If you get paid to do what you love, you never have a job.
Unfortunately, so few of us are lucky enough to have a job that we love.
About ten years ago, after the internet bust and before 9/11, the economy was struggling and many people were losing their jobs. At the time, I was managing a department of about 10 people and we were all concerned if our jobs were in jeopardy.
One staff meeting we sat around the table talking about our “what if” scenarios. As our discussions continued, I was surprised to find how similar everyone’s approach would be if they were laid off.
- Plan A – people would try to find another job within the same company.
- Plan B – people would try to find a similar job at a different company.
- Plan C – people would try to make a career out of what they always wanted to do.
It was the Plan C discussions that has stuck with me all these years.
It was the first time I found out what personally drove people, where they held their passions. One person liked kids and always wanted to be a teacher, another person liked antiques and wanted to own an antique store and another person loved gardening and always wanted to be a florist.
As we shared our true hopes and dreams I couldn’t help but wonder why we all weren’t living our Plan C. What combination of factors led people to veer off their preferred path and into corporate America?
For me, it was health issues and that I was spending too much time away from my family. I needed stability of income, stability of health and stability of time for my wife and children.
I now spend my time with Sonlight Pictures, trying to turn my Plan C into my full time job.
I hope all of you get to live your Plan C, because that’s where our individual passions lie.