Relax, don't click send on that e-mail asking me to cut you a check just yet. I haven't reached millionaire status, but I did think today about redefining a question often used to spark self-exploration.
The usual proposition is this:
So what (job or career) would you do even if you didn't get paid to do it?
The new proposition is this:
So what (job or career) would you do even if you were a millionaire?
At first glance, seems like both ask the same question - If you didn't have to worry about your finances, what career would you choose? But, in truth, the latter question demands more introspection because it is asking you to consider that you have enough money to never again work in your life, now what do you do?
It seems simple enough. You look at the world's wealthiest people, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey, among others. Irrespective of the fact that they no longer need to earn a living, they show up for work every single day and do so year after year!
When you start thinking about the work you would do under these circumstances, you get a clearer sense of what really engages you. If millionaire Taisha can spend her days doing whatever she likes, and she chooses to do x, you better believe that 1) it's not about the money; and 2) she loves what she's doing.
Michael Cage, marketing advisor, has an interesting post that addresses this issue. He says that we need to get away from the mentality that views work as something we have to do so that we can do what we really want when we're not working.
Do you believe that it is possible for the masses to marry work and passion; or is that just for the super talented few? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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