Marketing. Accounting. Software developer. Occupational therapist. Web developer. Engineer. Forensic Science. Database administrator. Health care….zzzzzzzzzzzz……
Oh, sorry. Must’ve nodded off there. All these “hot”, “best”, “top” jobs I’m reading about are putting me to sleep.
And they should be doing the same for you, too.
OK sure, it’s interesting to get stats back on the fields that are hiring the most workers now, or the career tracts that are tailored to a shortage. It’s interesting information, but not important information.
When I finally got around to reading the article “In the Name of Love“, I knew why I put off clicking on it the first dozen times it came around on my Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The sub-title of the article states, “Elites embrace the “do what you love” mantra. But it devalues work and hurts workers.” And that’s the gist of the opinion that was shared here.
“(Do What You Love) is a secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment. According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation but is an act of love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, presumably it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient.
I wrote The Exceptions to The Rules back in December, and have been keeping the idea of a follow-up to it in my back pocket since then. It sparked lots of comments & conversation as well as kudos & thanks, so I can’t stop myself from busting more Rules & finding even more Exceptions!
The Rule: “You have to be an expert before you can offer up your services!”
The Exception: I have a feeling I can point to anyone here (including myself!), but I wanna point ya to Halley Gray. She doesn’t have a marketing degree and never had her own full-time biz, but yet her sweet spot is absolutely working with creative entrepreneurs on their marketing strategy (seriously, she’s super smart & passionate ’bout it). Did she say she had to get a master’s or write a book or work in PR or get 10,000 followers before she put an offering on the table?
Do you guys know that I have the coolest friends ever?
There are days where I look around and remark incredulously, “This is my job!” and do a Breakfast Club-like fist pump into the air. Getting to talk to Vanessa Cariddi in my apartment about being a full-time opera singer was just the coolest.
This is my job, you guys!
And although we might’ve gotten sidetracked a bit by the sleazy guys who kept coming in and writing “hey babes” and “call me?” in the chat (no, we will not call you), we managed to get the full scoop on:
why she feels that 90% of what she learned at NYU wasn’t applicable to “real life” – and what she’d do differently with her education if she had to do it again
how she actually got paid to sing opera in her early 20s without getting cast in a show *(teaser: it involved a business plan!)
why it took her 15ish years to be DONE with asking for permission!
A real live opera singer! How cool is that?! (Obviously that’s a hypothetical question, ’cause it’s the coolest).
At 9a Pacific/12p Eastern on Thurs 4/25, I’ll be in my apartment with Vanessa Cariddi diving into what it’s really like to live the life of an opera singer. From her passion projects to driving past her face on a huge billboard, we’ll learn about her background, her thrills (trills?) and her challenges.
You’ll find us right here, and who knows…we might even sing* for you!
OK OK, my Entrepreneuriversary was last week, but I send clients to this post I wrote in ’11 so often that I wanted to put it back up here and now. All the points still stand in a major way. Hope it’s helpful!
If it’s between the hours of 9a-5p and you’re reading this from your day job, keep reading. Wait, let me revise that. If you’re reading this at any point during the day or night where you’re somewhere to solely pay the bills, with the time before/after being reserved for working on your Dream Career, and you’re wondering how you can possibly do this day after day until you’re ready/ willing/ able/ comfortable/ confident in leaving without shooting yourself in the face, then keep reading.
Whether you’re wearing Golden Handcuffs or have a 2-year-old for a “boss”, I know what it’s like to try to find the perfect career while working the not-so-perfect gig. Hopefully, by taking my own experience + what I’ve seen in my clients, the video below can speed up the process for ya.
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