I Will Only Work for Fun!

by Krantcents · 18 comments

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I will work for fun or I won’t work!  Over the years, I have seen various signs such as work for food, beer, $ dollars, satisfaction, fame, money or the joy of working.  Too often these words are meaningless.  If you do not enjoy what you do, you should quit!  That’s right, quit your job.  If not quit, look for another job!  Change careers, start your own business or just plain do something else.

Most people think about a career choice when they either graduate from high school or college.  They never give it much thought earlier when they should acquire the skills and knowledge to figure out a career that is right for them.  Funny, so many articles are written about the most lucrative careers or the most fulfilling and yet very little are written about how to find your career.  I wanted to know the answer too.

I did everything short of actually taking tests or seeking out a life coach.  I thought about what interested me and what skills or experience I could bring to the table.  Simply said, what did I like and what was I good at?  I always liked math and numbers so it was no surprise that I gravitated to accounting and finance.  I was really good at budgeting and asking questions, it should be no surprise that these skills can be applied to many things.  Some of which I was doing already.

I had some success going from a senior staff position to controller to chief financial officer in a matter of a few years.  Although I had financial and professional success, I still was not enjoying the work.  I enjoyed some of the work, but not enough to say it was my passion.  At about the same time, I started to invest in income property.  At first, it was supposed to be just an investment, but it became my passion.  Careful what you wish for because it may just happen!

Opportunities happen all the time, but you have to recognize them.  It didn’t surprise me that I had the skills to make this very successful.  I just never thought about investing in income property.  What did surprise me was I loved it!  Being a landlord is not easy, but it didn’t matter!  I either had the skills or learned what I needed to be successful.  A good landlord has to be organized and understand the financial aspects of running this kind of business.  My skills and experience as a problem solver can work in a variety of professions.

Here lies the dilemma!  How do you find your passion?  The simple answer is to start looking early as possible and expose yourself to as many businesses, industries and careers as possible.  For example, if you are passionate about accounting, law or medicine, you can find the specialty that you will love to do as a career.  In business, it is similar; you find the profession you love and find the industry, environment, company and the particular career that you will love.

It isn’t easy!  You can find part-time jobs that will provide insight into a career, internships, or classes.  Don’t forget networking, informational interviews and talk it over with your teachers or professors.  Last, you should talk to the people who perform the career, you are interested in.  Job shadowing is another technique that will answer many of your questions too.  Too often, children and adults do not spend enough time figuring out what really interests them.  They just take a career and stick with it because it is hard to change.  You become dependent on the income or change requires taking a cut in pay.

Final Thoughts

If you enjoy what you are doing, you will be good at it and you will do well financially.  The hard part is figuring out what you will be good at it versus just doing your best.  Worst, it a job you hate and you cannot quit!  Confucius says choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.  Choosing the right career is tricky, but you can do it!  I will work for fun or I won’t work!

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Money Beagle October 10, 2012 at 6:04 am

To borrow a line from Office Space, if everybody worked for fun, then there probably wouldn’t be any janitors because I don’t think anybody thinks cleaning out toilets is much fun :)

Krantcents October 10, 2012 at 6:58 am

I think you should talk to the janitors! You have to find something good or fun about even the most boring mundane jobs otherwise it is just a job.

Lance @ Money Life and More October 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

I am good at accounting and while it is not my passion I can deal with it and it pays well. Down the road a ways.once I have been able to save a big chunk of money if I have a successful side gig I may jump ship. Time will tell but my job really isn’t bad at all!

Krantcents October 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

Although I was in accounting, I always viewed it as a game. The first of the month was the start and the end was the finish. I had a chance to have my fun between the two boundaries.

Savvy Scot October 11, 2012 at 12:17 am

Good post. Personally I like making lists in order to get my thoughts all in one place. In order to choose a career, I put down what I like, what I don’t like, what I am good at and what jobs are high paid / sustainable. This is a really effective and powerful way of working out what you should do! It is just a shame that the governments don’t see this as important as ‘subjects’ being taught!

Krantcents October 11, 2012 at 6:50 am

Thank you. Putting in time to figure out what you want to do as a career is time well spent. Unfortunately, most people do no take the time to do it.

Brent Pittman October 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I agree, life is too short to do work you hate. I understand some periods of time you’ll have to ‘grin and bear it’, but always be discovering your passions and work that you love.

Krantcents October 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

I subscribe to the theory that if you enjoy what you do, youu do it better. The opposite is true too, if you hate what you do, you won’t do it very well.

Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals October 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

I DO only work for fun! When I was in school, I studied journalism because I loved writing. What I didn’t love was stress – and that’s intrinsic to the news industry! Now I’m a professional writer, and I write only about things I’m passionate about. I’ve never been happier.

Krantcents October 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

Enjoying what you do has great benefits! You generally do it better and will be compensated for your efforts.

Untemplater October 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

It can take a decent amount of time to figure out what is considered fun when it comes to work. I find photography extremely fun, but decided it wasn’t a proper career path for me so I just do it in my free time now. It helps to experiment, research, save money, network, and of couse have a plan B.

Krantcents October 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I agree, sometimes hobbies need to remain hobbies. The best place to experiment and research various careers is in school or university. Talking to the people who perform the career you are interested in provides great insight. Before I decided I wanted to enter teaching I visited a high school in my area. I observed and asked questions. Then I worked as a substitute for a few weeks and opportunity for a permanent position was offered to me. Informational interviews, job shadowing and internships are great ways to discover new careers.

Harry @ PF Pro October 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Good post but I think that like some others above mentioned, the best hobbies/passions don’t always make the best careers. I would love to coach volleyball(currently just do it part-time) as a career but I won’t get paid anywhere near what I get as my full time job(engineer).

My full time job allows me to travel, go to nice dinners, buy real estate, etc and do all those things that I like that make up for a job that I’m not in love with.

Krantcents October 15, 2012 at 6:51 am

Certain interests have to remain hobbies or just interests. I knew a few people who took their interests to a higher level. Professional or Olympic level sports may get the kind of compensation although there are very few of those jobs.

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