This book is for people that want to have a positive impact on the world and experience joy while they do it
People that end up in schools and jobs they don't like in pursuit of that joy only to realize the world they prepared for no longer exists
A generation that's sick of working to live, tired of delaying their lives, and ready to do what they enjoy for a living today
Over a dozen interviews with people who deviated from traditional patterns of work to do what they enjoy for a living
Tim Wu (Elephante)
Producer and DJ
"I actually think talent is very overrated and just like anything else, anything creative takes so much time and so much work. Maybe they had a seed of talent that helped them put in that work, but so much of my growth as an artist has just been sitting there doing things over and over and over again. The number of hours spent just sitting there doing the most menial sounding things to people is just staggering at this point."
National Sales Manager, BOLD Organics
"I learned more about business in college trying my hand at entpreneurship than I did in any of my classes and my classes were even better than they would have been because I got to see them through the lens of owning and operating a business. When you learn something in your accounting class and then can actually go and make a P&L and a balance sheet, you’re like How cool! That makes sense!"
Founder, Campus Job
"Nobody really knows waht they're doing, so I figure, take risks when you're young. Try a lot of things. That was important to me. That's part of why I started Campus Job: to give students lots of opportunities to try stuff"
"I think it’s easy to allow the wrong metrics to guide your decision-making (like money or prestige) when you don’t know what your thing is. I was pretty lucky to figure out that screenwriting was my thing pretty early in life. I think the idea is that when you find that thing, it’s not going to feel like work or the other jobs that you do."
Check out Working Jobs Radio for some of the interviews featured in the book
Why do we end up doing things that we don't like?
Why do we feel guilty about wanting to do things that we love?
How can we make rational decisions about staying or leaving our paths?
Why is it so hard to quit things that are wrong for us?
How do we find our thing if we don't know what it is yet?
Even if we have a thing, how can we get good at it?
How can we monetize our passions?
What do we stand to lose if we don't pursue our passions?
What happens if everybody does things that they care about more?
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This is a book for people who study hard, work hard, and want to make a difference for themselves, their families, and the world. It’s for people who have followed a path but can’t be sure whether it leads to the impact or happiness they desire.
I get fired up when I think about all of the people in the world that have the means to do more with their lives but continue to follow the path of least resistance. They spend most of their waking hours at a job they hate so they can spend their remaining time and money trying to forget they worked. The opportunity to do what they love vanishes and with it their potential to make a difference in the world.
I was one of those people. It’s a miserable place.
When I looked back, I saw a series of pragmatic decisions and high achievements. I got a lot of help from people that cared about me. I put in a lot of work to get to where I was. When you invest your life in one direction, it’s hard to change even if you’re not happy.
Any decision we make should account for the impact we want to have and the joy we want to experience. For me, I knew I wasn’t having the impact I wanted to have and didn’t see it improving in the future. Meanwhile, I was not happy. After a long and painful process I quit and changed directions.
That doesn’t mean that everybody should change directions. Quitting a job or a degree is not always the right answer. I hope this book provides perspective to help you commit to your decisions, make a difference, and enjoy the ride.