Artwork by Melissa Nucera
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to find your passion and do work that you love. I wanted to write about it here because I’m obviously passionate about books but I’ve never really given that much thought to a career related to this particular passion. Why? Frankly, because the opportunity hasn’t presented itself. As much as I would love to have a book-related job, it’s not something that I’m actively pursuing for several reasons: 1) I have no idea how to find a job like that, 2) I’m not even sure if I’m qualified for it and 3) I guess I haven’t been willing to take the plunge and risk the stability provided by jobs I’ve had. Well, based on what I’m seeing, it looks like I have to work harder if I want to find a job that I’m passionate about instead of just waiting for it to happen. I’m giving this a lot of though because it would be amazing to have a job I’m excited about, something that I love doing.
The work you love is out there. Waiting for you. But it won’t find you — you have to go looking for it.
Another excerpt from a Harvard Business Review post because I think he’s also talking about passion, How to Let Your Purpose Find You:
But finding a purpose is not like shopping. The unforgiving truth us: it’s a little more like boot camp. It hurts, it’s hard, but you can emerge fitter, tougher, better. Want purpose? Prepare to be left black and blue — all over, over and over again. Purpose beats you up; it bruises you; it’s no mere shadow-boxing with “life goals” but a bare-knuckle gladiatorial contest between you, and the heavyweight champion known as a life that matters. Like Big Love, it doesn’t just give you scrapes — it leaves with you scars.
The thing is, I just started a new job. It’s the reason why I moved to Singapore. It’s only been a few months and honestly, it’s not easy adjusting to this new chapter of my life but I see a lot of potential in what I’m currently doing. There’s so much to learn and build upon. It’s far too early to tell if this is something that I’d like to do for the rest of my life though. I’m sorry for being vague but I’m hesitant in giving out details about my personal life and that includes my job. Also, I don’t know if I enjoy reading and blogging only because those activities let me relax and unwind. Will I still feel the same way if I had to earn a living doing something similar or would I get sick of it? I think I’m still in the exploration stage and even though I’ve been blogging for years, I haven’t decided if I love books enough to base my career choices on that.
I’m mostly thinking out loud here and I just wanted to share my thoughts. Also, I’m curious about the rest of you readers and bloggers out there. I know a lot of you have book-related jobs (as librarians, authors, book sellers, editors, publishers, etc.) but there are also people like me, who don’t work in the field. Some have a mix of both: they have a day job but they work on the side as an author or editor or something like that. For those of you who have careers in the book industry, how did you go about pursuing that track? What are the pros and cons of working in the industry? And for those who have the same situation as I do, have you ever considered going in a different direction professionally so you can do something you love? Did you feel like you had to take a risk in order to do so?