As I traipse down the road of my career it becomes clearer everyday I am not best suited for life stuck in an office. It’s not in my nature to sit (or stand in this case) for too long. There are parts of my almost all of my previous jobs I really enjoy. I also know every single job I’ve had brought me to where I stand today. I am proud to have this well-rounded career path following me.
I also know where I am is NOT where I belong.
I continue to attempt to figure out what’s ahead of me. What is it I’m going to fight for? Is it a cause? Is there a group I’m going to advocate for? I have some ideas.
The question I’ve been asked is when I’ve tried to figure out my direction is, “If money didn’t matter, what would you do?” I have been asked this so many times and my answer is consistent. “I don’t know.” I know I have to work, there isn’t any way around that. The question also assumes that money is the driving factor. Money is part of the equation but only small part.
Why do I hate this question? It seems logical right? If I didn’t have to worry about money what would I do? The truth is I wouldn’t do ANYTHING. I would fish, golf and play guitar. I’d get my runs in and bounce with my kids on the trampoline. Don’t take this that I’m lazy, I’m not. I simply work at different pace than others. I get the spirit of the question. My head will not process it. Like I said, I know have to work.
My Perfect Job
I see my ideal job in ideas, not in tasks or titles. Those ideas look something like this.
- Remote work – I don’t see the need of always going into an office, they’re usually devoid of creativity
- Time flexibility – I want to be there to see my kids off to school and be there when they get home
- Adding value to other’s lives – That one is pretty self-explanatory
- Being paid for the value I bring, not just the hours I show up
I know these are outlandish to some people but there are others (my people) who think “why would I work any other way?”
I also want to let other people know:
- they do not have to hate their jobs
- they can make a living doing something they enjoy
- I have friends who sell Ice Cream Pops, plan Disney Vacations, write books, podcast, etc.
- These are real people I know not some generalization
- they don’t have to be tied to an office job
- they can get paid for the value they bring, not just the hours they are there
I’ve talked with these guys and they have told me making a living this way isn’t easy but it is possible.
For you out there who are looking for how to make the impact you feel led to make, I want to let you know it’s okay. It’s going to be okay. Any schooling or education didn’t prepare you for this. It’s a lot of progressive elaboration which is a fancy way of saying making it up as you go. Find a people who understand your plight. If you can’t find any, let me know, I know some people. It’s kind of a cult, but really friendly.
For the rest of you who may know someone like this instead of asking what they would do if money didn’t matter, try asking “what impact do you want to have on others?” “who do you want to fight for?” These are far better questions to help them along.
I may end up in a job that’s not perfect that allows me to fight my fights or I could end up making my fight my vocation. I don’t know that yet.
So, what impact do you want to have on others? What do you want them to know? Who are you fighting for? Who do you want to fight for?
Tell me in the comments.