What Career Would You Choose If Money Were No Object?

By David Mizne

Three days ago I received an email from a recruiter, an unsolicited invitation to apply for a job. A compliment from a manager or colleague is incredibly satisfying, rivaled only by a total stranger saying, “I don’t know you save for the few words I read on LinkedIn…and I think you are awesome”.

Nice try random recruiter. The rush of dopamine was fun, but there is no way I am leaving my job. You will have to drag me away from my desk, kicking and screaming baby-tantrum style.

Why? Because I am living in alignment with my passion and highest purpose. I believe in our company mission and the leaders believe in my ability to contribute to it. How many employees can say that? Can you?

Breaking Free of the Vicious Cycle

Various guides have helped me to discover the path to fulfilling my greater purpose. These words spoken by philosopher and author Alan Watts led me to where I am today:

Watts often gave vocational advice to students who were nearing completion of their studies. In the video above he asks, “What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?” The simple answer: find your passion and pursue it.

Pursuing one’s dreams can be frightening, which is why there are so many people working in jobs which provide little challenge or satisfaction. Those people usually stay in those jobs primarily because they provide financial security.

According to Watts, if making the money is paramount, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing to afford going on living your life doing the things that you don’t like doing. How sad that this pointless cycle is considered normal and healthy.

The only healthy choice is to confront our fears and follow our intuitions. As Watts says, if you keep at it, you will eventually become a master. Then you will find a way to make money while doing the thing that satisfies you on a much deeper level.

Knowing the Path vs. Walking the Path

Like many young folks (yes 36 is young by Millennial standards), I didn’t always have a clear picture of what my greatest gifts were or how I could contribute them. If you are as lost as I was, just follow Kristen Walker‘s ingenious plan for discovering your passion:

1) Take a look back at what fascinated you since childhood. I always knew that communication was my zone of genius. I was a thespian in high school, studied literature and law, and performed stand-up comedy. I didn’t know that I wanted to be a writer, but upon reflection I now see that the signs were always there.

2) Ask yourself some tough questions: 

– When it comes to your job, how important is collaboration and teamwork to you?

– How well do you deal with authority?

– Do you need your passion to be a part of your day-to-day work life, or would that sap all the joy out of it?

3) Take the Passion Profile Quiz.  Answer some brief questions to see how to align your passion with a career.

I manage this blog for a company that is changing the business world through streamlined communication. I write about topics like supportive management and the pursuit of one’s purpose. My managers support me in my personal mission to become a novelist, which in-turn enhances my business blogging.

The road ahead certainly has its challenges, and we are always blind to what awaits over the next hill. Our task is to do some soul-searching, choose the right path, and trust that we will all eventually make a dent in the universe.

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