Do You Have Career Passion? | Thriftanista in the City

4.07.2011

Do You Have Career Passion?

I've been thinking a lot about where I'm headed career-wise. Reading Super Rich and watching Oprah's Master Class featuring Ms. O herself have really motivated me to get serious about work relationship. I am not in a hurry to return to work unless I'm working with passion. I firmly believe you have to be passionate about what you're doing or you will never be successful.

In thinking of what my next gig will look like, I wrote down some Work Truths for myself.

Money can only keep me happy for so long. - I fell into this trap a lot. I'd always say even if it's not ideal I'll still be able to do my own thing after work because of the extra income. In the end, it never worked.

I am not suited for cubicle life. - I. Need. Space. I sometimes want to work while reclining. I need my own bathroom.

I am very bad at pretending to care. - Acting like you care even when you don't really helps the team. No one wants to look at your sour mug when they come to work. Fake smiling I cannot do.

A gig where I can zone out is preferable to one that is trying to engage me. - My last employer was big on engagement. Great company. I totally get it. However, I just wanted to do what I was hired to do and nothing else over and over and over again. I didn't want to grow in the "relationship".

The work has to be fluid. - One of the perks of motherhood. It's very natural. Feed baby. Put clothes on baby. Tend to all of baby's needs. Her life and well being is directly in my hands.

With that being said, below are some Dream Gigs I believe would be ideal for me:

Own a business - Very fluid. Generate income or you won't have a business.

Seamstress - Sewing, sewing, and sewing. Fondling fabric. Watching the progression from flat to multidimensional. Engaged!

Fun Therapist - this is my own made up gig. Show people how to have fun. The task include traveling, eating, drinking, and lounging with someone while helping them find their passion. What they would do for free? No cube and I don't have to pretend to care.

Wine Consultant - I didn't know this was a dream gig for me until I saw a recent Groupon for in-house wine tastings. How great would it be to go to someone's house and talk about wine. I looked the company up and they have an opening (Thank you, Universe). I read through their entire website all day. I was so fascinated by the job and the company and the wine! I felt that natural high feeling I get when I sew. Fluidity and engagement = Love.

What are your work truths? What is your dream job? Are you in pursuit of the dream? Found the dream?
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