UNSOLICITED CAREER ADVICE. STEP ONE. SNAP OUT OF IT.
It is better to blindly follow your bliss than to never find out where it leads.
Is horrible advice.
At least when it comes to making a living.
Seriously. Snap out of it.
You’ve got at least one mouth to feed (yours) and the likelihood of you, say, being discovered by a record label at this point is roughly zero percent, because
A) records? And B) U NO GAGA.
So, let’s turn our attention to something that, while challenging, may actually be attainable.
I’m talking about finding meaningful – that’s right, ENJOYABLE – work within an organization that has an established purpose that is aligned with your way of thinking. Today more than ever, progressive companies are basing their actions on a clearly defined purpose, and just as importantly, actually living it every day. Our B Corp friends are great examples of this because they strive to balance both profit and purpose. Maybe you could work for one of them!
At Ramp, our purpose is to create a vibrant social profit sector capable of solving our generation’s most urgent challenges.
Phew! It’s a big, audacious, lofty, long-term, future-based, aspirational, ongoing notion that inspires and informs our actions daily here at our scrappy little ad shop. Maybe you could work for us!
Something to consider is that an organization’s PURPOSE is distinct from its MISSION. This piece from Fast Company explains. It underscores the need for companies to truly buy-in and live their purpose from the top down. If you are leading an organization, this article also provides insights into how to keep your purpose present for your employees.
The point is this. If you, as an individual free agent, are seeking to discover the rarified air one breathes when they begin to experience the joy of looking-forward-to-getting-up-in-the-morning-to-sustain-oneself, rather than dreading that 6 am clock radio, there is a way. First, dump the clock radio, it’s 2018. Next, set the alarm on your phone to wake you tomorrow with a new approach to your work life. Go and find a company or a cause that is making a difference you want to be a part of.
It may seem like a daunting task.
But until you can get that unpublished novel to 90,000 words, package your edited manuscript up, send it to hundreds of literary agents, receive the rejections, rework it, resubmit, receive more rejections, and never actually reach the stage wherein you get the work in front of a publisher who if you ever did get that far, would ask you to rework it some more, and then if you were even luckier, have them take you on, attempt to market it over the period of about 2 years, only to have it wind up in the discount bin at Indigo, it’s a task worth considering.
Not that I’m speaking from experience.