Hack Your Life: The Career Edition

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Ack, it’s been HOW long since I’ve blogged for myself?? Jeez 😦 Sorry guys and gals I have been busy writing for other people here but haven’t had time for written content of my own. Well, if you don’t count what I post on the Facebook Fanpage every day. Ok, excuses extended, now back to regular programming. Let’s Hack Your Life, shall we?

So again: You’re entirely awesome as is s- no need to change unless you see and feel the need. Capiche?

Assess your current situation-  Are you happy? are you doing what you love or at least loving what you’re doing?  Before you answer no, you’d rather be somewhere in Italy making and selling your own ricotta consider this: work is work for a reason. It, like most relationships, will not always be sunshine and roses. It’s sometimes drudgery, sometimes frustrating and always required. However, if it is mostly  all of three of those then you have some things to think about: is it the job or is it you?

What activity would you do all day even if it was for free?  Are you the person everyone turns to when they have design and styling questions? Maybe a job in either is for you. Do you like to throw parties or give great advice? maybe you could be an event planner. Do you love languages and literature? then maybe a gig as a proofreader or translator is for you. The point is, there might be a niche you could fill that includes all of your passions. The thing is: do you REALLY want your hobby to be your job? Sometimes that isn’t a great idea. Still, research does show that doing a job you love can lead to personal contentment and earning power.

Can you afford to change jobs now? Times are tough out there on the job market so while it can be an escape to think about changing your circumstances, be realistic. Do you have enough money saved to make a full move or can you find a mentor in your to help guide you while you stay on the job? Better yet, is there another area of your current company that will fulfill the yearning you might have?

The moral of the Career story is that working is a part of maturity but there is no rule that says it has to be soul sucking to count as work. Make sure that it is a place you are at least proud to give most of your daily hours to. If not, then it’s time to consider the cost to your spirit.

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