In this issue:
Are you working 9 to 5 and not feeling fulfilled in the work you do? Do you long for more than just a paycheck? What if you could start over and pursue what you really want to do? Discover how pursuing a new dream doesn't have to equal becoming a starving artist.
Inspired Life: Career Change
When I was in high school, I wasn't sure what I wanted to pursue in college. I shadowed my mom at her job as a nurse and thought maybe that was the thing for me too. A guidance counselor confirmed that this would be a good choice for me in a market that was full of incentives for people coming out of college in that field.
I had thought about something more creative, as I loved arts and crafts, music, writing, reading, and all sorts of artistic pursuits. But I was good at science too, so I went for the career that pays the bills.
Imagine if you had this conversation with a 3-year-old:
Adult: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Child: "An artist who paints clouds."
Adult: "You won't be able to buy insurance or a house with that job. You will live with your parents and eat macaroni and cheese forever."
Child: "This is perfect."
Adult: "You'll need to do something responsible."
Child: "What's a-spon-sible?"
We would not have this sort of conversation with a child. We nurture the dream and entertain the idea that anything is possible. So why do we kill our own dreams and talk ourselves into doing something responsible. Why do we give up on the idea that we could be both responsible AND have fulfilling work?
Can you relate? Have you made a smart career choice, but you have long passed the point of expecting to be fulfilled in that work? A paycheck isn't always enough to make us want to get up and go to work every day. What if you could love your job AND get paid for it?
I'm 50 years old. My career is just taking off! It isn't too late to discover how to do what you always wanted to do.
It was a leap to trust God to be able to provide for us financially if I left the stability of a job that pays the bills. When I chose to leave my career as a registered nurse to stay home with our children, we said goodbye to 2/3 of our income. Gulp.
I had a little time where I received maternity leave paychecks, which provided the illusion that all would be well. But then those ended. And there we were in the scary place of uncertainty.
Many years later, I would be back in that place again. I worked various self-employment, including teaching piano lessons, until I went to work at a 9-5 job at an agency when our boys were in college. Two years ago, I left my stable, full-time job to be a full-time freelancer. That just means I have to find my own customers and clients and my income is dependent on having enough projects every month.
Guess what? It works! It can work for you too.
I want to see others pursue a new purpose if they want to. Here's some self talk for you to practice: "I can do it."
In the podcast, I read some excerpts from this book: Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age. Here are a few quotes from Jeff Goins, the author:
"Whether we changed our minds or realized the path we were on wasn't leading where we thought, we all have a choice about who we become. We can go in the direction of what is expected of us. Or, we can enter a world of possibility and reimagine our future." (p. 5)
"The reason many of us never self-actualize is because it's easier to play a role in life than it is to become our true selves." (p. 12)
And, check out this from the back cover of the book:
We’ve heard it a thousand times: There’s no money in art. It’s too risky. You’ll starve. So, we end up chasing more stable careers. We become lawyers and doctors and bankers instead of poets and filmmakers and painters. We settle. And in the end our best work suffers.
The truth is we do not have to choose between a creative life and a prosperous one. In fact, many of history’s most creative minds—from Michelangelo to Shakespeare to Steve Jobs—succeeded not because they succumbed to the myth of the starving artist but precisely because they didn’t.
If you feel as if you need permission to pursue your true self, Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age can give you courage! It's where you find your tribe.
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