Do you work for a living? You know it can kill you don’t you? Maybe quitting is a good idea. Stress is a major killer in its many forms and a job is a sure fire way to end your life early.
As for me, yeah I have a long-term arrangement with a company to show-up everyday and go about doing cool projects that they need done. In the end, I play with technology, learn new stuff, put it into practice and the company benefits from the process. It’s a win/win deal and as long as it is so, I’ll show-up and keep experimenting. At the moment I prefer no other road.
Now the income thing, it has its merits and I need to pull in some income in one way or another. My wife and kiddos certainly appreciate the fact that I do so on a regular basis. But living is so much more than making a buck. I could certainly make more money shifting my efforts away from blogging. Compared to what I can make as a freelance developer, blogging pays peanuts and that’s if I do a bang-up job of publishing the site. No, I don’t do it for the money.
I often tell my girls, "find something you love to do, become good at it, people will pay you to do it and you’ll never work another day in your life." You’ve probably heard it before, but I think it’s a good reminder and plumb-line to evaluate ones life. How close is that description to your life?
I’ve certainly had some jobs that were a less than perfect fit. It’s been a learning process that brought me to this point. The overall equilibrium I sense during this season is nice, but I don’t count on it remaining indefinitely. Who knows, I may be in major re-evaluation mode at any moment. The touchstone for me is to pursue the passions in my life. I just don’t have much patience for spinning my wheels doing trivial tasks that offer little avenue for growth.
So I’m thinking through the things I enjoy doing. Some have a revenue producing stream, some less so. Stuff I like to do includes; writing, playing the guitar, gardening, coding sites, designing sites, reading, researching, biking, playing with my kids, spending time with my wife, hanging-out with friends, chatting online, being a part of a church, traveling. It’s all good and important stuff in my life and it all has its place. It’s part of what makes me uniquely myself.
Many of these mentioned are possible careers. The web developer mode seems to be working well for me at the moment. I’ve been a landscaper, don’t want to repeat that. Used to aspire to be a musician, amateur status is fine by me. I’ve worked as a gourmet chef, no thanks. I was at one time a youth pastor, not the right fit in this stage of the game. Writer, researcher, yeah those kind of fold into my current gig with coding and design. Being a webmaster is an all encompassing position. I do a number of diverse things with the main theme of finding solutions. That is a central core to my passion, I love to solve problems. It keeps me up at night and gets me up in the morning. The greater the hurdle, the more stoked I am when I get over it.
I’d love to hear what you do and how it fits your passions. I believe learning from the stories of other people gives insight back into one’s own life. What do you love to do? How much of your job is wrapped-up in those passions?