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What do you want to be when you grow up?
It was a common question we were asked when we were kids. And many of us ask ourselves now, “what to do with my life.”
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How many of us can raise our hands now and say, “Yes, I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing for a job!”
If you raised your hand then congratulations.
I admire people that have created businesses or found the jobs that they really love. The kind of jobs where you feel just as happy on Sunday evening as you do Friday night.
It may sound weird, but I have always been a little jealous of people like Brittany Spears or Justin Timberlake. Not because of their singing or dancing ability (note: I didn’t saying acting ability :), but because from a young age they knew what they wanted to be. And they worked their butts off to achieve it.
What do I want to do with my life?
I never had one singular career in mind when I was a kid. I wasn’t driven to be a particular thing.
- I wanted to be a rock star.
- I wanted to be an archaeologist (because Indiana Jones was one, then I realized that real archaeology is tiny tools and painstaking research).
- I wanted to be a film director (so I could make Indiana Jones Part 4…maybe they should have let me 🙂
- I wanted to study UFO’s.
Basically I wanted to do a lot of things but not one of them drew me in, or became the thing I had to do: the thing I would do for free if money wasn’t a concern.
The thing we were put on this earth to do.
Which leads me to…
Born for This
I listened to a “Smart Passive Income” podcast this morning and the guest was Chris Guillebeau. I know him as the author of “The $100 Startup.”
He was on Pat Flynn’s show this time though to discuss his new book “Born for This: How to find the work you were meant to do.”
I think my rambling above proves that this is something I am interested in.
My takeaway lesson from the podcast is in order find the business/job/career that you truly love and are inspired by then you need to:
Find “the thing” that meets the following –
- Enjoy – you enjoy the work, the activity,
- Money – there is a chance for making money
- Flow – you get into the flow where time seems to slip by…I’ve also heard it described as being in the zone…or you are doing things that come easy to you, but others may find difficult
Chris said that your thing does need to meet all 3 criteria.
Which makes sense. You may love doing something (criteria 1) , and you truly get into the flow (criteria 3), but you can’t make money off of it. They usually have a fancy term for this. They call it a hobby.
Or you may make kick-ass money doing something that you really excel at that others find difficult (so you get into the flow), but you don’t like doing it. You don’t enjoy it.
So the sweet spot is when you find something that meets all 3 criteria.
Start being perceptive
What are the things you currently do in life that make up 2 of the 3 things on this list.
Write them down.
Is there a way to fulfill that third criteria?
For example, is there a way to make money off of something that you hadn’t thought possible? The internet has knocked down a lot of the old barriers to starting a business.
As you can probably tell I’m someone still working on finding their path in life…so I really enjoyed the podcast episode this morning.
If you want to check it out click here to listen to the SPI Podcast
I really liked Chris Guillebeau’s book “The $100 Startup” and I’m going to pick up a copy of his newest book “Born for This.” I just haven’t done it yet since I only learned about it this morning.
If you want to check out the book on Amazon, I have provided a link below.
If you want to try on different careers or learn new skills give volunteering a try.
I’m learning what others pay thousands to learn. And the best part, is that if I don’t like it I haven’t lost one dollar!
So I may not be ready in time for filming of Indiana Jones Part 5, but don’t count me out yet!! (P.S. Mr. Spielberg give me a call 🙂
I hope this has helped, and if you have any input or great stories about career transitions please comment below.
Thank you for reading,