Introducing Working Jobs Radio: a podcast about people who love their jobs
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When I first started the Working Jobs project, I wanted to answer one question: “how do we do what we enjoy for a living?”
Before I’d considered the book or the podcast, I’d been asking myself that question over and over again in my personal journal. I’m not sure I ever explicitly stated the question, but I was constantly writing things like:
- Why do people dislike what they do?
- What keeps people in jobs they hate?
- How can you tell what your passion is?
- Does everybody have a passion or calling?
- Is disliking your job necessary for financial success?
- What’s the relationship between job success and happiness?
- How did we get here?
- How do we get out of here?
- What does the future of work look like? Are we happy in it?
- Are we prepared for it?
- How do I make a living doing something I enjoy?
- What do people that love their work have in common?
- What happens when more people enjoy what they do?
- What happens if all of us enjoy what we do?
- What would need to happen to make that possible?
These questions covered my consciousness like a fog and demanded that I answer them before I proceed any further.
I read 52 books in 2014. Not all of them were read in service of these questions, but many of them where. I wrote more than I’ve ever written in my life. I quit my job to write a book.
It was a solitary practice. Each day I’d wake up and slowly disperse more of the fog. I felt alienated. I was unsure of myself and could sense disbelief from all corners of my ring (bosses, family, colleagues, friends).
Then, something cool happened.
I started colliding with other people who had made similar leaps. Slowly, at first: I’d reach out to my friends who were already successful musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, etc. and ask them how the hell they survived the early days. Then, more and more quickly. As I shared more of my work with the world, the world sent me like minded people who were experiencing the same things that I was.
These conversations blew my mind. Their stories helped me find inspiration, validation and community. I realized that there was no playbook, no secret thread that ran through each of their stories, just a common experience of following intuition and finding a way to make it work.
These were the stories I desperately needed to hear a year ago.
I knew that I needed to share them. Just as I impulsively decided to write a book, I decided to host a podcast about people who love what they do: who they are, what they do, and how they got there. Their stories helped me and I thought they could help others.
There are two parts to doing what you enjoy for a living and I hope Working Jobs Radio will contribute to both.
The first is knowing what you love. This is actually very very challenging in modern society. I believe the best way to find figure out what you love is to dabble a ton. Try a lot of things. I hope the podcast will help listeners dabble vicariously through the lives of others.
The second is doing what you love. There are lots and lots of books and blogs out there that try to explain how to do this. Some are good and some are trash. Resources are great, but the best way to figure out how to do it for yourself is to get started and figure it out. I hope the stories shared on the podcast will give listeners the confidence to do that.
I’m so thrilled to share this project with the world. It has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoy making it.
Check out episode zero (an intro) on iTunes by clicking here. New episodes every Sunday.