This blog seems to need to be written today.
In two places today, I have heard this question.
Would You Do Your Job Even If You Didn’t Get Paid?
Have you ever sat in an interview and were so excited about the job opportunity, that your thought was…….
“I am so excited about this job, I would probably do it for free!” ?
We all have those interests and passions that would make it possible for us to feel that way about a job. The problem many times is that sometimes our thoughts are more like…………….
“I sure wish this interview would be over because I would hate working for this guy or doing this job or working at this place!”
In today’s world finding a job is so difficult for some people, that that thought must be rolling around in many individual’s heads. The sad truth is that those people may even have to take those jobs if they are offered to them. There are so many people that are under-employed, unhappily employed and. unfortunately, unemployed that finding that feeling of really wanting to do a job and not get paid for it because it appeals to “who you are”, “what you like” and “what you are good at doing” may be difficult to find these days.
As I have been working on Career Plan 2 for you, I have not been on a salary. However, as you can see lots of work has gone into this site and the training it has taken me to produce it. That is because I seriously looked at myself before I decided to create this Career Plan 2 for you. I looked at all aspects of various options for myself and I even made some serious “wrong decisions”. However, eventually I realized that helping others survive (financially and happily) in this new economy was what I was drawn to doing. I also carefully looked at how I could create it around my own opportunities and living arrangements.
While I was working on this site spending time, money and late nights, a friend of mine made this comment:
”Until You Get Paid For Something……….It is Only A Hobby.“
The interesting thing about this comment to me was that he is an entrepreneur (solopreneur) and has his own business locally. As an entrepreneur (solopreneur) myself for so many years, I know there is a period when you are starting a business that you have to pass through which is a building period. During this building period, usually it is a time of making no salary. Most businesses do not make money immediately.
The point to be made here is, discovering what will work for you may take time. There is nothing about creating a business or a new career that does not involve preparation. The college student may have a sincere interest in his choice of education, but he is not making money during this time, nor is a college education a hobby (for most). The entrepreneur also must spend time creating the best way to make his plan work and this may involve learning new things and laying the ground work for his success.
Whatever your choice is for a career plan, it will require preparation. Depending upon your choice, the time may be several years. Understand that finding what will work for you is a serious decision because you want to feel that feeling of:
I would do this job even if I didn’t get paid.
I know this is the right choice for me!