I recently had an epiphany surrounding my pursuit of framebuilding. The mentality I’m taking into it is that of “side job/hobby that brings in income” — for now. Should it grow to the point where I can be self-sufficient, I will have to take a good, hard look at my career, and what the potential impacts are, personally, of jumping ship. Thus, I’ve been reading up on the psychology of choosing a career. (I, like many, seem to have “fallen into” my career.) In my reading, I came across this:
One of the most common mistakes is not recognizing how these value systems will shape you. People think that they can insulate themselves, that they’re different. They’re not. The relevant question in looking at a job is not What will I do? but Who will I become? What belief system will you adopt, and what will take on heightened importance in your life? Because once you’re rooted in a particular system — whether it’s medicine, New York City, Microsoft, or a startup — it’s often agonizingly difficult to unravel yourself from its values, practices, and rewards. Your money is good anywhere, but respect and status are only a local currency. They get heavily discounted when taken elsewhere. If you’re successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and opportunity can lock you in forever.
This excerpt comes from an article at FastCompany, and it’s worth reading.
I am at a crossroads in my life that is both inspiring and terrifying. I am getting married and we intend to start a family soon thereafter. Career-wise, I’m in pretty good shape — I make good money, I work with decent people, and the work is interesting. But it’s not inspiring, it’s not satisfying. So the questions I’ve been asking myself are: what is my life’s work? Is it more important, with a family, to be financially well-off, or to be happy? The answers, to many, are obvious. Not to me.
So I ask this of you, my readers:
1. Have you found your “life’s work”?
2. If so, how did you get there? How did you know you’d landed in the right spot?
3. If not, are you actively looking for it?