned reasons we will bring you key thoughts, insights, and questions in an easy to consume two paragraph format. Before the steam is finished rising off your morning coffee or tea you will be done reading our bi-weekly digest of all things career transition, personal brand management and outplacement best practices. We hope you are looking forward to this series written by our Founder and Managing Partner, Chris Barton.